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Catholic leader who attacked gay families wants union with Church of England

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  1. The old twat must be getting desperate to fill the pews.

  2. Rome is going back in time – where the wheel was maybe just invented !!

  3. The guys and idiot

  4. Rob Alexander 10 Feb 2009, 8:35am

    I would hope the Church of England would have the sense to avoid any closer union until the RCs drop their homophobic stance on so many issues.

  5. Is this the same Bishop of Carlisle who took the recent flooding in Carlisle as God’s punishment on gays while failing to notice his own Church was flooded!
    Could it be A. a random natural weather event, or B. God hates the bichop of Carlisle? No – of course not, the logical answer was C. The Church wasn’t homophobic enough so God is angry with the church for not beating up on the gays.
    What a moron.

  6. Martin Davies - Gay C of E Clergy Spouse 10 Feb 2009, 11:40am

    I suppose this is another Nazi like idiot who has visions of grandeur sitting at the head of the C of E as those on the extremist right wing of the church move towards the Catholic church in a bid to legally express and implement their institutional homophobia. What fools are we that we do not see beyond the books of religion unto the hearts of hatred and vermin.

  7. Simon Murphy 10 Feb 2009, 12:39pm

    Who cares whether the catholics and anglicans want to have premarital sex (using contraception – shock horror) with each other. Their sets of beliefs are equally ludicrous and pointless. So long as neither of those headcults get involved in trying to influence politics then I couldn’t care less what they do.

  8. Robert, ex-pat Brit 10 Feb 2009, 1:38pm

    Full communion with the Roman cult? In your dreams, O’Connor! Not going to happen!

  9. Flapjack: this is the (Catholic) Cardinal of Westminster. Nothing at all to do with the (Anglican) Bishop of Carlisle.

    The Cardinal isn’t saying anything radically new in itself – the unity of the Catholic churches has long been a goal in ecumenical dialogue predating even the Second Vatican Council – but what is remarkable is how out of kilter this kind of talk now is with the line emerging from Rome. Benedict XVI has been rolling back all the progressive measures of Vatican II (or at least interpreting them in a very restrictive way), so that the message emerging from the Vatican now seems to be not that there must be dialogue between the Catholic and Anglican Churches, but rather that the Anglican Communion must accommodate itself to the requirements of Rome, especially on the issue of women priests. But this is never going to happen. The C of E is too far down that road already.

  10. Astonishingly, his two older brothers were also RC priests. Their father was a doctor. I mean to say, what sort of father would allow three of his sons to enter the priesthood. It just beggars belief.

    All the best.

  11. RJB – I stand corrected – that’ll teach me to speed read the article before posting!

  12. bringing the catholic church in full communion with reality would be preferable

  13. bringing the catholic church in full communion with sanity would be preferable

  14. I am always amazed that while Jesus was a lovely fellow, the very people that claim to worship him are so very hate-filled. Jesus would be ashamed at the lot of them!

  15. Peter from Brisbane 19 Sep 2010, 10:36pm

    Whilst Jesus was a humble man wearing homespun cloth and sandals,
    these Cardinals wear expensive cloth and gold and live in Palaces.
    They resemble the gold grabbing Priests of ancient Egypt.
    Yeah/Nah, like many others… I can’t rejoin this Catholic Church as it stands.

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