This is an institution that aids and abets the rape of children. And whose own followers don’t even agree with, and outright ignore, the church leaders on a host of “moral” issues. So we care what the Catholic church has to say about morality, why exactly?
At the Designer Civil Partnership show at Shakespeare’s erstwhile theatre, excited couples discussed the colour scheme of invitations, whether wedding “favours” were a necessary part of the big day – and the decision of the Catholic church to wage war against government plans for gay marriage.
“I think it’s disgusting. We are not second-class citizens and the idea that this archaic institution should dictate how we live our lives is appalling,” said Matt Turrell, 37, a photographer specialising in civil partnerships. “At the end of the day, the union of two people should be about love. Why should we be denied the right to express that publicly?”
On Sunday a letter from two senior Catholic archbishops was read in 2,500 parish churches during mass, arguing that a change to the law would reduce the significance of marriage. Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and Archbishop Peter Smith, the archbishop of Southwark, urged their flock to sign a petition against the move, telling them it was their “duty to do all we can to ensure that the true meaning of marriage is not lost for future generations”.
I watched “Elizabeth” again the other night. It’s amazing the degree to which so much of Catholic history becomes readily understandable when you see the moral decay, and hate, in the church leadership today.