Terry Prendergast and Archbishop Vincent Nichols
Blogged by James Preece 3 Years ago...
Here's the obligatory token gesture...
The Archbishop of Westminster has expressed his disappointment over the Government's plan to introduce gay marriage. "I'm very disappointed that the Government seems to be choosing this direction," Archbishop Vincent Nichols said at a press conference at the Bishops' Conference of England Wales' headquarters in Victoria today. He added: "I respect the Prime Minister's insistence and emphasis on the importance of equality in relationships and the vital importance of commitment, and of course those are things that we recognise as very important for the health of society. But commitment plus equality does not equal marriage. And the distinctive nature of marriage is something that is very important to the wellbeing of society because it is the foundation of family life."
I think the worst part of this quote has to be the "seems to be choosing this direction" part. As though the Archbishop seriously thinks there's any ambiguity here... perhaps he has received assurances? How did that work out last time?
Things seem to improve towards the end when he says that marriage is "the foundation of family life" but he can't possibly mean it because he continues to do nothing about Terry Prendergast.
Blogged by James Preece 4 Years ago...
I don't understand Damian Thompson. Some days he seems to have his head well and truly screwed on and his eye on the ball. Others? Well, sometimes I wonder what he's been holy smoking.
Take Friday for example, when he wrote (and this isn't a joke) that...
"Archbishop Nichols may have failed to grapple with the loony Left “Catholic” Education Service, but he upholds traditional teachings on sexual morality"
It's at moments like this I wish I could think of a more expressive spelling for Ha ha ha! I mean what the? Archbishop Nichols didn't "grapple" with the Catholic Education Service, he founded it. As for his strong defence of traditional teachings on sexual morality, this is the man who turned a blind eye to Terry Prendergast - the director of Marrage Care who said that children don't need mummy and daddy to be married.
What did Archbishop Nichols the president of Marriage Care say?
Nothing. As Damian Thompson well knows.
On Saturday Damian blogged about the Archbishop of Canterbury who when asked a question about gay bishops responded "pass". Damian says that Archbishop Rowan Williams' authority is going up in smoke, but what about Archbishop Nichols?
He was asked if the Catholic Church was going to show a bit more flexibility in sanctioning gay unions? His answer? "I don't know. Who knows what's down the road?" Has Archbishop Nichols authority not also gone up in smoke?
That was the moment Damian Thompson chose to say that Archbishop Nichols "upholds traditional teachings on sexual morality".
Damian, are you feeling alright?