In a New Year s Day homily to be preached in St Mary s Cathedral, Edinburgh on Sunday 1 January 2006 Cardinal Keith O Brien will criticise recent changes in society, which have promoted alternative lifestyles whilst undermining values which for generations have been treasured .
His comments follow the introduction of recent legislation to allow same sex civil partnerships and the vote by the Scottish Parliament to dramatically reduce the waiting periods for divorce.
The Cardinal will claim that the family, remains; the basic social unit, which needs to be recognised protected and promoted as the most vital cell of society. While adding; Sadly, we live at a time when the truth of marriage and family is obscured and distorted. It is not without reason that human societies throughout history and across cultures have flourished only when they have built their human relationships on the rock of marriage
Cardinal O Brien will claim that; When our lawmakers condone and endorse trends in society, which are ultimately ruinous of family life, we are entitled to question their motivation and condemn their behaviour.
He concludes with a call to; remind our politicians that marriage and its unique status is still important to most of us. And endorses last week s call (23 December) from Pope Benedict XVI to the UK Government to acknowledge the indispensable role of stable marriage and family life for the good of society. Adding; Only when our Government and our Parliament give unequivocal support to marriage and argue for its promotion can we begin to tackle the root of so many social ills.
The Cardinal s homily will be delivered at the 11.30am Mass at St Mary s Cathedral, Broughton Street, Edinburgh on Sunday 1 January 2006. You are invited to send a reporter, photographer, camera crew.
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