Bishop: Labour has ‘lost its ethical credibility in the nation’
For all of this, the Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, has entered the by-election battle in Glasgow East, stating that the Bill has cost the Government its ‘ethical credibility’ with voters. According to the last census, there was a declared allegiance of around a third of the electorate in Glasgow East for the Roman Catholic faith. Notwithstanding this, Labour's candidate in the by-election, Rosemary Curran MSP, said she would have supported the Bill, will support it if elected, and is not convinced of the need to change abortion.
That’s how to win votes.
The Bishop has said that Roman Catholic voters in Glasgow are appalled by the unethical measures contained in the Bill, and said that they may express their displeasure at the ballot box.
Indeed they may, and perhaps they ought.
And not just Roman Catholics, but all Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jedi Knights
In a letter to Scottish MPs, the Bishop says: ‘Christian people have not changed. It is Labour that has broken its pact with Christian voters. What are we to do when our religion is attacked and our conscience outraged? When one considers the self-inflicted injuries this Labour Government has visited upon itself, one could be forgiven for thinking it had some kind of death wish.’
In this case, Cranmer may be persuaded to facilitate euthanasia.
This is not the first time that the Bishop of Motherwell has hit the headlines. In March he claimed that the ‘gay lobby’ attends Holocaust memorials ‘to create for themselves the image of a group of people under persecution’. Quite why he said this is not clear, not least because homosexuals went to the gas chambers along with Jews. But he has also referred to a ‘giant conspiracy’ of homosexuals and secularists, and favours the jailing of the former if not the latter.
He really ought to address the ‘gay lobby’ in his own church first, because judgement begins with the House of God.
But Cranmer has a question.
Peter Tatchell agrees with St Paul when he says that homosexuality 'isn't natural'. Paul refers to men who exchange natural acts for unnatural; that is, they engage in sexual activity which is ‘para physin’ - 'against nature’ (Rom 1:18-32).
Is a life of celibacy not also ‘para physin’? Indeed, the forbidding of people to marry is referred to as ‘a doctrine of demons’ (1Tim 4:1-3).