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Bishop Joe Devine Attacks David Cameronís Morals [UK]
Scotland on Sunday ^ | 12/9/12 | Eddie Barnes

Posted on 12/09/2012 6:38:39 AM PST by marshmallow

THE tensions between Church and state have provoked their fair share of war and bad blood over the centuries.

But an infuriated Catholic bishop in Scotland, appalled over social reforms being carried out by David Cameron, has taken things to a whole new level.

In an intemperate two-page letter to the Prime Minister, Bishop Joe Devine of Motherwell has accused him of being “out of his depth” and suggested he is “devoid of moral competence” over his attitude to Christianity.

Not only that, he also tells Cameron that he is responsible for a political culture in which “words mean nothing” and is guilty of using “graceless … offensive” language when dealing with clerical affairs.

It marks a fresh low in relations between the government and the Catholic Church, which Cameron angered further last week after declaring he would support moves in England to allow same-sex marriage to take place in those churches that allowed it.

The Church, and other religious bodies including the Kirk, oppose the plans on the grounds that they redefine the meaning of marriage from its traditional meaning of a union between a man and a woman.

Devine’s tirade against the Prime Minister, sent last week, followed an exchange of letters earlier this autumn over a government decision to oppose moves by Christians to go to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to demand their right to wear a cross.

Devine had asked Cameron for a guarantee that the government would back their ­cases, given the latter’s previous support for people who wanted to wear the symbol.

Cameron replied: “I have said that people should be able to wear a cross, and this is the government’s position.” However, he added: “We are not supporting these cases as we want to defend UK legislation and do not....

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TOPICS: Catholic; Religion & Politics

1 posted on 12/09/2012 6:38:40 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

All’s not well on the homo sex march into the kiddo’s bedrooms and churches?

2 posted on 12/09/2012 2:31:16 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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