The leader of Scotland’s Roman Catholics has reacted to the Scottish Secretary’s attempt to woo religious voters by accusing Labour of a “systematic and unrelenting attack on family values".
In a stinging rebuke to Jim Murphy, Cardinal Keith O’Brien said he could not think of a “tangible example” of the Government embracing the views of the Catholic Church in the past decade. The Cardinal said: “Any recognition of the role played by faith and religion in society is to be welcomed. However, a tangible example by the Government over the last decade that it acknowledged or endorsed religious values would also have been welcomed. Instead we have witnessed this Government undertake a systematic and unrelenting attack on family values. This is a charge I personally put to Gordon Brown when we met in 2008 and I have seen no evidence since then to suggest anything has changed.”
He added: “When introducing legislation to permit experimentation on and destruction of human embryos the objections of the Church and other faiths were ignored.
“When introducing legislation to permit civil partnerships and same-sex adoption, the objections of the Church and other faiths were ignored. In refusing to tackle the soaring toll of abortions, the views of the Church and other faiths were ignored.
“Most recently, in advancing legislation which would completely and permanently undermine religious freedom, this Government has taken no note whatsoever of the concerns of people of faith.”
Thanks to the Daily Telegraph
Could we now have a statement from The Archbishop of Westminster, which repudiates the systematic and unrelenting attack on family values, through legislation which completely and permanently undermines religious freedom, particularly with reference to the proposed introduction of compulsory, state-dictated sex education including the requirement that Catholic schools must teach children how and where to get an abortion?