MARRIAGE (Same Sex Couples) Bill - conclusion
Your local Member of Parliament for Kingston and Surbiton, Ed Davey, voted in favour of the Government's bill to redefine marriage, and the bill was passed. Many parishioners wrote to Ed Davey asking him to vote against the bill, referring to the well-argued documentation from the Catholic Archbishops set out below and pointing to the dangers of redefinition.
SPEAK OUT FOR MARRIAGE
Statement from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales
"The government has published the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which, if passed, will fundamentally alter the meaning of marriage.
We urge you to ‘Speak Out for Marriage’ and defend the definition that has played a fundamental role in society for centuries.
The most effective way of defending marriage at this point is by contacting your local MP in order to make your views known."
Briefing document to MPs from the Bishops of England and Wales
The Archbishops' Joint Letter on Marriage, 17 January 2013
The Same Sex Couples Marriage published Bill
Contact your MP
Consultation documents and Archbishop Peter Smith's letter to the Home Secretary
Earlier communication from St. Raphael's Family Action Group and Parish Council
proposed new definition of marriage to promote same-sex marriage could have
devastating effects for the UK. We understand that other countries that have
followed this route, such as Spain and the Netherlands, have already sought to
delete the distinction between the terms ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’, ‘Wife’ and
‘Husband’. Stonewall, the group that promotes gay and lesbian rights, has
suggested the term 'party' to the marriage replaces them. No longer will
teachers be able to teach about traditional marriage without the risk of
disciplinary action. The fear is that The European Court of Human Rights will
ultimately require churches to conduct same-sex marriage, which could generate
significant tension when priests refuse to do so. Where will that lead us?
Act now: submit your consultation response on redefining marriage
ACT NOW: SUBMIT YOUR CONSULTATION
RESPONSE ON REDEFINING MARRIAGE
The purpose of Family Action is to focus on the family. Rooted in prayer and the social and moral teachings of the Church, the mission of Family Action is to offer support and guidance to families and the whole community on current issues facing society. Fr. Vincent has placed the this action group and its work under the protection of St. Joseph, head of the Holy Family. This also reminds us of the important link between our parish and our school, St Joseph's. If anyone is interested in learning more about Family Action, please contact us by e-mail.
How we can all help
Family Action will co-ordinate a response to issues in our society that undermine family life. This will include new legislation and relevant ethical concerns.
It encompasses all people in the parish who want to support the family and take action to influence law makers and the media. A committee will meet on a regular basis to consider the best approaches to take in relation to the various issues. The Parish Council will be updated of progress at its quarterly meetings.
Currently we look to parishioners to provide support in two areas:-
Family Action will be able to advise on Catholic social and moral teachings. It will also provide details of whom to contact, if required.
If you are willing to help please, contact the Family Action via the e-mail address above. Your e-mail address will be kept on a 'group contact' list and you will be informed as and when new issues require attention.
ASSISTED DYING BILL - PLEASE WRITE TO A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS
Archbishop Peter Smith at St. Raphael's
A MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP PETER
“The Bill to legalise ‘assisted dying’ meaning assisted suicide will be debated in the House of Lords on 18 July. There will be a free vote because it is not government legislation. If passed, this Bill would place vulnerable people at serious risk. If you have direct experience of caring for a dying person, either as a family member or as a health or social care professional, please write before 18 July to a Peer to tell them your views.”
For more information, please visit: www.catholicchurch.org.uk/assisted-dying-bill
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO WRITE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND CERTAINLY BEFORE 18 JULY