Laws on freedom and tolerance pose a threat to religion, warns Catholic cardinal

GOVERNMENTS must be wary of the impact that laws enshrining “freedom and tolerance” might have on the religious bodies.

The warning that some people were trying to “privatise” religion and drive it out of public life was sounded by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the former Archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

But he just stopped short of playing the “persecution” card, saying:

I don’t think Christians are persecuted in Britain. But I think there are some sections who would like to privatise religion and put it on the periphery.

The Church has a part to play within public life and increasingly should play it, speaking about church affairs and affairs of the nation – making a contribution not from a position of power, but an interest and concern in light of what they believe.

He added to this meaningless guff that while the majority of Britons were happy for churches to have a role in public debate – really?

 There are some who would say they don’t need the church’s voice at all. I don’t agree. I think that governments have to be very careful how they legislate, so that freedom and tolerance does not become intolerance for some sections.

He spoke in the wake of a row over legislation that forced Catholic adoption agencies to close because they would have had to offer their services to same-sex couples, in breach of the Church’s teachings.

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor added there were 139 countries where Christians were persecuted to a greater or lesser extent.

Not enough is done in the West to speak out against this. In  certain areas there is a lot of discrimination and I don’t think its getting better.

I would remind readers that this pillock of society was the subject of a naughty, atheistic  BBC investigation that showed that Murphy O’Connor had failed to act appropriately when dealing with paedophile priests on his turf.

Meanwhile, another Catholic who failed to act appropriately in regard to the GLOBAL child abuse scandal, shadow Pope Joseph Ratzinger, is back in the news, this time in a report about The Ratzinger Prize. This  “prestigious” award has just gone  to two professors for their “exemplary scholarship in theology”.

This is what Robert A Heinlein said of the subject:

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn’t there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.

The 2013 winners were the Anglican Rev Canon Professor Richard Burridge, dean of Kings College, London – the first non-Catholic to take the prize – and Catholic professor of theology Christian Schaller, vice director of the Pope Benedict XVI institute of Regensburg, Germany.

In dishing out the the prizes, the real Pope – Frankie – said:

No one can measure how much good has been done through the works of Joseph Ratzinger.