the Houston speech in London

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 10, 2006

Question: Could a committed Catholic, dedicated to the promotion of Church social teaching, find a place in the British cabinet under PM Tony Blair?

Answer: Sure. Ruth Kelly, an active Catholic and reputed member of Opus Dei, is in Blair's cabinet.

Question: But Kelly's faith has made her a target for persistent criticism. Liberals want her out.

Answer: So what? Let the liberals complain. The point is that she's there in the cabinet, as a strong voice for Catholic principles.

Question: Um... Could you take another look at that story? She refuses to discuss her own "private" views, and supports the government's stand on issues like homosexuality.

Answer: That's troubling, I admit. But at least she can still vote the right way...

Question: Read on:

Ms Kelly has missed a total of 12 votes on homosexuality and equal rights since 1997. They include a vote in June 1998 on the Crime and Disorder Bill to lower the age of homosexual consent, and two votes in 1999 on the Sexual Offences (amendment) Bill also lowering the age of consent.

In 2002, she also missed three votes on the Adoption and Children Bill, which permitted gay adoption, but did vote in May 2002 for an amendment to the Bill that would have allowed unmarried heterosexual couples to adopt, but exclude same-sex couples.

Answer: Could a committed Catholic, dedicated to the promotion of Church social teaching, find a place in the British cabinet under PM Tony Blair?

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  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 4:28 PM ET USA

    I must have exceeded my limit...about Ruth Kelly I continued: ... between upholding the truth and walking the corridors of power. They are usually good on doctrine but too inclined to discourage people from pointing out the travesties of execrable bishops. If someone had not done this children would stil be at the mercy of the Shanleys of this world. But OTOH there's Bp. it's a bit of a mixed bag.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 12:38 PM ET USA

    Opus Dei is NEVER "wobbly" on truths. It is totally faithful to the Church and always has been. Perhaps some members are less than they should be - but aren't we all? We do not judge the Church as bad because of some notorious sinners. Neither should be judge Opus Dei because of one or more members who may not live up to their vocation.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 6:36 AM ET USA

    Ruth Kelly again here. I wonder if Mrs. Kelly is still Opus Dei. If so it would lend some credence to the idea that they are a bit wobbly about keeping the Faith when it comes down to a choice between upholding truth a

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 6:44 PM ET USA

    But she is Opus Dei . . .

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 3:27 PM ET USA

    I have been mulling over another text for my web site titled "The Opus Dei, and the cult of insignificance". I think I will write it, and include Ruth Kelly as Exhibit A.

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 2:21 PM ET USA

    The virility of our faith has been neutered. The operation is called "being open minded." As Catholics we can not be open to moral error. We have to have the courage to stand up for what we believe. Remember the admonition to be hot or cold--lukewarm gets vomited out. England has its problems , too. Our home grown politically correct but religiously incorrect politicians need a wakeup call from their clergy.

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 2:01 PM ET USA

    You must hand out condoms with Cheri Blair to be allowed to vote. Look at the bright side, you don't (yet) have to perform an abortion -- directly -- to be allowed to vote. Gloria in excelsis Deo. They are a latex people.

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 11:26 AM ET USA

    Don't worry folks. To paraphrase Fr Groeschel: "Hey, someone has to turn the lights out in purgatory!"

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 10:27 AM ET USA

    Sounds like Catholic in name only. Just like the Democrats in the USA. There are Catholics and then there are the authentic Catholic.

  • Posted by: Indian Catholic - May. 10, 2006 10:23 AM ET USA

    Deplorable. And sad.