Tony Blair lectures the Pope on homosexuality
Neither of these assertions is true, but it is just the sort of Leftish-liberal pap the BBC loves to spout. It may be an unpalatable truth, but the Church is supposed to be 'out of step with public opinion'; it is not supposed to dance to the tunes of each focus group; its bishops are not supposed to sway, like scurvy politicians, with each and every wind that blows in whichever direction.
But Mr Blair asserts that His Holiness must begin ‘re-thinking the issue’. And if he must re-think, the only inference to be drawn is that the Pope is wrong. With supreme irony, the former Anglican demands a 'reformation of attitudes'.
This is interesting, for when the Pope promulgates a dogma on matters of faith and morals, he has the capacity to pronounce infallibly ex cathedra. And the position of Pope Benedict on homosexuality is consistent with sacred Scripture, sacred tradition and the sacred Magisterium: the teaching is perfectly consonant with orthodoxy and the infallibility of the Church. Homosexuality is ‘against nature’, as St Paul said, and so the Church has historically taught that same-sex relations are a sin, which Rome has categorised as the 'mortal' variety.
The Vatican and Pope Benedict represent some of those 'forces of conservatism' so despised by Tony Blair. By challenging the traditional teaching, he is presuming to know better than the Pope in exactly the same manner as those in another place presume to know better that than the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Good grief, even Cranmer knows that Roman Catholicism is not like à la carte Anglicanism: one may not choose one dimension of the Magisterium and pour scorn upon the rest; one may not prefer one ecumenical council over another; one may not be ‘a pro-abortion Catholic’ any more than one may be a paedophile priest. And for Pope Benedict, being a 'gay Catholic' is tantamount to flooding Africa with condoms.
Of course, some of those Roman Catholics who themselves struggle with homosexuality and who manifest in their inclination the very ‘intrinsic moral disorder’ condemned by Pope Benedict immediately seek to turn the issue away from the topic of homosexuality: Why should Tony Blair demand that the Pope shift his stance on homosexuality when Mr Blair is so clearly wrong on such moral issues as abortion? Mr Blair may be a 'Tablet' type of Roman Catholic, but at least he is honest about it. Some of those on the other side - those with ‘entrenched attitudes’ - frequently manifest in their criticism of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council or their subversive and disrespectful attitudes to their pastors and leaders in England that very spirit of Protestantism which they are so quick to condemn in Tony Blair.
And they fail to appreciate that he is playing an unavoidable religio-political game in his long-prophesied quest to be President of Europe. He has to be seen to be promulgating the secular creed of the European Union over and above the creeds of the Church, for the EU is hostile to religion and to Christianity in particular. By effectively stating that homosexuality is not a sin, thereby overturning two millennia of Christian orthodoxy and riding roughshod over the academic and theological brilliance of Pope Benedict XVI, Tony Blair is making just the right noises and appealing to the very constituency he needs to impress if he is to lead this Godless political entity. God forbid that he might suffer the same fate as the 'misogynistic' and 'homophobic' Rocco Buttiglione.