Did you hear the gaff re new Pope on BBC Radio4 this morning? Researchers still in bed?

So a new Pope has been appointed and he has taken the name of Francis.

But do we know which Francis he is named after yet? I have heard news commentators announcing confidently, including the one on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning, that he is named after Francis of Assisi. The gaff this morning was that the commentator then went on to quote “the prayer of St Francis…”

The prayer he was referring to is the anonymous twentieth century French prayer ” Where there is…”

If we still have no declaration yet my assumption would be that, as a member of the Jesuits, he would be named after Francis Xavier (1506-1552) a student of Ignatius of Loyola, and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (also known as Jesuits)

Another thought. If the Pope is infallible, why don’t they get the last infallible Pope to select the next one? 😉

Revealed: Government kept emails secret showing that they knew the impact redefining marriage would have in schools

Hear what is taught in schools in Canada about happy threesome marriages.

The government wants to reduce marriage to just another lifestyle choice – like fashion or joining a club. They want minority groups to define it for themselves. But the problem with introducing free market thinking to marriage is that it is changed from a unique social institution that is primarily about children to just another contractual agreement between consenting adults. The government has no right and no mandate to privatise marriage.

#redefiningmarriage Threesome marriage already legal in Holland and Brazil. Canada now promoting threesomes in school

I have been saying once marriage is not longer the property of history, culture and community but the property of government to define and redefine it will end up including polygamy and temporary marriages.

It seems the evidence from practice in other countries tells me I am not scaremongering, but spot on.

Government know they are “powerless” to stop school teachers getting sacked if they refuse to endorse same-sex marriage

The Daily Telegraph carries a front-page report today saying that the Government is “powerless” to stop primary school teachers getting sacked if they refuse to endorse same-sex marriage. It quotes a senior source at the Department for Education admitting that the UK is not “in control” and that European judges have the final say. This could bring hospital chaplains other officials into danger of sacking too.

Many have been saying that teachers were under threat but the Government kept denying it. Yesterday I heard Maria Miller on the radio talking this down.

Now we know the Government too realises the dangers to school teachers, though the are playing it down. I think it is underhand and sneaky that they have not been more upfront about this.

This unpopular and divisive policy which will have a widespread impact.

What I want to know is whether they have other intended consequences in mind that they are keeping secret. There are some cultures that would like polygamy to be legalised in Britain, along with “temporary marriage”. Is this part of the reason the Government are pushing this through?

I particularly find the “temporary marriage” distasteful as it seems to be to be a way to exploit women. It legalises sexual activity within that culture until the man decides to move on. The woman, being no longer a virgin, then has poor prospects within that culture of entering into a proper marriage, being a life-long union with mutual love and respect.

See my previous post on this: Looks like the UK Government is cooking the books over their gay marriage ‘consultation’

“I think the [charity] Commission are committed to the suppression of religion”

So said Peter bone MP introducing his ten minute rule bill on the Charities Act yesterday.

Results of The National Church And Social Action Survey 2012 have just been released and is relevant to this as it gives us a great picture of what is happening through churches in the UK currently.

  • Hours spent by volunteers in UK Churches on local social action initiatives have increased by 36% in two years to 98M hours.
  • In spite of the current economic problems, funds given by UK Church members that were spent on social action initiatives have increased by 19% in two years to £342M.
  • There has been a rapid diversification of social actions by churches – the average number of social action initiatives undertaken by a Church has risen from 5.7 to 8.2.
  • Please note these figures only cover Church initiatives. It does not include voluntary work by Christians in the community that is not initiated by a Church e.g. work by local charities.
  • Staff hours are calculated as 55M hours in support of social action initiatives. This is equivalent to roughly 1 hour of staff time to 2 hours of volunteer effort.
  • Total financial contribution to social initiatives is probably above £2.5bn per annum when costed.

See Jubilee Plus for more info.

Gay marriage will result in damage to careers or even dismissal for some teachers, chaplains, foster carers, etc.

Cameron has spoken out on gay marriage ahead of the Government statement.

The Government is due to respond to its consultation on Thursday, 13 December, but David Cameron has already confirmed his intention to force through the redefinition of marriage.

He says marriage should be open to gay people, but surely that misses the logic that what becomes open to gay people will be “marriage Jim, but not as we know it”.

Introducing same-sex weddings in churches and other religious premises is a radical departure from the consultation proposals. Ministers promised that religious believers could not be forced to hold homosexual weddings because it would not even be possible to register them in churches or other religious premises.

But now that promise has been broken. Christians, Jews, Muslims and others will be exposed to the legal nightmare of equality and human rights laws, as well as the intrusion of the European courts.

Legal advice from leading human rights lawyer Aidan O’Neill QC has made clear that the only completely safe course for churches will be to stop hosting weddings altogether, a massive change to Britain’s social landscape. He has also shown that, quite apart from the issue of buildings, individual people from any background who believe in traditional marriage face damage to their careers or even dismissal from their jobs, especially teachers, chaplains, foster carers and others in the public sector.