Liberal Democrat Voice: Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Pope Benedict XVI ‘are not good’
But with a Christian demographic of 72.8 per cent, Cranmer rather thinks LibDem Voice has just scuppered Julia Goldsworthy’s chances of being re-elected.
The article has elicited quite a few decidedly illiberal comments about the undemocratic nature of the Roman Catholic Church, and about Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Pope Benedict XVI in particular. The problem is that Joe Taylor, like all Liberal Democrats, is trying to have his cake and eat it by attempting to find a ‘third way’ between Rome and Sodom, and lauding the ‘subtle reformer’ Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor for his immense achievements in making the Church more ‘gay friendly’.
There are those in another place who would choke on such adulation bestowed upon a man they view as a very unsubtle deformer of the faith.
Mr Taylor talks the Church up by referring to attendance at Mass on Easter Sunday. This Liberal Democrat was ‘inspired’, ‘amazed’ and ‘astonished’ that it was standing room only because (he thought) ‘churchgoing is in terminal decline, and the only people who are likely to attend regularly are impoverished, ignorant or delusional (or all three)’.
No, Mr Taylor. It is simply that Easter Sunday is the most important day in the Christian calendar.
But he takes this as clear evidence ‘that religious faith is still very relevant, and that the Catholic faith still matters to a lot of people in Britain’.
Is this man an idiot, or is it simply that he is a Liberal Democrat? He describes himself as ‘both a liberal and a supporter (on balance) of the Roman Catholic Church’, and proceeds to pour scorn upon those who are Catholic and (on balance) find liberalism incompatible with their faith. He puts the ‘success’ of his church (attendance at Easter Sunday Mass) down to those Roman Catholics who have seen the light and who ‘embrace a more liberal approach to what is essentially a conservative faith’. And ‘for this we can thank one man in particular - Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, the outgoing head of the Roman Catholic Church in England’:
‘Cardinal Murphy O’Connor, like Pope John Paul II, was a subtle reformer. Under his leadership the Roman Catholic Church in England has taken a more liberal stance on key social issues, without causing the huge public ruptures that have bedevilled the Church of England.’
We then get a bit of biography: about when Mr Taylor ‘was growing up, the Catholic Church was highly intolerant of gay relationships, gay rights and gay marriage’. But this, he says, ‘is no longer the case’.
Cranmer must have missed something. He has no knowledge of gay relationships being blessed or gay marriages taking place under the aegis of Rome, even with the ‘subtle reforms’ of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.
Unless they be so subtle as to be imperceptible.
But the Liberal Delusional Joe Taylor sees this as paving the way (he hopes) ‘for the possibility of female Catholic priests and bishops’. These ‘incredibly progressive liberal developments’ have ‘all happened under the watch of the good Cardinal’ which is ‘reflected in increased church attendance’.
Cranmer knows the Lord said only as a little child can you enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he feels sure he did not mean with the puerile reasoning of The Tablet.
The storm clouds are gathering over Mr Taylor’s beloved and subtle reforms with the advent of the counter reformation of Pope Benedict and the appointment of the ‘conservative’ Archbishop Vincent Nichols – ‘the signs are not good that this progress will continue’.
It is encouraging that Liberal Democrats can see the signs. But Mr Taylor ought to appreciate that for many Roman Catholics the ‘subtle reforms’ to which he refers are no progress at all. There is simply little desire for ‘family values’ to embrace the homosexual: being Catholic and Christian, they prefer the family to be as God instituted it – a man and a woman bringing up their children in the light of truth.
According to LibDem Voice, Pope Benedict makes liberal Roman Catholics ‘cringe’, and replacing the enlightened and progressive Cardinal Murphy with the conservative Archbishop Vincent ‘gives pause’.
Cranmer feels sure that quite a few of Camborne and Redruth’s 57,457 Christians might give pause before they cast their ballots for the Liberal Democrats again.