An English diocese has cancelled a lecture by a theologian who has taken a public stand in favor of legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
The Diocese of Clifton announced that a scheduled lecture by Tina Beattie would not take place, as a result of controversy surrounding a letter that Beattie and 27 other people signed. The letter, which appeared in the London Times, said that it is “perfectly proper for Catholics, using fully informed consciences, to support the legal extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples.”
Beattie said that she accepted the decision, but said that she tries to “maintain a difficult but important balancing act” between upholding the teachings of the Church and “entering into reasoned and informed debates about issues of morality, society, and values which are contingent and capable to being adapted to different cultures and contexts.” Citing the final interview of the late Cardinal Carlo Maria Montini, she said that the Church needs more open debate, and asked whether “people are still listening to the advice of the Church regarding sexuality.”…(Source)
In a couple of weeks, St. Paul’s University will be hosting a conference of dissenters, some of whom are hip to same-sex “marriage”. A couple of weeks ago, I received an “acknowledgement” letter from the Nuncio about our petition – the kind that says “Thanks for the letter. We got it and have read it.” Usually, that means that nothing will be done to shut down this scam conference on Vatican II. Of course, I knew that it probably was not possible to shut down this Conference, given St. Paul’s canonical status within the Archdiocese of Ottawa. That’s why I merely asked that Cardinal Turkson not to show up. But even that is unlikely to happen, considering this (check out Sep.28-29).
I fully appreciate that cancellation is probably not an option (actually I don’t…but it sure sounds diplomatic to say it), but attendance by a Cardinal and our own Archbishop is sending the wrong message.
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