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The Australian Priest Who Decided After 50 Years He’d Love To Officiate A Gay Civil Union

Bob Maguire, a Catholic priest in Melbourne, just did perhaps the most exciting thing his his fifty-year tenure as a man of cloth: he came out in support of officiating gay civil unions. The 75-year-old, who successfully battled last year to avoid a forced retirement, says “there are many priests who support and want the right to marry same sex couples.” Including him. But he won’t perform a gay civil union ceremony inside the church. And he absolutely won’t do gay marriages: “I will not do gay weddings. I cannot do gay weddings.”

By:           JD
On:           Feb 22, 2011
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  • 4 Comments
    • John Tim Dale
      John Tim Dale

      Well at least he makes it clear that he supports Gay civil unions outside the Church (well DUH), but not the sacramental rite of Matrimony for Gay couples (well DUH) neither which is allowed by the Church.

      However a civil union for gay couples is something he is willing to do, so long as it doesn’t conflict with his Roman Catholic believes in administering the rite of Matrimony. I think the article should *clearly* point out the difference.

      But I can see how many devout Roman Catholics may object to this one priest’s opinion. I doubt his Bishop Superior will permit him to do any of these things. Let alone represent the view of his diocese or parish.

      Feb 23, 2011 at 2:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      How appropriate the priest is looking down on us.

      Feb 23, 2011 at 11:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Boner
      Boner

      God bless him.

      Jun 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree
      Jeffree

      You have to wonder how long it will be before he gets forcibly retired & forbidden to speak in public. Guy would have made a lovely unitarian!

      Jun 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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