Dr Evan Harris, the LibDem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon appeared on Radio Five Live on Tuesday night. You can hear the interview here (it will be available until next Tuesday) – fast forward to 2 hours 4 mins into the programme. Dr Harris makes two slurs against the Church – firstly likening the Church to the BNP and if that much brass neck wasn’t enough then shifting analogies by likening the situation to that of Rosa Parks – the brave woman who stood up against segregation in Alabama by a simple act of defiance. Presumably Dr Harris sees himself as the heroic Miss Parks, the Catholic Church in the role of the KKK.
In truth, the gay lobby is not averse to brownshirt tactics – disrupting Mass of Palm Sunday at Westminster Cathedral and a session of the General Synod of the Church of England. I have yet to hear of any incidents involving the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales organising some toughs to disrupt a meeting of OutRage! or Stonewall.
So, we all know mud sticks: for stating her belief in both principle and practice that vulnerable children up for adoption are best looked after in a stable, normal family, the Catholic Church is in the basket with British neo-Nazis and redneck segregationists. This is the a version of Godwin’s Law: if the likes of Dr Harris can only resort to likening the Catholic Church to racists, the argument is over. Just for the record this is the teaching of the Catholic Church on the matter:
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
The times are difficult for us and many Catholics will have found themselves this week defending the Church’s position to friends and colleagues. As for the threats of the likes of Dr Harris and members of the Cabinet. Remember St John Ogilvie:
“Your threats cheer me; I mind them no more than the cackling of geese.”
Things are likely to get worse. If so, so be it. But again, remember St John Ogilvie:
Asked if he feared to die he said, “No more than you do to dine.”