Australian bishop on same-sex marriage: Listen to ‘signs of the times’

Although most Australian bishops are urging a “no” vote on an upcoming national plebiscite regarding gay marriage, two prelates are singing outside the chorus. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta says the vote “should be an opportunity for us to witness to our deep commitment to the ideal of Christian marriage … but it should also be an opportunity for
us to listen to what the Spirit is saying through the signs of the times.”

After statements from several Australian bishops reaffirming Church teaching to Catholics in the country ahead of an upcoming vote on same-sex marriage, a two bishops are singing outside the chorus, with one of them saying it’s a “decision each person is free to make.”

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, appointed by Pope Francis to the diocese of Parramatta, also said that just like the legalization of divorce didn’t change the law of the Church, whatever the outcome of the same-sex plebiscite that will take place later this year, it won’t change the teaching of the Church.

“The Church will continue to hold that marriage is a natural institution established by God to be a permanent union between one man and one woman, directed both to mutual companionship and to the formation of a family in which children are born and nurtured,” he wrote.

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