Twenty-three Church of England bishops have been fiercely criticised this week for not attending a crucial House of Lords vote on controversial new gay rights regulations. This is particularly sad as they so often justify their position in the Upper Chamber claiming they represent "Faiths", "the Christian Tradition", or "give a Christian voice", well the Christian voice was lacking. Except for Dr John Setamu.
I am becoming more and more impressed by Sentamu, not only does he actually have something to say but he actually says it and says it well.
I just wish we Catholics had someone of his stature in our heirarchy. I am beginning think we Catholics should petition the Holy See for an African, Asian or South American as the successor to the Cardinal, even then I doubt whether we would have as gifted communicator as Setamu.
Dr Sentamu said the Government was seeking to have ‘consciences surgically removed’ while introducing a ‘new hierarchy of rights’ where people of faith had become a ‘new sub-category’. Quoting William Wilberforce, the Archbishop said: “The time is fast approaching when Christianity will be openly disavowed, in language as in fact it is already supposed to have disappeared from the conduct of men: when to believe will be deemed the indication of a feeble mind and contracted understanding.” He also said, that the Government was "venturing down an unconsidered path through the establishment of a new hierarchy of human rights."