The Catholic Church and the Church of England have ganged up alongside every homophobe in the world to condemn the UK government's proposal that gays should be allowed to get "married", a step beyond the current arrangement of "civil partnership".
To be honest, I am not sure why the gay community, of which I am one, is being so forceful in its fight for "marriage", an institution which heterosexuals have been deserting in record numbers over the years. But I guess it is a matter of equality and choice for those who desire it and I am all for individual freedom, so long as it doesn't frighten the horses.
The hypocrisy of the churches on this issue is sickening. Their argument is that marriage is there for men and women to procreate, with hardly a mention of commitment, partnership or loving relationships. I wonder what childless couples must think that because of their inability to produce children, they are in effect deemed to be in a worthless union?
The Catholic Church has been responsible for so much grief in the world and, in recent times, it has behaved disgracefully in matters of morals, showing contempt for common decency and compassion towards members of its own congregation and beyond. It is sad that the church of today has to continue to parade its prejudice against sections of any community and it is even sadder that those within the church, who themselves are gay, help to foster such anti-human sentiment.
The current pope, Benedict, is said to be seriously ill, prompting senior churchmen (no women!) to start their own campaigns for elevation to the great office of St Peter. Isn't it such a pity that an institution, like the Catholic Church, cannot be a force for good, rather than the vile, depraved, prejudiced, organisation it seems proud to be.