Red Prada Pump Wearing Former Hitler Youth Turned Pope sees equality as threat to his using superstition to maintain his power
Isn’t it just precious? Pope Adolf doesn’t believe in equality. Diderot was right. Humankind will only be free when the last oligarch is strangled with the guts of the last priest. (paraphrase)
A man who heads a major man-boy love pedophile conspiracy has the nerve to preach inequality.
Tax the bloody churches like the businesses they are.
From the Daily Mail
Last updated at 6:51 AM on 02nd February 2010
Pope Benedict XVI: Visiting Britain in September
The Pope yesterday made an unprecedented attack on Britain’s equality legislation, claiming Harriet Harman’s attempts to bring in new laws enforced sinful behaviour.
Benedict XVl condemned Labour’s Equality Bill in extraordinary terms as an assault on the ‘natural law’ of Christianity – in other words a sin.
His remarks came in a speech at the Vatican moments after he confirmed he will visit the UK in September.
Despite praising Britain’s ‘firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society’, the world’s most powerful religious leader turned his guns on Miss Harman’s equality agenda, which many in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church say could force them to hire homosexuals or transsexuals.
The Pope declared that some recent equality legislation has acted ‘to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs’.
He added: ‘In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed.’
By natural law, the Pope meant the Christian and Biblical teaching on which Roman Catholic beliefs are based, including the Ten Commandments. Rejection of the natural law is sinful in Catholic theology.
The speech was made to 35 Roman Catholic bishops from England and Wales visiting Rome. The Pope told them: ‘I urge you as pastors to ensure that the Church’s moral teaching be always presented in its entirety and convincingly defended.
‘Fidelity to the Gospel in no way restricts the freedom of others – on the contrary, it serves their freedom by offering them the truth.’
Harriet Harman: Equality agenda
The powerful attack from Rome will deepen Miss Harman’s difficulties over her Bill.
The criticism, unexpected by ministers since it comes from abroad, follows last week’s emphatic rejection by the House of Lords of clauses Catholic churches feared would force them to hire actively homosexual priests and staff, or force Catholics to allow women to become priests.
Miss Harman’s Bill has already provoked deep opposition from the Church of England. Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said of it last week: ‘That way lies ruin.’
In his speech, the Pope said Britain was known for its ‘firm commitment’ to equality of opportunity for all.
But he said recent legislation had gone too far and was conflicting with the authentic freedoms of religious communities. He told the bishops ‘to insist upon your right to participate in national debate through respectful dialogue’.
Catholics arguing against Miss Harman’s Bill claimed it meant the Church could be sued by anyone turned away as a candidate for the priesthood on grounds of gender or sexual lifestyle. They would be powerless to stop priests from entering into civil partnerships, leading promiscuous lifestyles or having sex change operations.
The Government denied that the Bill would have had that effect but peers heeded the warning of the Catholic and Anglican bishops and deleted a controversial clause by 216 votes to 178.
When he visits the UK the Pope is expected to address MPs and peers on the issue of religious freedom from the spot in Westminster Hall where Sir Thomas More was condemned to death in 1535 for opposing the adultery of Henry VIII.
He is expected to preside over the beatification of the Victorian convert Cardinal John Henry Newman, possibly in Wembley Stadium, and will make a speech at Oxford University.
A spokesman for Miss Harman’s Government Equalities Office said yesterday: ‘The Equality Bill will make Britain a fairer and more equal place.’