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SOUTH AFRICA: Church Condemns Approval of Same-Sex 'Marriage'

PRETORIA, December 7, 2005 (CISA) -Catholic Bishops have condemned a recent ruling by the Constitutional Court that homosexuals have a right to same-sex 'marriage'.

The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference reiterated the church's teaching as laid out in the Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 2357, which describes homosexual acts as being "of grave depravity" and "intrinsically disordered."

"They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved."

The legalizing of same-sex 'marriages' is doomed to have a morally deleterious effect on the institution of the family, traditionally defined as the permanent union between husband and wife, the bishops said.

The fact that same-sex 'marriages' were approved by the Constitutional Court did not make them morally right. The South African Constitution flouted the Law of God and was therefore not binding on the consciences of the citizens, they said.

"Indeed if the SA Constitution is being made to supersede the revealed will of God, then South Africa is morally doomed. For no one can go against God's will and come away unscathed."

In a statement signed by Wilfrid Cardinal Napier, OFM, president of the SACBC, the bishops quoted St Paul's Letter to the Romans 1: 26.

"For this reason, God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error."

The bishops dismissed claims that the church wanted to impose its values on society, saying if society accepted the existence of God, the church had a duty to proclaim and work for submission to the values that God had revealed.

 

 

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