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Catholic Bishop compares same-sex marriage to Nazi ideology, communism

Monday, December 24, 2012

A senior Roman Catholic Bishop in the United Kingdom will use his Christmas sermon to compare the legalization of same-sex marriage to the way the Nazis and Communists tried to undermine religion.

Taking the lead of Pope Benedict XVI — whose Christmas message included the warning that same-sex marriage “threatens” humanity — the Right Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, will use his midnight Mass to say marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and to accuse Prime Minister David Cameron of attempting to redefine the institution of marriage for “generations to come” without any mandate from the electorate.

Rev. Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury

Following is an excerpt from his sermon, released earlier today:

Past generations have gathered in this cathedral on Christmas night amid many shadows which seemed to obscure the future for them.

We think of the ideologies of the past century, Communism and Nazism, which in living memory threatened to shape and distort the whole future of humanity.

These inhuman ideologies would each challenge in the name of progress the received Christian understanding of the sanctity of human life and the family. Winston Churchill, Britain’s wartime Prime Minister, a man without clear, religious belief, saw in this deadly struggle nothing less than the defense of Christian civilization.

Few of our political leaders today appear to glimpse the deeper issues when the sanctity of human life and the very identity of marriage, the foundation of the family, are threatened.

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This Christmas we are also conscious of new shadows cast by a Government that was pledged at its election to support the institution of marriage.

The Prime Minister has decided without mandate, without any serious consideration, to redefine the identity of marriage itself, the foundation of the family for all generations to come. This is again done in the name of progress. The British people have reason to ask on this night where is such progress leading?

On Friday, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Christmas message that same-sex marriage is destroying the very foundations of the family and what it means to be human.

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  1. Closet Queen

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:15pm
  2. Just seeing the post title alone is making me annoyed.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:15pm
  3. When really he should be comparing his own church to right-wing Nazis.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:17pm
  4. Oh yes…the gays are like nazis…..killing the jews and going to war killing more people along the way…oh yes..gays are so much worse than nazis /sarcasm

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:17pm
  5. I compare the catholic church to child molestation, rape, hatred, ignorance and intolerance.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:17pm
  6. Another dumbass that needs meds and counselling

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:18pm
  7. Oh god these people xD it doesn’t even matter to me anymore ’cause they’re so stupid like they’re totally below us.. Nazi’s killed Gays too

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:18pm
  8. BOO

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:18pm
  9. child diddlers!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:18pm
  10. With all the problems they have had with pedophile priests they have a lot of nerve…

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:18pm
  11. Are they in a program where spouting stupid bullshit is now law for God?

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:19pm
  12. that is funny coming from a group of terrorists that harbours pedophiles and is run by a nazi

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:20pm
  13. What? Nazi’s weren’t comunists they fought comunists. How many more kinds of stupid can they be at one time?

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:20pm
  14. because Reducto ad Hitlerum is best argument they can come up with. Since the Pope made his little Xmas statement about gay marriage that gives his underlings carte blanche to make stupid statements they like.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:20pm
  15. Coming from a guy who’s boss is ex-Nazi youth.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:21pm
  16. Facism and communism are opposing ideologies, Communist where victims in the holocaust…what is this guys logic?

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:21pm
  17. How many gays did the nazis kill? You know the nazis that were backed by the pope? The nazis which our current pope used to be amung?

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:22pm
  18. The Nazis threw gays in the concentration camps. They wore pink stars. The law was passed before they came to power & remained in force until 1969. Gay prisoners were not freed w other prisoners. And Mussolini was backed by the Church!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:22pm
  19. The bishop is a do do head.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:23pm
  20. Wait, so the Pope was a member of Gay Youth?

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:24pm
  21. said the man in a dress

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:24pm
  22. Self-hatred is the worst evil — most hate groups stem from that poisoned well.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:24pm
  23. Didn’t the Vatican help the fugitive Nazis flee to South America?

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:26pm
  24. Oh joy! Another Christmas message of hate from an ignorant, allegedly celibate man who has no idea what he is talking about.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:26pm
  25. What a jerk!! How can u compare same sex marriage to a massacre like that!!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:26pm
  26. Apparently this Catholic failed to learn the difference between communism and national socialism…

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:27pm
  27. Ironically his bigotry against Gays is far closer in ideology to the Nazi than anything gays have ever been…

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:28pm
  28. I just hope that some of the congregation has the balls to get up and walk out of his sermon – or better yet stand up and say something. Someone preaching such hate has taken all of the sacred out of his Christmas Mass and made it very profane.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:29pm
  29. And tell me….WHY don’t churches pay taxes again????

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:35pm
  30. “If you don’t follow my beliefs and you disagree with me your a Nazi communist”

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:35pm
  31. I compare the Catholic Church to the Nazis!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:35pm
  32. F~@$ you! Oh and Merry Christmas

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:36pm
  33. lol@the catholics that want to end inevitable progression:-)

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:37pm
  34. I have no problem with an organized religion sticking with what they believe. But if they want to express there views publicly in the United States, then they should be taxed!!! What a bunch of narrow minded fools.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:39pm
  35. either pay up or shut up!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:39pm
  36. Why can’t they see this is no different then when blacks were trying to get equal rights. They were the same way back then as they are now saying hateful non christlike things.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:41pm
  37. Considering that gay people were among the second largest number of victims of the Nazis, this is a particular cruel and highly insensitve thing to say. It is the same as comparing jewish people to the Nazis. What a lousy Xmas message.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:41pm
  38. Oh, yeah. When Gays were forced to wear pink triangles. The good old days.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:42pm
  39. And what should we compare the priest that are having sex with children and their accomplices?

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:43pm
  40. This is why the church sucks. Very dangerous comments.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:47pm
  41. 1. Okay, Guys, if you want to talk progress then stop using ideology from the Middle Ages.
    2. What people do in their own homes will have no effect whatsoever on your life. wYou will still go about your business and we will go about ours.
    3. If you want to compare someone to the Nazis, do your research. The Nazis didn’t like or accept anyone who wasn’t like them, just like you won’t accept anyone who isn’t a narrow minded bigot.
    4. How will gay marriage undermine religion? You can get married or have a civil union under many religions, not just yours. And other religions seem to be doing just fine after having married LGBT people under their respective umbrellas. What it undermines is your personal opinion/belief. Get over yourself. Just like the Nazis you used your religion to oppress others.
    5. This is a time of year to love others and share the cheer. You’re just hating others and being an asshat.
    6. Didn’t your mother ever tell you to treat others the way you want to be treated? I guess that means telling you you’re a horrible person and your bigotry will end the world.
    7. Fuck you and have a Merry Christmas.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:51pm
  42. Umm, didn’t their king in the pointy hat “used to be” (still is?) a Nazi?

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:51pm
  43. When is all this hatred going to stop? I am sick and tired of fighting for my rights when groups like this fanatical group of zealots compare me to a Nazi follower or be part of the destruction of humanity. It’s comments like this, from this idiot and the pope, that proves that hated and bigotry are alive and well in this world. So to those who hate us…KEEP YOUR HATRED TO YOUR SELF. Look into your heart and see that we are still human beings just trying to fit in.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:53pm
  44. It is this junk that makes me ashamed to have attended a Catholic University Law School.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:08pm
  45. The church should know, they collaborated with the Nazis and the Pope was a Hitler Youth. How dare they say one word about same sex marriage!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:08pm
  46. what’s he hiding behind closed doors? Be sin free before we throw stones.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:16pm
  47. And catholics were responsible for the inquisition and holy wars. Ugh!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:23pm
  48. Who puts these bigots in charge. Moron.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:37pm
  49. Good Lord, what next?!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:41pm
  50. There seems to be a trend: Catholic’s enjoy speaking with their heads up their own asses.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:45pm
  51. The Catholic Church is lurking towards obscurity.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:53pm
  52. Oh, gosh! This is going to win millions over to the Xmas message! Being Jewish, I’ve probably missed something here, but whatever happened to Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men? Or do I have my holidays confused again?

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 7:03pm
  53. Fuck. Them. All. Just Fuck Them. The catholic church is completely irrelevant.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 7:40pm
  54. I’m not a big fan of that guy. Or the one with the big hat.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 8:19pm
  55. For the Catholic priest – those who live in glass houses dude… GLASS HOUSES!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 8:20pm
  56. How can anyone be shocked that mentally ill people that believe in magic people in the sky say make insane statements?

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 8:20pm
  57. wtf im no nazi

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 8:27pm
  58. Douchetard

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 8:29pm
  59. Catholic clergy are Nazis.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 9:48pm
  60. As an advocate of marriage equality, this post really offends me because I’m neither sympathetic nor keen on Nazism and Communism.

    Nazism is a toxic ideology that tortures every opposite forces. The Nazis systematically exterminated every group that clashed their belief so they could impose their ideal propaganda and indoctrination on young and gullible individuals. A rick regime that deserved to be defeated and destroyed.

    Communism is not much different because it may seem to be a very perfect ideology on paper (classless society) but it is, indeed, an utter failure in the real world with real people and what was created to set humans apart from other species – the ability to reason. In the end, communism is just another totalitarian form of Nazism to control what people can see and think. In definition, it’s called “brainwashing”

    => I’m against both of these outdated and dangerous theories because many innocent lives were taken away by them in the tragic past that could have been prevented. Those communist defenders can keep throwing stones at me but I don’t care. You obviously never grew up with it can realized how much Communism screwed up people’s lives physically and mentally.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 11:02pm
  61. Shame!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 1:23am
  62. Shoot. Him. Seriously. Someone take these idiots and bang their heads together.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 5:19am
  63. The Catholic priest are a bunch of archaic, relics that practice pedophilia and rape. Please go off a die with the other hateful religions. Thank you

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 5:42am
  64. Can’t these people STFU for one single, solitary day????

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 8:53am
  65. Numbskull.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 10:15am
  66. sick((((

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 2:49pm
  67. The catholic church is becoming irrelevant much like the GOP

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 2:52pm
  68. Kill yourself.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 2:53pm
  69. The church is an evil institution, led by evil men and headed by a former nazi.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 2:54pm
  70. Nothing to take serious especially coming from a place of practiced complacency of paedophilia.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 2:55pm
  71. And he didn’t mention the pedofile priests they are protecting.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 2:55pm
  72. not down with bigots of any kind especially one who compares gay marriage to the extermination of Jews on earth! Very angry!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 2:57pm
  73. So, two humans loving and caring for one another is now morally equivalent to exterminating 12 million people? I have no words.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 3:10pm
  74. But I guess molesting children is a much better solution to the church’s eyes…oh yea that very Christian of you! -_-

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 3:12pm
  75. Perhaps he’d like to see my oven, or perhaps he has in the past, idiot!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 3:18pm
  76. Lets go back to days of Inquisition.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 3:23pm
  77. That’s funny, I draw the same parallels with churches and nazism and communism…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 3:33pm
  78. The Pope IS a Nazi. No one would dare leave their 6 year old son with a priest. These so called rulers are wolves in sheep’s clothing. The Catholic Church has no creditability.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 3:50pm
  79. Goes to show how much he doesn’t know his history and parties. More father of lies propaganda.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 3:52pm
  80. Well, this Pope should know!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 4:19pm
  81. Isn’t there pope a Nazi?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 4:48pm
  82. Why do we keep giving these idiots a voice?? This is no church of love and respect, it continues to spew forth vile evil hatred. They wouldn’t know love if it smacked them in the head a few hundred times……

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 5:29pm
  83. since when did gay people yell – kill the jews – in the middle of let us get married protests — nazi party and catholic church did

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 7:21pm
  84. He should know since the pipe is an evil nazi queen!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 7:27pm
  85. the pipe?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 10:32am
  86. I think he meant pope

    Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 11:28am