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FREDERICTON, NB, October 22, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Fredericton Brunswick saw the largest-ever demonstration at its provincial legislature Saturday as some 2,500 people gathered to support traditional marriage.  A group of 50 homosexual-activist protesters were dwarfed by the crowd.  Karl Csaszar, president of the Fredericton chapter of the Canada Family Action Coalition, organized the “Called to Stand for the Protection of Marriage” rally.  Several religious leaders addressed the crowd with pro-life/family Saint John MP Elsie Wayne seated in the front row.

The Catholic Bishop of Saint John, Faber MacDonald, received cheers for his courageous comments.  The bishop began, “We are standing here today, before this precious democratic institution, to call for the protection of marriage.  That we have to do this is a call to our elected representatives, as well as to members of other institutions in society and in the Church, to wake up.  To wake up and see the negative influence of popular culture, media and entertainment, in undermining the essential place, and role of marriage, for children, society, and the future of the world.”“Now our government, and our courts, are proceeding to inflict further shame by imposing two definitions of marriage that are inherently contradictory. To add to the shame our government has sidestepped its legitimate role and handed it to Courts,” he continued.  In a strong rallying cry Bishop MacDonald exclaimed, “We the people of Canada here in New Brunswick are telling you parliamentarians and judges that we are not going to meekly sit by as you impose ‘so called’ gay marriage.”  The bishop compared the alternative definition of marriage to counterfeit money.  “What would be the value of the Canadian dollar if our financial system started to treat counterfeit money the same as real money?  What would the loonie be worth?  We all know the answer: Not very much.  The same is true for marriage.  What would the institution of marriage be worth if our legal system started to treat counterfeit marriages the same as real marriages?  The answer is: not very much.  And we are talking about the core institution of our society.  No economic system, no political system, no society can afford to put counterfeit things on a par with the genuine article.  This is true in the case of money, it is very much true in the case of marriage.  If we distinguish between true marriage and its false imitation, we are not being unfair to anyone, we are not being unjust, we are not denying anyone their basic human dignity or their rights as persons. We are simply making a judgement between truth and falsehood.  We are simply telling it like it is.”  The bishop warned political leaders, “Politicians must never engage in moral compromise in the name of tolerance or pluralism.  A well formed Christian conscience never allows one to vote for a political program or a law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals.”  Concluding, the bishop hit on the central truth about marriage, the element which has too often been overshadowed in the current debate. “Couples must be led to rediscover the total beauty of God’s gift of sexual encounter rooted in their marriage covenant,” he said.  “We must challenge our culture by raising together our voices against the separation of the sexual encounter from the committed relationship of marriage.  Only when it is situated there does the sexual encounter become holy.  Not only that, but marriage itself is made holy.  For example when the sexual encounter is separated, when it becomes entertainment, or a multi-million dollar industry such as pornography, it is cheapened, desecrated, and the result is disorder, chaos, alienation, disillusionment, division, and sometimes death. All of which denigrates the dignity of marriage as a human institution.”  Contact information for Bishop MacDonald Most Rev. J. Faber MacDonald , D. D.  Bishop of Saint John Tel: (506) 653-6802 Fax: (506) 653-6859 Email: [email protected]

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