France: Homosexual marriage, Mgr. Gaillot for, Archbishop Ricard against

Source: FSSPX News


In the editorial of his diocesan bulletin, Mgr. Jean-Pierre Ricard, archbishop of Bordeaux, affirmed that “our society could not put the union between a man and a woman, who are open to the birth of new human beings, on the same level as that of two people of the same sex, who are not. If our society gives such importance to the marriage of a man and a woman, it is not simply to record the constitution of a couple, it is because marriage also ensures the renewal of generations, the legibility of the line of descent and kinship, and brings security as much to adults as to children, which is not the case in a union between two people of the same sex.”

The archbishop of Bordeaux declared himself equally hostile to the adoption of children by homosexual couples. For Archbishop Ricard, a child “has need of a father and a mother” in order to “structure his own personality.” “The good of the child,” he insisted, “must take precedence over the desire for a child of those who want to be parents.”

This declaration of Archbishop Ricard came in the wake of Noël Mamère, mayor (Green Party) of Bègles, decision, on Saturday June 5 to “marry” two homosexuals. The commune of Bègles is situated in Gironde, in the archdiocese of Bordeaux.