Couldn’t resist this one.
Here’s a translation of the BBC article into what it actually means with a few commentaries.
Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor said he was disappointed with the decision
Ministers have been accused of trying to impose “a new morality” by ruling Catholic adoption agencies should not be exempt from gay rights laws.
You’ve done something we don’t like.
Tony Blair has ruled against an opt-out despite agencies saying they will close rather than act against their beliefs.
Tony actually standing up to the Catholic church for a change and doing the right thing instead of caving in to prejudices dressed up as a religious belief.
However they are to be given 21 months to adjust to the new regulations.
To be given 21 months to make their mind up whether their prejudices or a fair bit of tax payers wonga is more important to them.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said he was disappointed, but said he hoped there might still be some way the agencies could “continue their work”.
Shit shit bugger bugger, we thought the Government would back down like on faith schools but they haven’t and we don’t want to give up all that lovely tax payers money that we’re getting so sod the principles of our church, we’d rather have the dosh.
Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, the head of Catholics in England and Wales, told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme: “Some legislation, however well intended, in fact does create a new kind of morality, a new kind of norm – as this does.”
He added: “It does seem to me we are having a new norm for what marriage is, because I think normally children should be brought up by a father and a mother and I think that we hold that that is extremely important.
“The government has a right to legislate and homosexual couples are also able to adopt in other agencies but we want to hold onto this principle.”
Damn, we’re not in charge anymore and the Government is making decisions that are in line with the moral position of the majority, not our little bigotted group. We believe that homosexuality is wrong despite there being bugger all in that book we base our religion on to actually say it but we’re quite happy to want to continue to hold prejudices handed down to us through centuries of equally bigotted Bishops and Cardinals from Rome.
Mr Blair said the proposal was a “sensible compromise”
Best I could come up with without pissing off either the missus’ or the PLP.
He said the move risked forcing religious people out of public life.
The problem being?
“Here the Catholic Church and its adoption services are wishing to act according to its principles and conscience and the government is saying: ‘No, we won’t allow you to … you have no space, you have no place in the public life of this country.’
Principles and conscience = prejudice and irrational beliefs based on no imperical evidence.
“Now that seems to me to be just one step and there will be further ones.”
Hopefully yes, the more we move away from daft superstition and towards an enlightened humanist perspective the better.
The row was said to have split the Cabinet and was opposed by the Catholic Church, backed by the Church of England and some other religious groups.
Yep, religion whatever it’s guise and prejudice go hand in hand, is there something new there?
There may well be some way in which without breaking the law, our Catholic services can continue in their work
Yep, we have realised we quite like being funded by the taxpayer and our morals are open to question when it comes to the dosheroonies.
The proposed measures are likely to face a vote in Parliament next month before coming into effect on 6 April.
Hopefully a good progressive day in Parliament.
But Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor told the BBC: “I’m very disappointed that we haven’t been given the exemption that we desired.”
Why can’t you let us be a bunch of homophobic twats if we want to?
He said that he hoped Catholic adoption agencies could still operate once the transition period was over.
Yep, still want the money, sod the principles.
“There may well be some way in which, without breaking the law, our Catholic services can continue in their work according to Catholic principles.”
We’ll just change the principles on which our faith is based, hey it’s not the first time, even the Pope is on about reforming ‘original sin’ so maybe we’d be happy to change our mind on homosexuality to increase our market share and keep getting those lovely cheques from HM Treasury.