Catholic MPs will not be punished by the church for being in favor of gay marriage.
After some members of parliament in the UK supported same-sex marriage in England and Wales, the Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan accused them of being ‘grave sinners.’
However, yesterday (2 April) The Catholic Conference of England announced they have ‘no plans’ to side with the bishop and deny politicians Holy Communion.
Greg Pope, the Head of Parliamentary Relations at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has written to Catholic MPs and Peers to assure them of the decision.
‘There are no plans by any Bishops in England and Wales to deny communion to Catholic MPs who voted in favor of same sex marriage legislation last year,’ a spokesman with the bishops’ Catholic Communications Network told Life Site News.
The statement was approved by the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference after appropriate consultation.
Catholic MP Conor Burns told The Telegraph he feels unable to take communion at his local church after Bishop Egan said politicians in support of same-sex marriage should be refused.
He also described the bishop’s remarks as ‘a tragedy.’
When the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill was passed, 47 out of 82 Catholic MPs voted in favor of it.
Same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales on the 29 March, with many gay couples now enjoying married bliss for the first time in the UK.
The new law gives same-sex couples the same legal recognition as heterosexual marriage.