By Ryan Collett
Leadership of the Catholic Church in Europe has proposed forming an anti-gay marriage action committee. The committee would include leadership from other Christian denominations as well as other religions including Jewish and Muslim faiths.
Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Pope’s representative in Britain, announced the proposal in a speech to Catholic bishops from England and Wales.
In the speech, Mennini called for Catholics across Britain to put pressure on their government on its pending plans to allow same-sex marriage.
Earlier this year, a government consultation, spearheaded by British Prime Minister David Cameron, was formed to explore how same-sex marriage could be introduced in the nation. Various faiths including the Muslim Council of Britain have voiced their negative reactions to the consultation. Mennini, in his speech, called on such faiths to unite in their common cause.
“It seems to me that, concerning the institution of marriage, and indeed the sanctity of human life, we have much in common,” said Mennini of the other religious faiths in Britain against gay marriage.
Mennini’s speech came just days after a high-ranking authority in the Church of England called anti-gay political tactics by churches a “disaster.”
Bishop Nicolas Holtam, of Salisbury, said after, “It is a disaster that we have allowed the Church to be seen as the opposition to equal marriage.”
Holtam then compared religious opposition to gay marriage to that of 18th Century Christians who used Christianity to justify slavery.
Read more of Mennini's comments here.