Priest’s stance shows change in attitudes
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.