Jodi - posted on 02/15/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )
High-profile Catholic priest Father Bob Maguire says he would marry a gay couple - but not in a church.
The outspoken priest, who fought a public battle in 2010 to stop the church from retiring him, says he does not have a personal view of gay civil unions.
The 75-year-old Father Maguire said he realised Catholic leaders would not want a gay marriage held inside a church but it was his duty to help people in need, including homosexual couples.
"I'd probably consult the bosses and then I'd go back to the clients and tell them we can't do it here - it's not personal, it's institutional," he told the Herald Sun.
He said that he felt it was "his duty" to help people in need.
"Not only do I have an administrative responsibility but I have also pastoral responsibility and pastoral care would be taking care of the two people involved and their friends and their associates," he said.
According to Australia Marriage Equality national secretary Peter Furness, he isn't the only Catholic priest who supports the issue but he's one of the few who is willing to speak publicly about it.
"There are many priests who support and want the right to marry same sex couples," Mr Furness said.
"(But) people are scared of their bosses to do it publicly."
Yesterday the Catholic Church reiterated its belief that marriage is a union only between a man and a woman.
According to Bishop Les Tomlinson, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, "Priests are authorised to officiate at weddings according to the Catholic rite and therefore any marriage performed by a Catholic priest must be conducted in accordance with Catholic teaching."