UK Cardinal Praises New Pro-LGBT Prime Minister
Jul 16, 2016
Vincent Nichols "delighted" by appointment of LGBT-friendly Theresa May.
July 15, 2016
WESTMINSTER (ChurchMilitant.com) - The archbishop of Westminster is praising the United Kingdom's newly appointed prime minister, a proponent of LGBT "rights."
In a letter Tuesday, Cdl. Vincent Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, stated that he was "personally delighted" by the appointment of Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday, who assumed office following the resignation of PM David Cameron.
Continuing, the cardinal noted May has "so many qualities" to bring to the service of the United Kingdom, and declared he appreciates "the maturity of judgment, the steely resolve, the sense of justice and the personal integrity and warmth [May has] always shown."
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In concluding, Cdl. Nichols offered PM May his "personal support" and asserted he looked forward to working with her "across a wide range of issues in service of the common good."
"I assure you of my prayers and those of the Catholic Community in England and Wales," he added.
While May has a history of pro-life rhetoric, she is not considered an proponent of traditional family values, having declared in 2013 she wholly supports same-sex "marriage":
For me, equality is about fairness. It is simply wrong for anyone to face discrimination or abuse because of who they are or who they love. A Conservative Government under my leadership would be unequivocally committed to supporting LGBT people, and continuing the vital task of tackling hate crime, homophobia and transphobia — both in the UK and around the world.
This new position flies in the face of stances taken in 2000, in which she voted to extend a ban on homosexual propaganda within schools, and in 2002, where she supported legislation forbidding same-sex couples from being allowed to adopt children.
Her position had begun to shift by 2003 and was fully realized in a vote cast approving of domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. By 2010, she had been appointed equality minister by PM Cameron, telling the BBC, "If those [same-sex adoption] votes were today, yes, I have changed my view and I think I would take a different vote."
Those initial votes, she added, were "some years ago."
On the gay adoption I have changed my mind because I have been persuaded that actually when you are looking at the future for a child, I think it's better for a child who is perhaps in an institutional environment, if they have the opportunity of being in a stable, family environment — be that a heterosexual couple or a gay couple — then I think it's more important that that child is in that stable and loving environment. And I have genuinely changed my mind on that.
Prior to the election for prime minister, May, when questioned where she would take the country, delivered unabashed support for the LGBT movement:
When I launched my campaign for the leadership I set out my belief in building a country that works for everyone. Central to that vision is a commitment to equality, and I will always stand up for the rights of LGBT people. ... For me, equality is about fairness. It is simply wrong for anyone to face discrimination or abuse because of who they are or who they love. A Conservative Government under my leadership would be unequivocally committed to supporting LGBT people, and continuing the vital task of tackling hate crime, homophobia and transphobia — both in the UK and around the world.
Cardinal Nichols himself has a history of supporting the LGBT agenda. In May 2015, the prelate made headlines for becoming the first cardinal of the Church to preside over a Mass specifically geared toward "LGBT Catholics," the culmination of years of support thrown behind LGBT ministry within the Church, knowingly allowing gay Masses to take place within his jurisdiction for six years before shutting them down after complaints from the faithful.
In an interview in 2001, the prelate confirmed his personal position on same-sex civil unions by stating, "[C]ivil partnerships actually provide a structure in which people of the same sex who want a lifelong relationship [and] a lifelong partnership can find their place and protection and legal provision."