It’s clear from his remark that “Their dignity has to be respected at every turn” and from previous statements that the archbishop’s heart is in the right place. Sadly, his idea that same-sex couples’ love is like that of friends demonstrates as clearly that he just doesn’t understand human sexuality. Just like the majority of celibate Catholic bishops, he’s hopelessly out of touch with reality on this topic. It’s way past time for the church to allow teaching on sex and marriage to be guided by those with some practical experience of the subject.
An Australian bishop has said same-gender couples’ love is “like the love of friends,” weighing in as the nation’s postal survey on marriage equality continues through early November. He also commented on pastoral care for lesbian and gay Catholics in general.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane made his remarks about marriage equality during an interview with ABC, telling the program’s host of same-gender couples:
“‘That love is like the love of friends. . .It is love and it is valuable but it’s not and it can’t be the kind of love that we call marriage. . .Parents can’t marry their children, children can’t marry their parents. Sibling marrying sibling has always been ruled out. People underage have been disqualified from marrying but so too people of the same sex. . .That is not to say that they are not equal. It’s simply saying that they are not the same and that they don’t qualify for what we call marriage.’”
Source: New Ways Ministry