Monday, July 12, 2010
The queer-hating Catholic Church in Argentina has stepped up its offensive against gay marriage in the South American nation. Using Sunday Mass to rally the faithful to protest before Congress on the eve of a decisive Senate vote.
Argentina, where 91 percent of the population says it is Catholic, could become the first nation in the region to pass a law legalizing marriage between same-sex couples if the Senate adopts the bill before it on Wednesday.
During Sunday Mass, church officials read a message from Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio in which he urged the faithful to protest Tuesday in front of Congress. The Bishops of La Pampa, a central province, published a document in which they defended a family model “with a mom and a dad, naturally endowed with the remarkable wealth of fertility.”
Not to be upstaged by the Catholics, the Mormons sent a letter Sunday in sacrament meetings throughout Argentina, reaffirming its doctrine of marriage being between a man and a woman.
In a single-paragraph letter dated July 6 and read Sunday to Argentine congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the church’s First Presidency said the doctrine is “absolutely clear: that marriage is between a man and a woman and is ordained of God.”
No word yet if NOM’s Maggie Gallagher plans to travel to Buenos Aires to join the planned religious protests in front of the Congress building on Wednesday.