Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Gummer: "I happen to disagree with my Church."

Background briefing: John Gummer MP, a fairly recent convert to Catholicism, most famous for trying to demonstrate the safety of British beef by feeding his small daughter a burger in front of the press corps while Minister for Agriculture, recently wrote a feature article in the Catholic Herald about how he would propose in Parliament the abolition of a collection of obscure and archaic restrictions on Catholics, such as the Act of Succession requiring members of the Royal Family to renounce their claim to the throne should they marry a Catholic (as Nicholas Windsor recently did). In the context of the SORs crisis this stunt seemed to us irrelevant to the point of absurdity. However, Gummer took the opportunity of his '10 minute rule bill' to declare his dissent from Catholic teaching on homosexuality.

Thanks, John, glad to know you're on our side!

Hat-tip to Hermeneutic of Continuity.

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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