|A mad old bigot. There, how does it feel?|
Saturday, 3 November 2012
Anti-Gay Priest: " I Was Only Following Holy Orders"
A furious row has erupted after Cardinal Keith O'Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, was named Bigot of the Year by gay rights charity Stonewall. The church has criticised the award as “an outrage” and showing “significant lack of judgement.”
What has O’Brien done? Recently he’s called off talks with the Scottish government over same-sex marriage, which is to be made legal. The new laws won't force churches to hold same-sex religious ceremonies. But O’Brien has compared the reform with the re-introduction of slavery, describing it as a "subversion of a universally accepted human right.”
The Cardinal’s also drawn a disgusting comparison between gay marriage and paedophilia, saying: "What if a man likes little girls? Can he adopt a little girl and then just have a little girl at home? We are working towards the destruction of any sort of moral standards.”
I have no affiliation with Stonewall, but I do have gay friends. Some people, gay or straight, say the award will polarise and entrench opinions, others that attitudes such as O'Brien's deserve rigorous exposure. But the church’s interference in matters outside its dwindling flock, its belief in entitlement to speak for wider society, its appalling outbursts, can do it nothing but harm. Of course I acknowledge Cardinal O’Brien’s expertise, as a Catholic priest, in the field of paedophilia.