The Archbishop of Westminster has described the Government's plans for gay marriage as undemocratic and a "shambles".

Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, made the comments in an interview with the BBC.

He said there was no mandate to enforce same-sex marriage laws.

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Vincent Nichols describes the coalition government's plans for gay marriage as a "shambles"

He said: "There was no announcement in any party manifesto, no Green Paper, no statement in the Queen's Speech.

"And yet here we are on the verge of primary legislation.

"From a democratic point of view, it's a shambles.

"George Orwell would be proud of that manoeuvre. I think the process is shambolic."

The religious leader claimed that during a "period of listening", those who responded were "7-1 against same-sex marriage".

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Speaking to the congregation at Westminster Cathedral during Christmas Eve mass, Archbishop Nichols said: "Sometimes sexual expression can be without the public bond of the faithfulness of marriage and its ordering to new life.

"Even governments mistakenly promote such patterns of sexual intimacy as objectively to be approved and even encouraged among the young."

The government is confident of getting a Bill, set to be introduced in January, through the Commons and the Lords - however it may have to rely on the Labour Party to secure its passage.

You can read the full text of Archbishop Nichols's homily here.


Simon Joseph Jones
Amused by Vincent Nichols' use of Orwell in criticising equal marriage plans. 'One cannot really be Catholic and grown up' said George once.


Nick Spence
To the leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales Archbishop Vincent Nichols- good will to all men/women except gays - that's the spirit


Becky
How utterly mean-spirited of the Archbishop Vincent Nichols to use his Christmas message to condemn gay marriage.