Tom Wright on SORs
We like Tom Wright. Forget those uber-Evangelicals who think his works on Jesus and Paul are a betrayal of Orthodoxy; Tom is the man who has consistently, in his role on various Anglican bodies, including the Windsor Report Committee, defended creedal Christianity time and time again. So for that reason I think it’s brilliant that he’s finally spoken out on the Government’s advice yesterday that it would be ignoring the concerns of Christian groups over adoption:
â€œThis completely fails to take into account the views and beliefs of all those involved. The idea that new Labour â€” which has got every second thing wrong and is back-tracking on extended drinking hours, is in a mess over this cash-for-peerages business, cannot keep all its prisons under control â€” the idea that new Labour can come up with a new morality which it forces on the Catholic Church after 2,000 years; I am sorry, this is amazing arrogance on the part of the Government.â€
Ruth Gledhill has some more on this here. She reports what the Roman Bishops have said, what Tony Blair and Ruth Kelly have said (when is Ruth Kelly going to resign over this – how can she stay in a Government that decides it no longer wants to respect the Christian heritage of our country) and what other commentators have had to say.
I still find this all completely disturbing. Cardinal O’Connor is absolutely right when he says that what we are seeing is a new liberal morality rising up that will simply ignore and dismiss the previous ethical basis for our society. I do like the response of one “insider” as Ruth describes him/her who, on hearing the news that the Government was proposing a “period of reception” replied “”Twenty-one months! It could have been 21 years. If something is morally wrong, what’s the difference?”. This hits the nail bang on the head – the issue that SORS has raised is the persistent undermining of the historic legal and moral framework of our society, namely the revelation of God in Jesus Christ.
Our monarch is crowned in the place of Jesus, yet now she rules over a country who’s Government openly rejects his sovereignty over human life. Our laws were framed within a context of the revelation of God’s righteousness, yet now that righteousness is rejected as bigotted and oppressive. Where will it end?
And why is still nobody in the media highlighting the iniquity of Section 3 of the regulations??