August 2nd, 2010
02:22 PM ET

Chilean archbishop criticizes Argentina's same-sex marriage law

The battle over same-sex marriage in Latin America has moved to Chile, where the nation's Roman Catholic archbishop said this weekend such unions are an "aberration."

The comments by Monsignor Francisco Javier Errazuriz came just days after a same-sex marriage in neighboring Argentina, where a law approving the unions nationwide went into effect in mid-July.

A Chilean senator said in June he will introduce a bill that would recognize civil unions among gay couples. Passage of the bill is far from certain.

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Filed under: Argentina • Catholic Church • Chile • Gay marriage • South America

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. JohnR

    I wonder if the bishop was busy molesting a young boy when he issued this criticism of gay marriage???

    August 31, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  2. j627

    Setting aside religious beliefs, marriage between same sex is unnatural. Even time immemorial it is viewed with disgust because such partnerships are viewed as going against the very nature of man, and that is to procreate. Same-sex partners cannot procreate (getting surrogates doesn't count). But because of political correctness, because of support from some media personalities in hollywood, it is now being pushed as a basic human right which is just totally absurd.

    August 4, 2010 at 12:13 am |
  3. CatholicMom

    After reading the following Bible verses I am curious, how do protestant ecclesial communities that use the Bible as their guide and proclaim it the inspired word of God, say they can marry two men or two women? How do they get around these verses? Could someone, please, explain………?

    Matthew 19:5-6

    and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?
    So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate."

    Ephesians 5:31-33
    "For this reason a man shall leave (his) father and (his) mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
    This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.
    In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
    • peace2all


      Hi there...CM...

      That is actually a good question..... As an agnostic...... I wouldn't be the one to be the truthsayer on this, but, doesn't it come down to either biblical literalists vs. biblical interpretationists.,?

      What do you think....am I making any sense on the difference here for you believers....?

      And for those of us that don't really believe in the bible, it doesn't matter....

      Peace and respect to you......

      August 4, 2010 at 2:12 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Thanks for your comment, Peace2all…..

      It would seem that these protestant communities would speak up and explain it happily so we all can understand them better. The ministers and persons belonging to these communities have 'advertised' on other blogs 'come join us' because 'we will marry you and with a female minister, too'; so here is their chance to ‘clear up’ any misunderstandings. My thinking is…they really aren’t Bible communities…..or their Bible isn’t whole.

      I believe that whoever is the author of a book should be the one with the truth about its contents, its meanings, and purpose, regardless of what the reader may come away with. Some may agree with the author and some may not but it is still the author’s book and knows exactly what it means.

      Others can take the book and twist its meaning to suit themselves especially if they want to use it as a guide for what they consider right living and don’t like all the absolutes in the book. But then it isn’t the original book and has been plagiarized, and added to or subtracted from…..

      If I bought a book on ‘How to Live in the Woods’ and it said to ‘only eat these plants’ but ‘don’t eat that one’ as it could be detrimental to your life, I would trust the author’s knowledge possibly because the forward told of his life’s experiences in the field.

      Of course, as time went on out in the woods, I may think, ‘Hey, this is pretty good, things are going pretty well out here, I should be able to take a nibble off that plant and see for myself; after all, there are so many of these plants out here, they must be good for something!’ That nibble or deviation away from the right way to live in the woods could make you sick or die…..

      So, if you ‘make it out of the woods’ you might know that it was a good book just as the author had written it….and would even recommend it to a friend. Most likely you would not tear out chapters or change any words or add any words either because it was perfect the way it was.

      August 4, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  4. MK

    Sorry.. I don't believe in same-sex marriage.. Are you going to bash me too? So typical.

    August 2, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
    • peace2all



      Yeah Argentina....!

      Booh Chile, Catholic Church... oh, and MK..!!

      August 3, 2010 at 1:58 am |
  5. peace2all

    I will keep it simple for the 'moderators' this time...

    Yeah... Argentina...!

    Booh.... Chile and the Catholic Church...!

    August 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  6. peace2all


    Yep.... I am unfortunately a prime target for the moderators... (sigh)...

    Hope that you are well....

    August 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  7. Reality

    Ahh, the dreaded "awaiting moderation" message so let us say hopefully only a few words that do not offend said moderators.

    Hmmm, the murky waters of same-s-ex unions vs. the natural m-arraige a-ct.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  8. Reality

    Hmmm, the murky waters of same-sex unions vs. the natural marraige act. Obviously an in-depth discussion of said situation is not approved by the moderators as all attempts are blocked. Prudish are they??

    August 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  9. TheRationale

    Each day these religious wonks further isolate themselves from the twenty first century.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  10. Joe Mustich, JP

    Kudos to Argentina for supporting full civil and marriage equality rights in the 21st century.
    Onward, Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace, Washington, Connecticut, USA.

    And kudos to CT for being a marriage equality state since 2008, and where I perform non-religious civil ceremonies all the time for couples, many of whom have been together for 20, 30 and 45 years!

    And to the flat-earth folks, please find another issue to focus on, and to the archbishop, please clean up your own house.
    And it's time for pastors to marry, and for women to be ordained too.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
    • gerald

      Your kudos don't matter much. The kudos of the almighty are what matter and he has told us what his answer is on it. He ordained marriage for man. One man, one woman. Those who change this definition will learn what wailing and gnashing of teeth means. Sad. Lord have mercy.

      August 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
    • NYgirl

      Why do all you Christians think your God is so evil? I think it's probably just you...

      August 31, 2010 at 11:12 am |
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