Church partly to blame for Christians' differing views on gay marriage5 February 2013
The Church is in part to blame for confusion within its own ranks over gay marriage because it has failed since the 1960s to "explain attractively" the Christian vision of marriage, the Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan said.
Bishop Egan made his comments in a statement on Sunday ahead of today's debate in the House of Commons on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
He suggested that the Prime Minister David Cameron had ignored "the objections of the vast majority of ordinary people in this country" to suit the wishes of a minority.
Bishop Egan suggested that the legalisation of same-sex marriage "would in time have catastrophic consequences" for marriage and family life and could lead to the Catholic Church being forced to withdraw from the civil registration of marriages.
For other recent bulletins, select from the list here: