Cardinal condemns UK’s Constitution
Cranmer finds this a little tiresome. As a theologian, the Cardinal ought to know that historical documents are bound by their context; they are products of their age, replete with contemporary expression and limited by temporal perception. To look at this Act through the lens of the present, and demand that it be re-worded to accommodate fickle changes in the usage of words, is not only unintelligent; it reduces the historical process to the whims of band-wagon superficiality. What is his next demand? The re-wording of the preface to the Authorised Version? The abolition of the 39 Articles? Neither the Cardinal, nor those politicians who support this agenda, appear to have any idea of the political and constitutional complexities of their demands. It would not only require months of parliamentary time to examine every act since 1688, it would also require that the legislatures of 15 Commonwealth countries amend their constitutions also.
Cardinal O'Brien’s demands are also hypocritical. He is part of an organisation that asserts that education should be controlled by the Church. In the UK, Catholic schools are financed by the state, but he appears not to view this as state-funded sectarianism. And when it comes to the propagation of ‘arcanely offensive language’, how many Protestants enjoy the ‘separated brethren’ tag of Vatican II? The term is hardly conducive to the sort of ecumenical equality that the Cardinal appears to advocate, sustaining, as it does, that Protestants are effectively still heretics. Since the Vatican is a state, it is therefore also responsible for state-sponsored sectarianism. At least in the UK the only bar to Catholics is on becoming or marrying the Monarch. Vatican law not only bars all Protestants from becoming pope (who is also a monarch), it propagates global discrimination against Protestants by prohibiting their participation in Catholicism’s Holy Communion.
Maybe the Cardinal should look to the plank in Rome’s eye before challenging the splinter in England’s.