Priest’s stance shows change in at­ti­tudes

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Chris­tian­ity and ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity have al­ways had a frac­tured re­la­tion­ship.

While some de­nom­i­na­tions are com­pletely ac­cept­ing of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, most view the act of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity as a sin even if they do not con­sider be­ing ho­mo­sex­ual as wrong.

In Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang steps are un­der­way to ad­dress some of the dis­crim­i­na­tion that have taken place over the years.

Only last month the Scot­tish Epis­co­pal Church de­cided to al­low same-sex marriages, some­thing that was wel­comed by Rev Paul Fletcher, of St Cuth­bert’s in Cam­bus­lang.

The Church of Scot­land has al­ready apol­o­gised for its treat­ment of gay peo­ple in the past and is also con­sid­er­ing al­low­ing same-sex marriages.

The con­gre­ga­tion at Ruther­glen United Re­formed Church re­cently voted to al­low same-sex marriages in their build­ing with their min­ster Rev John San­der­son say­ing he would be happy to carry out a same-sex wed­ding.

Father Paul Mor­ton at St Bride’s in Cam­bus­lang has now made his feel­ings on the is­sue known.

A post on its Face­book page at the week­end of­fered his sup­port to ho­mo­sex­u­als in the towns.

He goes even fur­ther in to­day’s pa­per, call­ing for the Catholic Church to “re­dress the harm that has been done” be­cause of their stance on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

In putting his head above the para­pet, Father Mor­ton may find him­self at odds with some in the Catholic church. But, one sus­pects, he will find sup­port among many of his con­gre­ga­tion and among the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

You can read what he had to say on page five.

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