In an interview with the BBC Archbishop Nichols has given his strongest criticisms of David Cameron’s plans to legalise ‘marriage’ between homosexual persons, calling on Catholics to join the political struggle against the undemocratic imposition of gay marriage:
‘During his interview, Archbishop Nichols said of the gay marriage plans: “There was no announcement in any party manifesto, no Green Paper, no statement in the Queen’s Speech. And yet here we are on the verge of primary legislation.
“From a democratic point-of-view, it’s a shambles. George Orwell would be proud of that manoeuvre, I think the process is shambolic.”
He claims during a “period of listening”, those who responded were “7-1 against same-sex marriage”.
Archbishop Nichols warned that the Government’s plans would create a “sham” version of marriage and urged all Catholics to join the political struggle against gay marriage.
During his Christmas homily the Archbishop briefly mentioned the government’s attempts to irrationally re-define marriage in the context of the need to be purified if the promise of the Incarnation celebrated at Christmas is to be realised:
‘Yet, as St Paul reminds us, if this promise is to be realised in its fullness, then we need to be purified. There are, he tells us, things that we have to give up as they do not lead directly to God. There are aspects of our lives that cannot be lifted up to heaven without that purification…
Sometimes sexual expression can be without the public bond of the faithfulness of marriage and its ordering to new life. Even governments mistakenly promote such patterns of sexual intimacy as objectively to be approved and even encouraged among the young.
This Christmas is then a time to make fresh resolves that what we bring to the crib may be more readily, through the Lord’s mercy, raised to heaven and become fittingly part of God’s good work.’
Gay activists and their supporters in the media were furious with Archbishop Nichols for speaking the truth about sham homosexual marriages during Christmas, even quoting Scripture against the archbishop. Ben Summerskill, homosexual chief executive of the gay lobbying group Stonewall said:
“We do think it’s very sad that an archbishop should sully the day of the birth of Jesus by making what seem to be such uncharitable observations about other people. Some of us are mindful of Luke 2:14, which reminds us that Christmas Day is a day of peace and goodwill to all men. Perhaps Archbishop Nichols should have spent a little more time in Bible study.”
Protect the Pope comment: We must offer sincere and genuine thanks to Archbishop Nichols for defending the truth about marriage in the face of predictable hostility from unchaste homosexuals and secular ideologues in the media. It is very encouraging that we are entering 2013 with the prospect of strong leadership from the Archbishop of Westminster.