Yes. It is with great shame and embarrassment that I have to admit I was wrong. I said that there was no way an English archbishop, not even one working for the pope, would ever send a letter to all the citizens of the Vatican living in England telling them to oppose our democratically elected government. But I was wrong. the Vatican is now so convinced that the West has returned to the times of Christendom when the Papacy could, and did, interfere in the politics of other nations, that it has allowed the Vatican ambassador to England to do just that.
From THE PINK PAPER:
The Catholic Church will urge its congregation to oppose same-sex marriage in a letter from the Archbishop of Westminster, which will be read out at every mass in the country, this Sunday.
The letter, signed by Archbishop Vincent Nichols (pictured) and his colleague the Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith, will be read aloud at 2,500 churches across England and Scotland.
It urges Catholics to oppose government plans to allow gay men and women to marry in secular ceremonies.
Will this influence the government? Not much as we seem to have a conservative prime minister with some integrity. What it will do is give the militant atheists in academia and the media another big stick to whack Christianity with (and in this case, they would be right to do so). Every Christian denomination in England, including the Quakers and members of the Metropolitan Church, will be damaged by the Vatican's bullying of their own citizens. This damage could be alleviated if the leaders of the English churches, especially the leader of the Church of England, spoke out in full support of same sex marriage and equality for gay people in all aspects of English life, including the episcopacy. But they won't do that and "he" certainly won't do that. I'm surprised, in fact, that he has not put his signature on the Cardinal's letter as well. Perhaps he has been to busy writing letters trying to sway due process in the matter of the dioceses voting on the Covenant. This is another prime example of the double speak he has become so renowned for, insomuch as one day he says that as Archbishop of Canterbury he represents all members of the Anglican Communion even if this means going against his own conscience, and then the next day he is excluding a huge proportion of the Anglican Communion by coercing the Church into voting for what he wants.
It's about time that the office of Archbishop of Canterbury became the same as the office of monarch of England - completely removed from party politics. And it's also about time that the houses were got rid of and it became one member/one vote at General Synod.