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‘Legality does not make a thing moral’
A Christian NGO, T&T Cause, called the nation to come out April 6 and unite to preserve and protect the family and stop the following: The striking down of the buggery law legalising same-sex-marriage.
The position of the Church on this call is guided by the statement “Marriage: A Covenant between a Man and a Woman” issued April 25, 2015 by the Antilles Episcopal Conference, the grouping of Catholic bishops of the English, Dutch and French-speaking Caribbean territories.
“Respect for others, however, does not imply approval of the lifestyles contrary to the traditional ones, even if and when the State were to decriminalise the anti-buggery law, always bearing in mind that legality does not make a thing moral.” (p.5).
The bishops begin referring to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Marriage and the family are ordered to the good of the spouses and to the procreation and education of children... A man and a woman united in marriage, together with their children, form a family.” (CCC # 2201 & # 2202) (p.1).
The statement said the Church wishes “to reach out to our brothers and sisters who espouse a lifestyle that is contrary to the divine teaching proclaimed by the Church from time immemorial. As your bishops, we wish to affirm that you are loved and blessed by God with many gifts and talents which have enriched both Church and society.” (p.1).
The AEC noted in the statement that “all human beings, be they male or female, young or old, are endowed with inalienable rights, but rights, however, that must not infringe upon the rights of other human beings nor undermine the common good of society.” (p.3).
The bishops said “one of the ‘rights’ being promulgated aggressively today in our Caribbean region is the union between persons of the same gender. Notwithstanding our age-old tradition of marriage that ensures the propagation of the human race and the promulgation of our civilisation and culture, same-sex union is being promoted by very powerful forces, as a ‘civil right’ and an alternative form of ‘marriage’.
“In reality, ‘Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behaviour, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society but would obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity. The Church cannot fail to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the good of society itself.’”(p.4)
The bishops “strongly urge that all will respect those brothers and sisters of ours who admit to having an orientation different from the majority of our people. We must respect them, do no violence to them, and respect their basic human rights, for they, along with us, are made in the image and likeness of God.” (p.5).
The full AEC statement Marriage: A Covenant between a Man and a Woman is available on aflcrc.org, the website of the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission.
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