A View From Middle England - Conservative with a slight libertarian touch - For Christian charity and traditional belief - Free Enterprise NOT Covert Corporatism

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A New Labour conundrum?

The government's hasty approach to getting the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations through parliament is just the roughshod way they do things. What I find odd, though, is their thinking. They know the teaching of the Catholic Church. So why set up a cross-party working group to try to find a compromise and a way to allow the Catholic agencies to keep working under the new law. What are they expecting? That the Cardinal will give it a couple of months and then pop round to say "OK, I give up! I was wrong all along!"

They must be more in cloud-cuckoo land than I thought. The Pope has said that social teaching is non-negotiable. What do they not understand about the Catholic Church's position? The government has refused to allow faith-based agencies an opt-out, and has instead given them a 21-month transition period, from April, when the rules are due to come in.

SO! The 21 months will pass and the agencies will close. It's not rocket science!


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