THE Catholic Church is often portrayed and perceived as opposing progressive human rights issues as in the continuing debate on marriage equality.
However, this view that the Church can be viewed as an organisation which speaks with "una voce" does not reflect the contemporary Catholic Church.
There are increasingly more progressive believers, who believe that the Church is a movement led by the spirit of God to recognise the basic equality of all persons - irrespective of sexual orientation.
In this contemporary Catholic Church, all of us share a basic unity in essential teachings, but we have the God-given freedom to differ in non-essentials.
On this basis, very many Catholics, including priests - maybe even a Bishop - will welcome our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to enjoy the same status regarding civil marriage as their other brothers and sisters.