The Catholic Church is fuming over Marriage Care's gay parenting support

The Catholic Church is fuming over Marriage Care's gay parenting support July 21, 2009

THE Roman Catholic Church has reacted angrily to comments endorsing gay parenthood from a charity with strong links to the Church, according to a BBC report.

A happy lesbian couple in Bavaria with their toddler
A happy lesbian couple in Bavaria with their toddler
Terry Prendergast of Marriage Care, which is partly funded by the Church, said there was no evidence children were harmed by having same-sex parents.
But the organisation representing Catholic bishops said children need parental role models of both genders.
It said Mr Prendergast, a former priest who has since married, was wrong.
Mr Prendergast made his comments to a gathering of gay Roman Catholics in Leicester.
He told the audience at the Quest conference that same-sex families, along with single and cohabiting parents, suffered discrimination and denigration because they fell short of the Vatican’s definition of what constituted a real family.
The views expressed by Prendergast about the definition of family and marriage are clearly not a reflection of the Church’s teaching, nor those of the Bishops’ Conference
Terry Prendergast
Terry Prendergast
Prendergast also claimed that there was no evidence to show that children of same-sex parents suffered in any way, and that the elements that made for successful child-rearing were stable relationships.
But the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales has insisted that Mr Prendergast is wrong.
In a statement, the organisation acknowledged that although it was difficult to define what a family was, the Church still believed that stability for children came from having parents of opposite genders who could provide different role models.
They said it was:

Inconsistent with Catholic teaching to plan or promote a notion of family from which (these elements) …. are deliberately excluded.

Marriage Care provides counselling and support for family relationships and marriage preparation through a network of volunteers and a telephone helpline.
It grew out of Church’s pastoral response to couples who were experiencing problems in their marriage.
Many of the organisation’s regional centres are funded in part by donations from Catholic dioceses.
The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, is a strong opponent of gay adoption, and fought an unsuccessful campaign to allow Catholic adoption charities to be exempted from equality legislation which outlawed discrimination against homosexual adoptees.
Hat tip: Barriejohn


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  • These priests really are scumbags. They always know best and that Nichols nutter seems as bad as his predecessor. They would rather have RC parents, vetted by priests, shoving terror into kids than kind and caring gay parents. Meanwhile they could be trying to combat FGM which is horrific. The following is from the Secular Medical Forum. (If you are a doctor ie medical: – I do not mean a product of the Bob Jones University which produced Dr Paisley, the Irish ranter – I hope you will consider joining this.)
    Female Genital Mutilation
    Some British Muslim girls are still being sent back to the countries of their parents' origin for this dreadful procedure to be done. And, many believe it is even performed secretly in this country.
    The Forum strongly deplores this cruel surgery which causes so much pain and permanent suffering.

  • Ivan

    There is no such thing as gay parents, straight parents or for that matter white parents, black parents, brown parents, yellow parents, rich parents, poor parents or whatever parents.
    As Oscar wilde might have put it, there are good parents and there are bad parents and that is all.
    Congratulations to Terry Prendergast for looking at real-world actual evidence and acting upon it.

  • Ivan. Agreed. My chance of adoption had I needed it would not have met with a round of applause from Vince Nichols and his buddies. Both of us are atheists.

  • Obviously, children would be much better off being brought up in the loving, caring, spiritual environment of, say, a Roman Catholic children`s home, wouldn`t they? Three cheers for Mr Prendergast for breaking ranks and telling the truth!
    Front page headline from the Daily Mail of 30th Jan. 2009:
    LITTLEJOHN
    "What kind of monsters can steal two children from their grandparents to give to two gay men?"
    We`ve a long way to go!!

  • Notice how the Catholic Church never gives a reason for its arbitrary rules (other than "it's in the book!"). Surely they can't expect non-Catholics to give much (or any) credence to "It's against Catholic teaching," or " The Church believes…".
    I'm reminded of a conversation I witnessed shortly after the Catholic Church tried to get exemption from the new law banning adoption agencies discriminating against gay couples. I was at a Catholic primary school (as part of my day job) and the headteacher was discussing the recent death of one of the governors, who, it turned out, had done sterling work for the Church, and had also adopted several children along with the other person with whom she lived. She was not married to this person, who was another woman. In fact both women were nuns. So I came to realise that the Catholic Church's argument – that children need parents of both genders – is bogus. The simple truth is that they are against homosexuality, and any talk of "role models" is just so much spin.