From The Telegraph in the UK:
My emphases and comments:
Priest apologises for joking that marriage is not for ‘Adam and Steve’
A Catholic priest [no, he is a deacon] has apologised for joking during a sermon that true marriage can only be between Adam and Eve – not ”Adam and Steve”.
Reverend Frank Wainwright, 48, a Deacon [deacon] at St Gregory’s Church in Cheltenham, Glos., made the controversial comment during a Sunday service. [It isn't controversial to people who have their heads screwed on in the right direction.]
He was preaching on the theme of marriage when he claimed that same-sex civil partnerships are not considered as marriage by the Catholic church. ["claimed"? ummmm.... they aren't.... are they? Did I miss a change?]
But his ”flippant joke” sparked five complaints from his congregation and has been branded as homophobic by gay and lesbian rights groups. [Just because he made this statement about marriage doesn't mean that he hates or fears homosexuals, that he is homophobic.]
Rev Frank Wainwright, who lives in Cheltenham, Glos., apologised for causing any offence and claimed he is not ”homophobic”.
He said: ”The sermon was about marriage and I have no idea why all this has come up but someone has obviously complained.
”The comment is obviously not homophobic and it was just intended as a joke. [A joke, in the sense that it is a clever play on words. But it was true.] My duty is to preach what the church preaches that marriage is between a man and a woman.
”I have plenty of gay friends [?!?] and I have no problem at all with them but as a Catholic minister I must preach that marriage is between a man and woman and nothing else. ["nothing" else... and therein lies the problem. More on that below.]
”I’m sure there are gay members of my congregation and I imagine it’s one of them who complained but it certainly wasn’t the thrust of my sermon.
”I can see why people are upset by the comment because it was flippant. I totally accept that I have caused offence and I am apologising for that.” [sigh ... they have a little nutty... and someone else has to apologize! Or was it not a nutty at all... but rather another purposeful slash at the Church to silence her on a matter of morals....]
Rev Frank Wainwright delivered the 15-minute sermon on marriage at St Gregory’s Church on January 17 this year.
He told his 200-strong congregation: ”Sometimes in our families we have situations that either surprise us or are not ideal.
”For example if your 15-year-old daughter comes home and says ‘I’m pregnant’ even if it’s a shock and we disagree the first thing we should do to that person is hug them and let them know they are still family.
”Sometimes within the church we have to hold our heads above the parapet and say what we believe as Catholics and sometimes in saying that we will be marginalised and put down. [Good for him. And don't apologize next time.]
”For example, in adoption a child has a right to want a mother and father.
”That marriage is between a man and a woman and it’s a life-long commitment and usually only ended by death, [And if it was a sacramental marriage, always ended only by death.] as it was in the beginning and ever shall be.
”Marriage is between Adam and Eve – not Adam and Steve.”
A spokesman for the Gloucestershire Gay and Lesbian Community group said Rev Frank Wainwright’s words were ”poorly chosen” but accepted his apology.
He said: ”I can understand why he has said it as there are canonic references.
”However, we are living in a different world and one would hope that anyone who is in a loving relationship would be accepted. [Go back and read that ridiculous statement and savor it.]
”In this country, it is legal for people of the same sex to enter into a civil partnership and that is not necessarily a religious relationship. [It might be legal, but it is wrong in God's eyes.]
”But we appreciate he has apologised for the remark and we would not want to stir anything up.”
His Hermeneuticalness commented here.
Note how this dovetails with what is going on in Boulder, CO, in the Archdiocese of Denver.
What I though was interesting was the statement: "I must preach that marriage is between a man and woman and nothing else."
Once you legalize this sort of "marriage", then down the road people will want to marry minor children – for obvious reasons - and then marry their dogs.
Sort of like an old-fashioned nylon stocking, isn’t it? Once it gets a snag in it, there is no stopping the run.