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The good news story of a happy, loving family

August 2 2003

My wife and I are getting to the age at which a lot of our friends are starting to have children. The stories are familiar enough.

My wife and I are getting to the age at which a lot of our friends are starting to have children. The stories are familiar enough. Some couples got pregnant easily, others had difficulties and setbacks. Some took to parenting like ducks to water, others took longer to find their groove.

One couple we know decided to have artificial insemination using donor sperm to achieve a pregnancy. Although I am sure it was a stressful and anxious time for them, they approached the procedures with hope and good humour.

The happy result was a beautiful baby daughter who will soon celebrate her first birthday among loving family and friends.

We have watched this couple go quickly from nervous and awestruck amateurs to calm, capable, efficient parents in this short time. Not everything has been easy - interrupted sleeps, the normal list of real and imagined illnesses, the trauma of going back to work and leaving the little one at creche. But the joy that their little girl has brought into their lives is palpable and infectious.

Their daughter is so lucky to have been born into a family that will love and cherish her, support her, challenge her and always be there for her. As a couple, they have grown, become more supportive and more certain that they have made the right choice of partner for life. This really is a good news story.

Oh, did I mention that they are both women?

Ralph Saubern,
Clifton Hill, Melbourne.
 

August 1, 1203?

Are you sure the date was right on the front page of The Age yesterday (1st August)?
One article reported that the Catholic Inquisition has commanded secular princes to thwart any attempt to allow same-sex couples to marry. The other article reported the rantings of a devotee of another medieval religion who is eager to become a martyr for Allah.

The date in the corner said August 1, 2003, but the content sounded much more appropriate to August 1, 1203. Oh well, so much for the Enlightenment...

Dirk Baltzly,
Elwood, Melbourne
SOME 'QUICKIES'

LETTER: The Vatican rejects equal rights for same-sex couples but states that Christians could not approve "unjust discrimination against homosexual persons". So, denial of equal rights is just discrimination? I'm confused.
Angela Smith,
– Clifton Hill, Melbourne.

LETTER: What a surprise. The Catholic Church is trying once again to impose its opinions of what it consider to be moral on the wider community. Is it going to dictate my choice of breakfast cereal next?
– Anna Dooland,
Murrumbeena, Melbourne.

LETTER: Why has the Vatican not shown the same level of outrage and opposition to the physical and emotional abuse perpetrated by some of its members against innocent children?
– Paula Fisher,
St Kilda, Melbourne.

LETTER: The latest homophobic Vatican diatribe is outrageously and calculatedly offensive and hurtful. How would Catholics feel if the Mass were described as depraved ritualised cannibalism?
– Richard Moore,
East Hawthorn, Melbourne.

 


The Australian newspaper, 12th August, 2003.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Lessons on gay marriage


LETTER:  I WRITE in response to Frank Devine's piece "Gay union mere camp comedy besides true epic marriages", (Features, 11th August).

I have lived continuously with the same male partner for 31 years, the last 27 of those, under the same roof. In that time, the heterosexual neighbours on either side of us have long since broken up, re-melded their families, or moved on.

We both work and continue to pay taxes; each at singles rates, I might remind Frank.
We have never been mendicants on the welfare system.

As former Commonwealth public servants, neither of us has access to the superannuation of the other, despite a Senate inquiry's recommendations to the contrary.
For this, we have John Howard to thank.

Cardinal Ratfinger's (sic) document is a series of un-scientifically unverifiable assertions, not "well-reasoned" as Devine states.

One would have expected better from the cardinal, an inheritor of the philosophical traditions of Scholasticism, and Thomism.

Where is the syllogism upon syllogism demonstrating the nexus between the legal recognition of gay unions and the derogation of traditional marriage?

None exists, of course. The Dutch study quoted by Devine to try and demonstrate the fragility of gay relationships is epidemiologically meaningless, unless it included a comparison with a similarly-aged cohort of heterosexual couples.

The US has, as Devine states, the Defence of Marriage Act. America also has a divorce rate of greater than 50 per cent. Denmark has some (not complete) legal recognition of same-sex unions; it also has the lowest rate of heterosexual marriage breakdown in Europe.

Is there a lesson here? Devine warns against the "old Bolshevik trick" of inevitablism.
Who would have thought, perhaps 50 years ago, that decriminalisation of homosexual acts would be "inevitable".
– Douglas Clifford
Mount Nasura, WA.

 

Some burning issues at stake

Burning at the stake and stoning to death is no longer permissible in the Catholic Church. Now instead, it seeks to punish by verbal and psychological methods, viz in the latest Vatican document issued by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome.

Any declarations of pastoral concern for homosexuals who still hold to their faith seem now hollow indeed. While this document carefully restates that the Church show  “respect, compassion and sensitivity” to homosexuals, it is peppered with cruel and abrasive terms, denigrating homosexuals and their lives by outrageous and ignorant statements.

Where is the respect due to homosexuals who are living out Christ’s message as they see it? Where is the respect that should be accorded to Catholic politicians who have to address moral issues in the political arena?

The Catholic Church is a church of and for the people. But the hierarchy cannot seem to let go its desire for governance over the very consciences of its members.
- Jan Coleman
Kew  VIC