This is such a wonderful example of bishopspeak.
From THE IRISH TIMES:
In a statement, the Archbishop of Southwark, Dr Peter Smith, said the prime minister and deputy prime minister had made it clear that they were now considering “a fundamental change to the status of marriage”.
Dr Smith said, “Marriage does not belong to the state any more than it belongs to the church. It is a fundamental human institution rooted in human nature itself. It is a lifelong commitment of a man and a woman to each other, publicly entered into, for their mutual well-being and for the procreation and upbringing of children.
“No authority – civil or religious – has the power to modify the fundamental nature of marriage. We will be opposing such a change in the strongest terms.
COMMENT: So, marriage does not belong to the Church and nobody has the power to modify the nature of marriage. But the Church, which has no authority to define marriage is going to oppose any changes . . . that can't be made anyway.
Erm... I'm lost. Does not compute.