Catholic Archbishop encourages ‘no vote’ – Perth Now

THE leader of Perths Catholic community has intervened in the gay marriage debate, calling on West Australians to make sure they are enrolled so they can vote against any change.

In a long letter to be distributed at Mass in the Perth diocese this weekend, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe also says that just because someone is opposed to gay marriage, they should not be labelled homophobic.

It is unworthy to suggest that those who argue against the proposed redefinition of marriage are homophobic or some way lacking in intellectual depth, he wrote.

It is unfair to suggest that they are trying to force their views on others. It is cruel to claim that such people are devoid of love, compassion or understanding of those in same-sex relationships.

Significantly, Archbishop Costelloe tells WAs 530,000 Catholics the Church should be able to lead debate on controversial issues.

That our convictions are based on these foundational beliefs should not be a surprise to anyone we are a religious organisation, he says.

Nor should the religious foundations of our convictions disqualify us from engagement in the public discussion on these important matters.

The Archbishop argues society would be best served by retaining the traditional understanding of marriage, between a man and a woman and says he sincerely hopes Catholics ensure they are registered to make their vote count in the November postal plebiscite.

In affirming this longstanding position it is important to remember that it is based on our convictions about the beauty and dignity of marriage understood as a union of a man and woman for life, and as the best way to provide for the upbringing of children, Archbishop Costelloe wrote.

In arguing marriage between a man and a woman is best for children, he concedes this ideal is not always realised in practice, and that many children are raised in loving environments after a marriage has failed.

But the fact that this ideal is often not realised in practice does not make the ideal any less worth striving for, he says.

The Federal Government announced it would hold a non-compulsory postal plebiscite on whether to make gay marriage legal after a group of rebel Liberals led by WAs Dean Smith threatened to introduce a private members Bill in an attempt to force change.

The plebiscite will cost taxpayers $122 million and MPs across Parliament have signalled their right to ignore the outcome.

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