The Catholic bishops are at it again. This time, they’re complaining about proposed legislation on civil partnerships.
The Civil Partnership Bill entitles
- same-sex couples to legal recognition
- a partner in a relationship whether of the same sex or not, to seek maintenance from the other partner.
- a partner in a relationship to inherit property.
This doesn’t sit well with the bishops. They don’t want homosexuals who live together making arrangements for succession, social welfare and property rights. Apparently, they regard this as an attack on The Family.
This isn’t a defence of families. It’s about that abstract entity known as The Family, which the bishops and their fellow travellers used to such horrendous effect with their opposition to every compassionate constitutional amendment and liberalising law known to this land. Everything from divorce to the Mother and Child Scheme was opposed by these bishops as an attack on The Family, even if the proposed measure would benefit real, living families.
But let’s not forget, these are the same people who terrorised abused children into silence and knowingly hid paedophiles within their dioceses. That was because the child abusers didn’t attack The Family. They just harmed real flesh-and-blood people, and bishops, as we all know, aren’t used to dealing in hard facts when they can concern themselves with hair-splitting abstractions instead. This is why they’re against the proposal for civil partnerships.
The man who articulated this position is bishop Christy Jones of Elphin. You might remember Christy as the man who said that child abuse is everywhere and it’s unfair to blame the Catholic church.
Here’s my suggestion.
This proposal concerns people in loving relationships, and I’m afraid loving relationships are not something these bishops would know much about.
Therefore, the bishops would be better employed tracking down the child abusers they have harboured for so long, and working to ease the pain of their victims.
Let these discredited old juveniles keep their noses out of grown-up business.
Isn’t it extraordinary that a group of people with no moral authority should still seek to dictate to the lawmakers of this country?