Same-sex marriage in Canada
2005: Controversy over a pastoral letter sent by
Bishop Henry of the Diocese of Calgary, AB
On 2005-JAN, Bishop Frederick B. Henry wrote one of his monthly pastoral letters to
fellow Roman Catholics in the Diocese of Calgary, Alberta. It concerned same-sex
marriage (SSM). 1 It
||Seven points which, are either facts, or appear to accurately reflect
Roman Catholic teaching.
||One point which appears to be in error.
||One personal speculation as to the motivation of persons supporting
same-sex marriage (SSM).
||One statement that links homosexuality with adultery, prostitution and
pornography and asserts that: "the State must use its coercive power to
proscribe or curtail" homosexuality. Bishop Henry did not
define what he meant by "coercive power."
||One statement that homosexual behavior is "an evil act."
The last two statements appear to have triggered two complaints by individuals -- both heterosexuals -- with the Alberta Human Rights Commission (HRC).
Meanwhile, many religious and social conservatives have defended Bishop Henry and hs
letter on freedom of speech grounds.
Topics covered in this section:
- F.B. Henry, "On Same-Sex Marriage," 2005-JAN, at: http://www.rcdiocese-calgary.ab.ca/
"SSM" means "same-sex marriage"
Copyright © 2005 & 2012 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally posted: 2005-JUL-15
Latest update: 2012-JUL-14
Author: B.A. Robinson