The Campaign sent our statement welcoming the Methodist Church’s historic vote to allow equal marriage to The Tablet, the Catholic weekly newspaper, in the hope that it might be of interest.
We are very pleased that they have published a news item, ‘Methodists consent to same-sex marriage’, closely based on our statement and prominently quoting Andrew Foreshew-Cain of the Equal Campaign.
As one would expect, the Tablet article includes a paragraph contrasting the Methodist decision with the official attitude of the Roman Catholic Church:
The resolution contrasts with the Catholic response to blessings of same-sex couples. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said earlier this year that “God cannot bless sin”, causing some dismay among LGBT Catholics. Despite this, the Pope, in a recent letter to Fr James Martin on his attitude towards gay Catholics, has since emphasised that God’s style has “three elements: closeness, compassion and tenderness”, though this is far from an endorsement of same-sex marriage.