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UK Catholics intensify campaign against same sex marriage

UK Catholics intensify campaign against same sex marriage
LONDON — The Roman Catholic Church stepped up its campaign against civil gay marriage, with a letter from two senior archbishops being read out at services in 2,500 churches on Sunday.
The letter from Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and Archbishop Peter Smith, the Archbishop of Southwark, said it was their “duty” to defend the institution of marriage.
“Changing the legal definition of marriage would be a profoundly radical step. Its consequences should be taken seriously now,” Nichols and Smith said in the letter, which was being read out at parish churches in England and Wales.
“We have a duty to married people today, and to those who come after us, to do all we can to ensure that the true meaning of marriage is not lost for future generations.”
Prime Minister David Cameron’s government will later this month launch a formal consultation on plans to introduce same-sex civil marriages before the next general election in 2015.
One week ago Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, said the plans were “madness”.
But a poll in the right-leaning Sunday Telegraph newspaper showed public support for the proposals, with 45 percent saying they supported the move to legalise gay marriage, 36 percent opposing it.

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HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.