Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bishop of Motherwell on Homosexual Adoption

Current status: encouragement to Bishop Devine, please.

Bishop Devine has written to the (Scottish) Herald (pub 23rd Oct), to protest at the proposal by the Scottish Executive to give homosexuals an equal right to adopt children. He wrote in part:

"Contrary to the preferred course of action of our political liaison officer and others, I refused to be silent in the public debate over the Adoption Bill. They feared there would be a serious risk of the executive reneging on its intimation to exempt the two Scottish Catholic adoption agencies from the requirements of the Adoption Bill, should the Church put the executive on the rack in the media. But I was not prepared to be party to this policy of appeasement." (Full letter here.)
Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell.

Devine's criticism of the the policy of the organs of the Scottish Bishops' Conference drew a rebuke from the Catholic Media Office, in a press release.

This is a good example of how Bishops' Conferences, and their bureaucracies, can make it harder for orthodox bishops to make a stand.

Contact Bishop Devine here:
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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen