Cardinal error

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I’d like to thank Martin Conroy for his letter (11 July), in which he correctly pointed out the good works the Catholic Church is involved in. This further shows how out of touch Cardinal O’Brien is, not only with society at large, but also with the institution that he claims to lead.

While many Catholics involve themselves in helping others, the Cardinal gives the impression of being someone obsessed with the private lives of consenting adults, not to mention the fact that most Catholics, like the rest of society (more than 64 per cent, according to an Ipsos-Mori poll) favour the rights of loving same-sex couples to get married.

In a time of limited resources what does Mr Conroy think will happen when the Catholic Church decides to “meet any cost” in opposing marriage equality as Cardinal O’Brien states it will.

It is clear that this means the very worthwhile causes he outlined in his letter are now at risk. I’m sure Mr Conroy, and many other sensible people of faith, would think that the Cardinal has his priorities all wrong.

In his letter, Mr Conroy goes on to state that “it is not an anti-gay rights position, but a pro-marriage one”.

Putting aside the Orwellian double-speak that says preventing people from getting married is actually pro-marriage, I take issue with his assertion that the Church’s position is not an anti-gay one.

When the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland says same-sex relationships are “demonstrably harmful” and compares marriage equality to slavery, it is clear that his position is not the positive one that he claims.

Mr Conroy and many other Catholics in Scotland can be rightly proud of the role that they often play in society. It’s just a shame that their leadership doesn’t show the same Christian compassion.

Ross Chmiel

Jameson Place