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Don’t be bullied into supporting gay marriage, says Archbishop

Call to resist redefinition

The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, says married couples must resist being bullied into redefining marriage, reports AAP in The Guardian.

Catholics should respect and love all without accepting gay marriage, the Archbishop told a packed congregation at St Mary’s cathedral in Sydney yesterday.

More than 120 couples joined the Mass on Sunday morning to renew their wedding vows and celebrate more than 1,700 years of marriage between them.

“Marriage brings together … man and woman, sex and love, love and babies, parents and children,” the Archbishop said in his homily. “To say this is not to criticise anyone.”

Archbishop Fisher said the faithful were often labelled as bigoted, with political and cultural forces trying to “bully us all” into redefining marriage.

“To say marriage is special is not to demean these other realities, rather it respects the diverse ways of being human and loving, not pretending away the differences,” he said.

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About Ivan Mysiv

Fr. Ivan was born in Lviv, Ukraine in 1988 AD. He graduated from the Lviv Holy Spirit Seminary in 2013 AD after he completing a Master's degree from Ukrainian Catholic University in 2012. On the 13th of October 2013 he received diaconal ordination from Bishop Benedict, the auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy of Lviv. On the 23rd of February he became a priest by the laying on of hands by Bishop Ken, Eparch of New Westminster for Ukrainian Catholics in British Columbia and Yukon in Canada. He arrived in Australia in December 2014 AD.