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Paris cardinal says 'gay marriage' plans undermine family

Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris is speaking out against the French government's plans to legalize "same-sex marriage" because the "support of family cohesion is needed more than ever."

"The strong position we've taken on the transformation of legal marriage has sparked quite a stir," Cardinal Vingt-Trois observed at the close of the Nov. 8 assembly of French Catholic bishops.

He added that the reaction to the bishops' stance shows "a real disorder of our citizens who express real doubts about the relevance and urgency of this issue."

"Public insults and ad hominem arguments seem to suggest some difficulty in accepting a real debate. Of course, accusing one of homophobia is the most common," said Cardinal Vingt-Trois, who is president of the Conference of Bishops of France.

His speech comes after French president Francois Hollande's Cabinet pushed ahead with a bill Nov. 7 that could see homosexual "marriage" legalized early next year. It would also allow same-sex couples adopt children.

The bill was sent to the legislature for debate the day after three American states, Maine, Maryland and Washington approved "same-sex marriage" in a popular vote.

Religious leaders, the rural heartland and the conservative opposition in France have spoken against it.

Cardinal Vingt-Trois added that French bishops are pleased that many initiatives are being taken by citizens, believers or not, to oppose the government's plan.

"Beyond political boundaries, legitimate in a democracy, it is indeed a commitment to the promotion of the common good for our society," he said. "The Catholics of our country know that their bishops encourage them to speak, to write, to act and to protest."

He said the bishops regret that the government is "placing so much attention on a topic that should be second after the economic problems like closing businesses and rising unemployment."

"For now, we will pursue our mission with confidence, relying on the word of the Lord: 'Behold, I am with you always, even until the end of time,'" he added.

On Nov. 6, Spain's Constitutional Court upheld the legality of the country's "gay marriage" law, which was approved in 2005 by the Socialist Party.

The court rejected an appeal by the Popular Party to define marriage in the constitution as the union of a man and woman.

France will become the twelfth country to legalize "same-sex marriage," with a majority of the country's 60 million people describing themselves as Catholic.

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