On Friday, The Daily Telegraph reported that Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio, called for closer co-operation with other faiths as well as Christian denominations to put pressure on the UK Government over its plans to allow same-sex couples to marry.
In an address to Catholic bishops from England and Wales, he echoed the recent comments of Pope Benedict who said the Church faced “powerful political and cultural currents” in favor of redefining marriage.
“It seems to me that, concerning the institution of marriage, and indeed the sanctity of human life, we have much in common with the position of the Jewish community, the Chief Rabbi and many of the more significant representatives of Islam,” The Telegraph quotes Archbishop Mennini as saying while addressing English and Welsh bishops at their plenary meeting in Leeds.
In fact, most of traditional religious groups in Britain have voiced their strong objections to the government’s plans to introduce same-sex marriages as a legal form of family organization.
Last month the Muslim Council of Britain voiced opposition to the plans, describing them as “unnecessary and unhelpful”. In Scotland, the Council of Glasgow Imams recently agreed a joint resolution describing same-sex marriage as an attack on their faith and fundamental beliefs.
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet of Mill Hill United Synagogue in north London recently accused the government of launching an assault on religious values.
Lord Singh, head of the Network of Sikh Organisations, recently said the proposed reforms represented “a sideways assault on religion”.
It is good to hear a voice of rationale in the modern world of militant liberal democracy, which is by far the most aggressive and intolerant ideology ever presented to the humanity. The prevalent liberal ideology preaches infanticide under the “pro-choice” slogans and seeks to upgrade perversity to the status of a norm with the sole purpose of wiping out the entire human race. The more same-sex couples there are and the more abortions are made, the sooner the goal will be achieved.
The call voiced by Archbishop Menini (as well as by other religious leaders) also explains why the liberal democracy (under the slogans of “anticlericalism) has chosen the Church (in a broader sense of the word rather than just one particular denomination) as its main target. In fact, the Church seems to be one of the few remaining strongholds of normalcy in this topsy-turvy world, and one of the main obstacles preventing the liberal democracy from achieving its ultimate goal.
Recently, the U.S. State Department has declared the protection of gay rights as the topmost priority of U.S. foreign policy. The tools of democracy have been demonstrated in recent years too often. The bombing of Yugoslavia, the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan with mass murders of innocent civilians, the recent rampage in Libya – and the list is far from competition.
Now there is a danger that if the Catholic nuncios together with all other people of goodwill keep on calling for normalcy too loudly, won’t the Washington strategists eventually decide that time has come for a “humanitarian operation” in order to “bring democracy” to Vatican?
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Boris Volkhonsky, senior research fellow, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies