Report: Vatican keeps focus on gay marriage fight despite setbacks

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  • November 12, 2012 - 11:35 AM

Catholic church leaders are not giving up their fight against gay marriage and argue they’re winning the battle despite setbacks in the election last week, according to the Vatican semiofficial newspaper.

In an article published Friday in L’Osservatore Romano by historian Lucetta Scaraffia, he writes “the church has emerged in recent years as the only institution on the global stage that’s capable of resisting the forces that threaten to ‘break up ... human society,’” the Religion News Service reports:

“Voters upheld gay marriage in referendums in four U.S. states (including Minnesota) while the French government recently introduced legislation that will allow gay couples to marry and adopt children. Spain’s Constitutional Court on Monday (Nov. 5) rejected a bid to repeal the country’s 2005 gay marriage law.

“You could say that the church, on this level, is bound to lose,” writes Scaraffia. “But this is not the case.”

“According to the historian, the church’s fight on moral issues such as gay marriage and abortion has drawn support and “admiration” from many non-Catholic."

"By opposing legislation allowing gay couples to adopt in the United Kingdom or fighting the birth control mandate in the U.S., the church “made it clear for everyone that this is not about progress” but about “the loss of one of the founding freedoms of the modern State, religious liberty.”

Meanwhile this week in Baltimore, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding its semiannual meeting (Nov. 12-15), where defeating gay marriage is slated among the topics of discussion.



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