Editorial by John-Henry Westen
LONDON, April 4, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Stonewall, England’s largest and most well-known homosexual activist organization, held its annual fundraising dinner last night, raising over $600,000. A sizeable chunk of the funds raised came in thanks to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair – the same Tony Blair who was received into the Catholic Church only a few months ago by top English prelate Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor.
The opportunity to have tea with Tony Blair secured a bid of $40,000 in an auction held at the dinner. Incidentally Blair was the keynote speaker at last year’s Stonewall fundraiser. During his speech Blair thanked the gathered attendees for their help in passing his legislation to permit homosexual civil unions. Blair said that of all the pro-homosexual legislation passed in recent years, the civil partnership law gave him more than just pride, “it actually brought real joy.” The first same-sex civil union caused him to give “a little sort of skip,” he said, it was “just so alive, and I was so struck by it.”
Another piece of legislation passed under Blair, the Sexual Orientation Legislation, affects the Catholic Church directly. In addition to Christian schools being forbidden from teaching against homosexuality, adoption agencies, Catholic included, must permit adoption of children by homosexual couples. Blair ignored warnings from a UK Catholic bishop that Catholic adoption agencies would have to close if such legislation were passed.
And guess which agency was most concerned with ensuring that the Catholic Church could not maintain its freedom of conscience on adoptions? You guessed it – Stonewall.
LifeSiteNews.com warned (https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/nov/07112603.html ), prior to Blair’s reception into the Catholic Church – as did other faithful Catholics – that should Blair be accepted into the Church without repenting of his pro-abortion and pro-homosexual past it would cause scandal.
Those warnings were ignored.
In a press release issued the day after Blair’s December 21st reception into the Church at a private ceremony in the chapel at Cardinal O’Connor’s personal residence, the Cardinal said he was “very glad” to welcome Blair into the Church.
John Smeaton, national director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) commented on the matter saying, “During his premiership, Tony Blair became one of the world’s most significant architects of the culture of death – promoting abortion, experiments on human embryos, including on cloned human embryos, and euthanasia by neglect.”
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