Bishop of Shrewsbury in second salvo against gay marriage

The Bishop of Shrewsbury has hit out again at plans to legalise gay marriage – claiming the Government’s plans are part of a ‘gathering storm for believers’ in Christianity.

Leading Catholic Rt Rev Mark Davies said British society was going through ‘atmospheric changes’ in which there was a growing hostility to public professions of faith.

His latest comments follow controversy earlier this year when his strongly-worded criticism of plans to legalise gay marriage were condemned by gay rights group Stonewall.

The Government is looking to legalise civil marriage for gay couples before the next general election in 2015.

Same-sex marriage is not legal in the UK, but since 2005 homosexual couples have been able to enter into legally-recognised civil partnerships.

Bishop Davies made his latest comments at a mass in Chester involving the Catholic Women’s League and the Union of Catholic Mothers.

He said: “The determination of the present coalition Government to legally redefine marriage may soon present new questions of conscience and legal threats to those who continue to profess the truth about marriage as the lasting union of one man and one woman.

“It would be exaggerating to suggest Christians in Britain face persecution. However, it would be foolish to ignore atmospheric changes which may point to a gathering storm for believers.”

In February, the bishop claimed plans to legalise gay marriage would represent ‘nothing less than a seismic shift in the foundations of our society’.

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Comments for: "Bishop of Shrewsbury in second salvo against gay marriage"

Derek Northcote

Dear Bishop.

Since when did your religious beliefs dictate public policy.

This is about CIVIL Secular marriage.

It has absolutely nothing to do with your religion.

just as good as you


David Palmer

I thought a secular society allowed space for all of its members to have a voice in the public square. Secular doesn't actually mean atheist. Therefore the Bishop has every right to put his case, just as you do yours. It has as much to do with his religion as it does with (I'm assuming) your non religion.

The attempt to silence the religious voice in the public square is simply a form of totalitarianism which a truly secular society should abhor.

Derek Northcote

He is using his religion to prevent people having equal rights.


Pehaps the Rt Rev gentleman should concentrate his efforts into putting right the churches internal problems with homosexual priests and those who abuse children, only when these problems are sorted out can the church have any right to comment on the rest of society.


Agreed. But it is more correct to say say paedophile priests. Nearly half of the victims were little girls. Child rape is pretty much the only area where the RC Church had a policy of equal opportunities.

The Original Jake

Yawn. Change the record, Bish. The human race becomes ever-more learned and enlightened and moves on, as it has done throughout history. You either move with the times or you don't - and if you don't then you simply get left behind.

And this.. " threats to those who continue to profess the truth about marriage as the lasting union of one man and one woman..." Marriage isn't a truth, it's not a universal physical law, it's an abstract concept. Humans created it, therefore humans can do whatever they like with it. If we want to change the rules then so be it, they're ours to change.

just as good as you

Let me point out that the Bishop makes his living out of pronouncements like this. He's just as bad as James Dobson, Bryan Fischer, Maggie Gallagher, Tony Perkins (et al) in the US.

John Dale

God botherer in attempt to make wider society fall in line with his bigotry.

I don't see any news being reported here.


I assume the Bishop is using his authority to dictate his views to his priests and his flock. No need for anyone else to take any notice at all.

I far as I can see it is not yet compulsory to join in this ceremony for priests or participants. The only reassurance is that by definition they must be a dying breed. I am concerned about adoption of children by single sex couples because I see no justification for putting the child into an unnatural marriage because it is bound to be confusing for the child.

That apart it is for the couple to decide how they want to live their lives and not for us to interfere. Not for me thanks, but if the purpose of marriage is for procreation it is an Anachronism.


People who comment on this subject assume that society is somehow a uni-directional (and upward) tradjectory moral rather than going round in circles.

Actually I think a better reading of the situation might be to recognise that sexual license often increases in the hedonistic dying days of a moribund empire - in this case the western liberal settlement of which the USA and the UK have been flag bearers. Look around friends.........these countries have dying economies and overpaid work forces! They are finished as India Brazil and China rise.

My best previous example would be the end days of the Roman empire.....Paul wrote what he did in his letter to the Romans at a time when everybody but him supported sexual licence........... because the Roman emperor was promiscuous etc. He risked his life to say what he did.

There is nothing new under the sun.....the mistake we make today is to see today innovations as 'progress' rather than the end of an age........

The Original Jake

What on earth are you jabbering on about? The bishop is opposing lifelong commitment to monogamy by two people, which is the exact opposite of hedonism and promiscuity.

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