A Moral Obligation to Criticize

LONDON, January 7, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholics have no right to criticise either Tony Blair’s decision to enter the Catholic Church or the Archbishop of Westminster’s decision to receive him, says a Church spokesman. Shortly after the announcement of Tony Blair’s reception just before Christmas into the Catholic Church, a highly placed “Church source” blasted critics who called the Archbishop of Westminster a publicity-seeking hypocrite and Blair a major “architect” of the “culture of death”.A storm of protest arose from Catholics and others at the announcement of Blair’s reception into the Church by Cormac Cardinal Murphy O’Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, in a ceremony in the latter’s private chapel December 21. While the cardinal had warm praises for Blair as he received the former Prime Minister, the Daily mail quoted “Church sources” who chastised the critics.The Mail’s source said, “Whatever he previously believed or did is a matter for individual conscience.” … (Source)

Not only do we have a right to criticize this scam, we have every moral obligation to do it.  Unlike some churchmen, we do not believe religion is merely a private matter to the point of divorcing your brain from common sense.  Tony Blair, like a goodly number of modern day politicians, likes to straddle the middle and have the best of both worlds.  I suppose it kind of explains why the man had no religious testicles in public life.  Amazingly he found them when he left public office.

Sorry, Tony, that doesn’t cut it at all.  Martin Luther said that we were snow covered shit holes. He was wrong. God doesn’t accept bullshit into heaven.

We’re all sinners and all of us are in need of mercy. However, there’s a difference between bullshitting us and being genuinely sorry. So far I see more of the former than the latter.

Repent with sackloth and ashes, Tony.

The real scam, however, is not Tony but the hierarchy in Britain (and really, throughout the Western world).  They are a scandal unto themselves. You have to wonder how often they reflect on Jesus’ sobering warning:

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. – Matt 18:5-6

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