When Pope Benedict was leaving our country to return to Rome last September, David Cameron said:
You have really challenged the whole country to sit up and thinkIt seems that the Prime Minister has now had time to slouch back and stop thinking. In an interview with the Derby Telegraph the other day, he was asked about the case of Eunice and Owen Johns who were prevented by a decision in the High Court from becoming foster parents after telling a social worker they would not tell a child that homosexuality was acceptable.
Although the couple are considering an appeal, the Prime Minister said that we should "rest with the judgement that was made." Asked whether Christian views were compatible with an acceptance of homosexuality, he said:
I think Christians should be tolerant and welcoming and broad minded.This fatuous remark simply underlines the fact that in modern Britain, whether coloured red, blue or yellow politically, Christians are supposed to be tolerant, welcoming and open-minded to any fad of moral relativism, while those who enjoy the current fashion of political support need not trouble themselves to be tolerant, welcoming or open-minded towards Christianity. When addressing the Holy Father, David Cameron chose to quote the Blessed John Henry Newman. Let me therefore respond directly to him in the words of Newman:
"it is more tolerable to be called narrow-minded by man, than to be pronounced self-wise and self-sufficient by God" (Parochial and Plain Sermons vol 3. Sermon 14)At Westminster Hall, the Holy Father recalled the fundamental questions posed by the trial of St Thomas More which took place there. He spoke of co-operation between religion and made the pertinent observation:
And there are those who argue – paradoxically with the intention of eliminating discrimination – that Christians in public roles should be required at times to act against their conscience. These are worrying signs of a failure to appreciate not only the rights of believers to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, but also the legitimate role of religion in the public square.In his address at Heathrow Airport, David Cameron recalled the words of the Holy Father
As you, your Holiness, have said faith is not a problem for legislators to solve but rather a vital part of our national conversation.Not any more, it seems.
And we are proud of that.
H/T Protect the Pope