Monday, April 16, 2007

Roman Catholic Church intervenes in Scottish election

The Roman Catholic bishops of Scotland have had enough of Labour, and have made a dramatic intervention in the Holyrood election campaign. They have written a letter to be read out to 500 parishes during Mass, which urges Roman Catholics to support politicians ‘with Christian values’.

The bishops point to the Government’s legislation over civil partnership, gay adoption, attacks on Catholic education, divorce, abortion, and embryo research. Such legislation and regulations are ‘seriously at odds with the insights and values of our Christian faith and of other faiths’. In asserting the principles of ‘freedom of religion’ and the ‘rights of conscience’, the bishops contend that these developments are ‘detrimental not just to the good of the Catholic community but to the common good of humanity as a whole’.

So the Roman Catholic faithful are exhorted by their bishops to vote for candidates who manifest Christian values.

Nothing wrong at all with that. In fact, it is totally predictable and remarkably unremarkable…

…except for the prominence given to the story by the BBC, and by the corporation’s total silence on the matter when such concerns are voiced by other church groups. Indeed, one minister, the Rev George Hargreaves, has founded the Scottish Christian Party to argue for precisely this agenda, but has only hit the media because his campaign is deemed ‘homophobic’, outdated’, ‘extreme’ or ‘fundamentalist’. He is even a candidate himself, but there are so many derogatory adjectives attached to his campaign for Christian values that it beggars belief that he could be standing on the same platform at all. In fact, the only difference is that he happens to be a Protestant Evangelical.

Needless to say, Cranmer supports the Roman Catholic bishops on this one, but he is somewhat puzzled that they have not been dismissed as homophobic, unenlightened, anti-science, or intolerant. The only insult not deployed upon the Rev Hargreaves is that he is ‘racist’, but doubtless this would not stick given that he is black. If one were looking for equality and impartiality in the way these agendas are conveyed, the Roman Catholic bishops should be bigoted, medieval flat-earthers.

It is manifestly not what is being said that attracts the reverence of the BBC, but who is doing the saying.


Anonymous Voyager said...

Well we can rest assured the Church of England will confine its interventions on the local elections to supporting the SWP campaign against the BNP and show that they prefer to engage in party politics rather than uhold Christian Values.....surely a breach of charitable status ?

The Roman Catholic Church has it correct in not engaging in party politics but upholding Christian values

16 April 2007 at 09:29  
Anonymous bob said...

The prominence given to the story could simply be a question of mathematics - 8 Catholic Bishops & 500 parishes might be considered more newsworthy than one Protestant minister. In the opinion of others, perhaps, one Protestant minister would be worth a great deal more than 8 Catholic Bishops and 500 parishes, but perhaps the BBC are looking at this from a numerical perspective.

As for insults deployed against the bishops, I'm sure they will come. They always do.

16 April 2007 at 10:07  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12

16 April 2007 at 11:36  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

Are blacks incapable of racism?However that aside it is high time that the Christian church stood up for itself and Christians in general, instead of following that spinless disgrace that calls itself the A B of C.Although we are councelled to turn the other cheek,that in no way obligates us to lay down before our foes and let them trample upon everything that we hold as sacred without a fight and an ultimate victory,wether the arch appeaser likes it or not the majority of Christians refuse to crawl on thier bellies.

16 April 2007 at 19:51  
Anonymous billy said...

The Beeb have tried to suggest that the Rev george is two faced. He apparently earns a lot of money from a pop disco song he wrote that was taken up by homosexuals as some kind of anthem.
The C of E just does not have a united voice standing with a strong leader.
Personally, I like fundamental; it is easy to understand what you should be doing for right.

16 April 2007 at 21:41  
Anonymous Alexandrian said...

The fascinating thing is that it is not just the secular media that does not have much nice to say about Mr Hargreaves and the Scottish Christian Party. There are plenty of evangelical Christian believers in Scotland who are almost as dismissive.

I have heard a thoroughly conservative, evangelical clergyman, whose views on homosexuality are pretty much the same as those of Mr. Hargreaves, commenting that the SCP didn't really have any policies other than "we hate gays".

These Christians. How they love each other.

17 April 2007 at 14:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

should be bigoted, medieval flat-earthers.

yes imams are rather like that

17 April 2007 at 17:44  
Anonymous billy said...

Alexandrian said...
These Christians. How they love each other.
2:15 PM

They do but it doesn't mean they have to agree.

Not referring to, Alexandrian, here.
Why is that non Christians have such strong opinions about what Christians ought to believe, or how they should behave. Even Sir Elton offers advice from his high moral pinnacle.
Should this have been a question for His Grace's pulpit?

17 April 2007 at 20:12  
Blogger Ttony said...

Could you change the photo of the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston for one of the Cardinal Archnishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh?

17 April 2007 at 20:34  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr ttony,

His Grace could, but simply can't be bothered.

17 April 2007 at 21:43  
Anonymous an Evangelical said...

Cat amongst pigeons time.

Of course the BBC values members of the Church of Rome above the rest of the population, in the same way that it values the creed of the Mohammedans above the rest of Her Majesty's subjects. In both cases, they have allegiance to rulers outside Her Majesty's United Kingdom. In both cases they want to subordinate the UK into wider confederations or states. (One of the clear objectives of the EU is to impose Roman Catholicism on those states for which it is not yet the state religion. For an introduction, see the writings of Adrian Hilton amongst others.)

In earlier days, the BBC would have been tried for Treason. But in concert with other organs of the Left over the past 50 years, they have destroyed our will to defend our Nation against these and other threats.

17 April 2007 at 21:44  
Blogger Ttony said...

OK. Fair enough.

18 April 2007 at 21:19  

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