pennine: Hopefully without treading on toes, perhaps it needs to be said that in these days of people being “free” to do whatever suits their lifestyle or ideologies, here we have Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven telling a church magazine -of all things-that “if priests cannot bless same sex couples they should consider another vocation.” He goes on to draw parallels to the midwife who refuses to perform abortions, his shameless diktat states that: “If you work as a midwife you must be able to perform abortions, otherwise you have to do something else…”
No Mr Lofven, why should these people HAVE to do something else other than what was their original calling? and if that vocation of their choice or destiny doesn’t include YOUR demands (most probably to secure votes for you to stay in a well-paid career) then tough, get over it. That person’s vocation (providing it harms no one else) shouldn’t have to be changed from its course. The priest -whose instruction book the Holy Bible teaches nothing about same sex marriage is entitled to claim he/she isn’t qualified to officiate such unions(there are Registry Offices which can deal with such nuptial contracts) the priest of course could always give a blessing to the couple; we’re all sinners in some way or another and hopeful of God’s good grace.
The midwife could argue that her/his role is to take care of mum & baby, helping ensure both survive the experience, and not in slaying one of them. So Mr Lofven, maybe you need to find someone else to create a new religion that caters for the spiritual side of same sex marriage couples, -if the Register Office & priest’s blessing isn’t enough. As for abortions then best maybe to find someone trained in the butchery business, when the process is for non-medical reasons. Where it is required on medical grounds then assistance from a trained skilled Doctor is required if the mother’s life could be in danger.
But overall, it’s thought provoking perhaps, to consider that while some people’s freedoms to do what they wilt have the State’s blessing & guardianship even, that by the same process, via the State’s meddling & diktat, another person’s Freedom of Conscience is being sacrificed,denied. Indeed, punishable even!!!
Courtesy of RT News
Swedish PM Tells Priests To Carry Out Same-Sex Marriages ‘Or Do Something Else’
Same-sex weddings have been legal in Sweden since 2009, although priests can decline to carry out these ceremonies under the country’s marriage code.
This could now change, however, given Lofven’s recent comments about the role of priests in Swedish society.
The prime minister indicated in an interview with a church magazine that if a priest cannot bless a gay marriage, they should consider another vocation.
“We Social Democrats are working to ensure all priests will consecrate everyone, including same-sex couples,” Lofven told Kyrkans Tidning magazine.
“I see parallels It is the same for priests,” he said.
Official documents from the church say it “offers” both heterosexual and homosexual marriage ceremonies. Although it is not against gay marriage, the Church of Sweden’s official stance is that “no priest should be obliged to officiate at the wedding of a same-sex couple.”