Sunday, 4 November 2012

Cardinal Unfairly Branded A Bigot

Cardinal Keith O'Brien
I, like many Catholics and Catholic organisations, am, to say the least, really annoyed at the fact that a LGBT lobby group has publicly branded Cardinal Keith O'Brien as a bigot.  This occurred when Stonewall awarded their “Bigot of the Year Award” to the Cardinal because of his statements regarding gay marriage.

What is interesting is that one of Stonewall’s stated objectives on their website is “Promoting fair and representative coverage in the print and broadcast media.  I ask you, what is fair about branding a person as a bigot just because he holds an opposite view on the subject of gay marriage?  Hopefully this group will, when evaluating their performance against their stated objectives, record this as a complete fail.

Ruth Davidson, a Scottish Tory leader and the first openly gay leader of a major political party in the UK, was awarded the “Politician of the Year” award.  So unfair and uncalled for was the branding of the Cardinal that even she, an award winner on the day and a favoured politician of the lobby group, stated during her acceptance speech that she found the branding of Cardinal O’Brien as a bigot completely unacceptable. 

Ruth Davidson was particularly outspoken, stating clearly that it was “simply wrong” to call people names like ‘bigot’.  She went on to say that the “case for equality is far better made by demonstrating the sort of generosity, tolerance and love we would wish to see more of in this world”.

So direct was Ruth Davidson in her acceptance speech that she actually ended up being booed by the very LGBT people who had just awarded her the “Politician of the Year” award.  

This behaviour by the members of Stonewall of course just serves to demonstrate what we already know about many of these LGBT groups.  They are completely intolerant and small-minded, refusing to engage in any genuine dialogue with anyone who has an opposing view to their own.  Even resorting to booing one of their own award winners for expressing a differing opinion to their own.

It was not only the Stonewall award winners who were dissatisfied with Stonewall’s actions.  Even their sponsors, Barclays and Coutts, said that they would be rethinking whether to continue their support because of the groups decision to brand individuals as bigots.

Cardinal O’Brien has of course never said anything that could possibly lead anyone to classify him as a bigot.  He has spoken the truth as taught by the Church on the subject of same sex marriage, calling the government’s plans “for gay marriage ‘madness’ and a ‘grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right’.

The Cardinal has simply truthfully and accurately presented the Church’s teaching as it is contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Sadly it seems that when we follow our religious beliefs, it leads to us being branded as a bigot!

I end this post with some extracts from the Catechism on the subject of homosexuality which will help alleviate any doubt that anyone may have about the Church's teaching in this regard. 

Chastity and homosexuality

Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex.  It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures.  Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained.  Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared, "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”  They are contrary to the natural law.  They close the sexual act to the gift of life.  They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.  Under no circumstances can they be approved.

The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible.  This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.  They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.  Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.  These persons are called to fulfil God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

Homosexual persons are called to chastity.  By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection. [1]

Then there is also this clear statement from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator.  By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children.  Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament.[2]

[1] CCC #2357 to #2359
[2] CCC #1660

1 comment:

  1. One of my deepest concerns that if the Church refuses to “marry” a same sex couple, and rightly so, what will the legal ramifications be on the Church if the couple decide to sue? I understand that such governments have promised to respect the Church’s position and not to force Her to do things against its own rules. But surely that can change and certain loop holes be found within the law?

    What will we do then?