Gordon Brown is turning into the most anti-Catholic Prime Minister of modern times. Not since the reign of Queen Victoria has a Government harassed the Church on so many fronts, to the extent that it becoming impossible for a devout Catholic to hold office in this administration.
Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien – a more formidable figure than his English counterpart – today attacked Mr Brown’s “monstrous” plans to allow the creation of part-human, part-animal embryos. Catholic Labour MPs will not be allowed a free vote on this proposal, which goes against the deepest tenets of their faith. Ministers who vote in accordance with their conscience must defy a three-line whip – a sacking offence.
Consider, also, the sustained attack on faith schools by Ed Balls, who has effectively accused the Catholic Church of going against the teachings of Christ by seeking to exclude disadvantaged pupils. (It is doing no such thing.)
The Brown administration is noticeably more secular and pro-abortion than its predecessor. One of the Prime Minister’s first decisions last year was to shelve plans to repeal the 1701 Act of Settlement, which allows the heir to the throne to marry a member of any religion except Roman Catholicism.
I’d appreciate it if any of you from the UK could fill us in just what is happening over there. Is this reporter being alarmist? He has written before about MPs going after the hierarchy for [yikes!] teaching Catholic values in parochial schools.