“DON’T MESS WITH MARRIAGE!”…. Special double-offer with “TIMELESS”!!

Anthony FisherIt's a bit greedy, but we have two nourishing and easily digested servings this weekend - for which we are duly grateful.

First, a glossy and attractive collection of insights into the reasons why marriage must remain a man-woman thing - for the good of all, especially children - the booklet "Timeless: Marriage & Public Policy" from our friends at the Australian Christian Lobby.

Second, "DON'T MESS WITH MARRIAGE!" which is an exceptional resource; a luminously clear, wonderfully readable defence of marriage from the "Bishops' Commission for Family, Youth and Life".

We owe Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher (pictured) and his team a debt of thanks - and let's hope it gives moral support and clarity of thought to many in their flock, and that these parishioners do their democratic duty and TELL THEIR MP what matters to them as constituents!!

Here is part of the media statement at the release of this booklet:

Catholic Bishops of Australia have written a pastoral letter to all Australians as the debate on same-sex "marriage" gains momentum.

The Bishops want to highlight not only the meaning of marriage but the implications in redefining marriage.

The letter says at this time in history there is much discussion about the meaning of marriage. Some suggest that it is unjustly discriminatory not to allow people with same-sex attraction to marry someone of the same sex. Others believe that marriage is an institution uniting a man and a woman.

We wish by this pastoral letter to engage with this debate, present the Church's teaching to the faithful, and explain the position of the Catholic faithful to the wider community.

Because of this, every man, woman and child has great dignity and worth which can never be taken away. This includes those who experience same-sex attraction. They must be treated with respect, sensitivity, and love.

The Catholic Church opposes all forms of unjust discrimination. We deplore injustices perpetrated upon people because of religion, sex, race and age.

Released by the ACBC's Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and Life, the letter says ;"We now face a struggle for the very soul of marriage."

Chair of the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and Life, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP said, "It is unjust, gravely unjust, to legitimise the false assertion that there is nothing distinctive about a man and a woman, a father or a mother; to ignore the particular values that real marriage serves; to ignore the importance for children of having a mum and a dad, committed to them and to each other for the long haul.

"Children have a right to grow up with their natural mother and father, where possible. We should not be redefining marriage so as deliberately to exclude a child growing up with either their mother, their father, or both their parents.

"If the civil law ceases to define marriage as traditionally understood, it will be a serious injustice and undermine that common good for which the civil law exists.

"Surely there are other ways of honouring the friendships of same-sex attracted and other people without further deconstructing marriage and the family," Archbishop Fisher said.

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