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The video shows a young man, reading before a crucifix and - in a way extremely affected way - the prayer of the Archbishop of Paris, accompanied by subtitles sometimes very outrageous that have nothing to do with the text original, but reflect for Act-Up "the deep and sincere words of the Catholic Church ".
Questioned by AFP on the deliberately outrageous message, an official of Act-Up believes that " even if the prayer of the episcopate is polite, it remains that the allusions legitimize the completely homophobic campaign of Civitas and Lefebvrists ".
The Civitas Institute, close to the Catholic fundamentalists, and that claims 1,200 members, launched in June " a lobbying campaign "against gay marriage" that will crescendo , "according to its President Alain Escada, with the debate in the Assembly National on the adoption of a law to that effect.
In favor of opening the right of marriage and adoption to homosexual couples, Francois Hollande, the French President announced during his campaign that legislation would be adopted " no later than spring 2013 "if elected.
To explain the nature of the prayer of August 15, devoted especially to the social crisis but also to the defense of family values, the Conference of Bishops of France stated that it was hostile to gay marriage and adoption of children by homosexual couples and called for a debate on the issues within society, while condemning homophobia.
Act-Up, when asked about the risk of confusion between the Episcopate and Lefebvrists hostile to the Second Vatican Council, notes that " prayer is publshed in the context of homophobia and violent caricatures of Civitas and thereby similarly, the bishops chose to make a campaign against homosexuality."
On the occasion of the Feast of the Assumption, Wednesday, August 15, Cardinal André Vingt-three proposes a universal prayer that causes controversy because of its political and societal dimensions. Returning to the question of marriage and adoption in homosexual couples, in fact, the cardinal called to pray for "those who are newly elected, that their sense of the common good of society outweighs specific interests".
This position of the Catholic Church is not shared by all its representatives. Like the parish priest of St. Merri in Paris, some believe that the Mass of August 15 is diverted from its true function. "Why this initiative now while it is not in the the news. How do you think Christians will receive it? It uses them to send a message beyond the church. Is the Mass on August 15 the place to make propaganda vis-à-vis politicians? ", questioned on Tuesday Jacques Mérienne , pastor of St. Merri, on France Inter (audio-in French).
"Same sex couples exist"
André Vingt-Trois wants a prayer that "the legitimate expectations of families of support from society are not disappointed", and "that children cease to be objects of the desires and conflicts of adults that they can benefit in full from the love of a father and a mother. "
A call that the pastor of Saint Merri does not support: "This will exacerbate conflicts. Same sex couples exist. They will not be invented by this law. And at the same time, it's a tiny minority, some tens of thousands of people in sixty million people. One gives a sign to society. What does that mean? It is a false debate that is based on a latent homophobia that is no longer that of our contemporaries. (...) There is in this reaction of the episcopate a huge deficit of thinking and listening," laments Jacques Mérienne.