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Date published: 2007/01/30

The BBC says:

Ministers have been accused of trying to impose "a new morality" by ruling Catholic adoption agencies should not be exempt from gay rights laws.

Tony Blair has ruled against an opt-out despite agencies saying they will close rather than act against their beliefs.

However they are to be given 21 months to adjust to the new regulations.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said he was disappointed, but said he hoped there might still be some way the agencies could "continue their work".

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, the head of Catholics in England and Wales, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Some legislation, however well intended, in fact does create a new kind of morality, a new kind of norm - as this does."

He added: "It does seem to me we are having a new norm for what marriage is, because I think normally children should be brought up by a father and a mother and I think that we hold that that is extremely important.

"The government has a right to legislate and homosexual couples are also able to adopt in other agencies but we want to hold onto this principle."

He said the move risked forcing religious people out of public life.

"Here the Catholic Church and its adoption services are wishing to act according to its principles and conscience and the government is saying: 'No, we won't allow you to ... you have no space, you have no place in the public life of this country.'

"Now that seems to me to be just one step and there will be further ones."

Unbelievable. If the Catholic Church wants to remain in the 14th century then they have the right to do so, but the rest of society has the right to move into the 21st century. With the backwards attitude on display here, hopefully so-called religious people will be forced out of public life, they have little to offer except bigotry, it seems. Next the cardinal will complain about single people and unmarried people and non-Catholics, and everyone else who doesn't fit into his narrow doctrinal view of the world. The Catholic Church would be better advised to deal with paedophile priests than spout endless nonsense against homosexuals.

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