Rome’s influence in the British Parliament
Our attention has been drawn by the English Churchman to an article on the website of the European Institute of Protestant Studies (EIPS), which in turn draws attention to an article in the Catholic Herald of 24 November.
The Catholic Herald states: “The Catholic Union, founded in 1872 to promote the Catholic voice in politics, is preparing a major new membership drive early next year. Members hope to take the organisation out of the shadows and allow it to play a more visible and outspoken role in Parliament. . . . Leo Simmonds, chairman of the membership subcommittee, said the union currently had around 2000 members. He added that there had been calls within the union to make the organisation more vocal and more public. In the past the union has exerted influence by behind-the-scenes lobbying. ‘The quiet word in a quiet voice in the right ear is a valuable thing’, Mr Simmonds said. But he noted that the situation in Parliament had changed, with the loss of the Church’s traditional channel of influence – hereditary peers.”
It is obvious that the higher profile being given to Rome in the life of our nation has emboldened the Catholic Union to come out of the shadows and to be more vocal, but we pray that this move will be overruled by God to open the eyes of many to see that Rome’s undying ambition is to dominate our nation and fully reclaim it as “Mary’s dowry”. How true the EIPS postscript to the Catholic Herald article is: “Adam Smith stated in his famous Wealth of Nations: ‘The Church of Rome is the most formidable combination that ever was formed against the authority and security of civil Government, as well as against the liberty, reason and happiness of mankind’.”