Pope Francis has “repeatedly argued that the legalisation of same-sex marriage would be ‘a step backwards for humanity’ which would “gravely harm us all – homosexuals included – because the health of the ‘human ecology’ depends on a healthy marital culture”. “Far from revoking the Catholic Church’s two-thousand-year-long insistence that (according to divine revelation and the natural law) marriage can only be between a man and a woman, Pope Francis has been a strong advocate of that very position.

Those claiming his support in their campaign for a Yes vote in the forthcoming plebiscite have either not read him or are deliberately misrepresenting him. To vote with Pope Francis is to vote ‘No’.”

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP