Where should we place our ‘cross’?

PRIME Minister Gordon Brown is at Buckingham Palace this morning asking Queen Elizabeth II for a dissolution of parliament before a general election on May 6.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and 28 other leading Christian figures have signed the Westminster 2010 declaration, an Easter rallying call to place Christian values at the heart of the general election campaign

The ‘declaration of conscience’ document highlights the increasing secularisation and ‘anti-Christian’ stance of government and politicians.

In his Easter homily, Cardinal O’Brien asked: “When faced with a ballot paper in a polling booth where should we place our ‘cross’?”

“I would suggest that we should no more turn away from the Church than we should turn against our democracy,” he added. “Whatever flaws or personal failings afflict them, it remains the case that the overwhelming majority of priests and politicians are honourable and honest—seeking to live out their beliefs and serve society around them.

“We would be abdicating our responsibilities if we simply decided not to vote. Attractive though that option may seem we each bear a responsibility to begin to reshape our political system in accordance with our beliefs—we must improve political life not abandon it.”



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