Support of same-sex law may cost PM spiritually
September 30. 2005
CTV.ca News Staff
Prime Minister Paul Martin may have to pay a spiritual price for
leading the charge to legalize same-sex marriage in Canada.
The Holy Communion ceremony of taking bread and wine, seen as the
body and blood of Jesus Christ, is considered the most blessed of all
Roman Catholic sacraments.
Deciding whether politicians who support laws that contravene church
teachings should still be allowed to take communion is one of the
subjects up for discussion when Roman Catholic bishops gather for the
synod at the Vatican. . . .
And the prime minister said Friday that gay marriage is not an issue
of faith – but of fundamental human rights.
“I believe in the Charter of Rights, and I do not believe the prime
minister can cherry pick those rights,” Martin said in Vancouver.
Father John Walsh, the town priest in Martin’s working class Montreal
riding of LaSalle-Émard, told CTV News he’ll continue to give the
sacrament no matter what the Vatican decides . . .
From her perspective as a former nun turned Catholic pro-choice
activist, Joanna Manning says the church’s staunch moral code is
“The church now has been very severely polarized,” she told CTV . . .