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A Catholic vote for gay marriage is hypocritical

Published 15/04/2015

Regarding the issue of "same-sex" marriage, Brendan Butler (Write Back, April 13) suggests it is "progressive" for Catholics to publicly profess beliefs which at the ballot box we may secretly vote against.

Does this not make hypocrites of us all? At Sunday Mass, we stand to affirm belief in the Gospel (God's word); then, during the Creed, to affirm belief in the Catholic Church; and again at the Lord's Prayer, in petition that God's will "be done on earth as it is in heaven".

God's word and His Church teaches (Matthew 19) that marriage is the matrimonial covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life and which is ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation of children.

So how, in good conscience, can we secretly vote on a Thursday for politicians seeking to redefine our beliefs which we regularly and publicly profess and affirm on Sundays?

BRIAN ROONEY

Downpatrick, Co Down

Belfast Telegraph

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