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16 November 2017

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

By Robert Hiini

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has congratulated the almost five million Australians who "stuck to their guns" in the face of overwhelming pressure to vote Yes in the marriage plebiscite, and has signalled that the challenge will now move to protecting existing freedoms.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that 61.6 per cent of people who voted in the survey - some 79 per cent of all eligible voters - voted YES to changing the legal definition of marriage.

"While I do not deny the good will of many who voted Yes, I am deeply disappointed that the likely result will be legislation to further deconstruct marriage and family in Australia," Archbishop Fisher said.

"But I am heartened that millions of Australians still stand by the conviction that marriage is a unique relationship between a man and a woman.

"To the many already-married couples and those contemplating it I say: Don't let this decision dishearten you or undermine your appreciation of the sanctity of real marriage."


15 November 2017

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP, says he is both disappointed and heartened by the result of the National Marriage Postal Survey on changing the legal definition of marriage in Australia.

"While I do not deny the good will of many who voted Yes, I am deeply disappointed that the likely result will be legislation to further deconstruct marriage and family in Australia," Archbishop Fisher said.

"But I am heartened that millions of Australians still stand by the conviction that marriage is a unique relationship between a man and woman. In fact, only 48% of eligible voters voted Yes to redefining marriage in law."

9 October 2017

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26 October 2017

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

A leading Australian Catholic theologian has criticised pronouncements by Fr Frank Brennan SJ and high-profile journalist Greg Sheridan on same-sex marriage as dissenting from Catholic teaching on marriage.

Both Father Brennan, a Jesuit priest, and Mr Sheridan, a highly-regarded foreign affairs journalist for The Australian newspaper who is also a Catholic, have publically supported same-sex marriage in recent months.

Both have argued that a Catholic can in good conscience support same-sex marriage for the common good of society while maintaining a personal belief in sacramental marriage as taught by the Church.

However Dr Conor Sweeney, a lecturer at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne, says the statements to this point by the two are a serious issue and incompatible with their faith.

21 September 2017

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

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