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Catholics urged to have their say on marriage


Adelaide Catholics are being urged to participate respectfully in the debate on same sex marriage and have their say in the postal vote.

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Weekend Mass-goers were provided with a letter from Archbishop Philip Wilson in which he encouraged people to vote and reminded them that Catholic teaching is based on a relationship between a man and woman that brings “life and grace to the world through the birth of children”.

The Archbishop called for “grace, calm reverence and respect” as the nation engaged in community discernment.

“It is imperative, and an obligation upon us from our faith and the Gospel, that we conduct this dialogue with a deep sense of reverence and respect for every person in the nation, and for the choices that they are free to make,” he wrote.

“The Catholic tradition on marriage is based on the long experience of humanity from the beginning.

“We believe that God blesses as a sacrament the love between a man and a woman which gives witness to God’s faithful and enduring love for all humanity.

“This relationship between a man and woman brings life and grace to them as a couple, and brings life and hope to the world through the birth of children.

“We believe deeply in the holiness of marriage as part of God’s divine plan for the human family.”

Archbishop Wilson stressed there was no place for “criticism, abuse or denigration of other people or their individual choices”.

“This is an opportunity for us to witness to our deep commitment to marriage in a way that might convince others by the depth of our faith and our respect for all,” he wrote.

“It is imperative that everyone ensures that they are enrolled and registered to participate in this plebiscite.”

For the full statement and more information on the same sex marriage postal plebiscite, visit




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