The Catholic Thing
There’s always hope Print E-mail
By George J. Marlin   
Wednesday, 28 December 2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking on December 16, 2011 at Oxford’s Christ Church celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, shook the very foundation of that college city when he said the Bible “was relevant today as at any point in its 400 year history. And none of us should be frightened of recognizing this.”

Pretty good stuff – and there was plenty more.  Cameron went on to say that the King James Bible “bequeathed a body of language” that has influenced every aspect of British culture – literature, music, and art. The Bible has guided Britain’s politics “from human rights and equality to our constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy” and “helped to give Britain a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today.”

His most startling comment – which made international headlines – was that thanks to the Bible Great Britain is a Christian nation – “and we should not be afraid to say so.” 

Cameron also said Judeo-Christian beliefs provide the foundation “for the evolution of our freedom and democracy.”  And he added “the knowledge that God created man in his own image was, if you like, a game changer for the cause of human dignity and equality.”

It is apparent that, since he has been responsible for governing, as opposed to just talking on the floor of Parliament, Cameron has learned that ideas and beliefs have real consequences for the everyday plight of Britain’s citizenry. 

No doubt, last summer’s riots in London led by ageing hippies, parlor anarchists, and young narcissists made a lasting impression on the prime minister. He now realizes that mayhem in British society has been due to “an absence of real accountability or moral code.”

“For too long,” Cameron confessed, “we have been unwilling to distinguish right from wrong” and that “moral neutrality or passive tolerance just isn’t going to cut it anymore.”

To fix this mess, he called on his nation’s churches to play a role in promoting the values that “define us as a nation.” (Compare that to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’ milquetoast call for Parliament to allow the use of elements of Sharia law in Great Britain.)

        Prime Minister David Cameron

Finally, unlike many politicians who have accepted a mistaken notion that society has to be kept free of religious influences, Cameron said, “I have never really understood the argument some people make about the church not getting involved in politics. To me, Christianity, faith, religion, the Church and the Bible are all inherently involved in politics because so many political questions are moral questions.” (emphasis added)

Refreshing candor, isn’t it?  And by the way, the sky did not fall in Britain following his blunt remarks.

A further bit of good news:  Cameron understands that his nation has moved from a practical “live and let live” attitude to a disastrous abdication of responsibility:  “Do whatever you please.”

Specifically, he observes that “diversity” and multiculturalism policies have failed (a sentiment now shared by the leaders of France and Germany, though America seems not to have noticed yet). 

Countless nanny state regulations, enforced by muddled bureaucrats, have created an entitlement society populated by “victims.”  Cameron would doubtless agree with British critic Theodore Dalrymple’s:  “The sturdy independent upright citizen has become a neurotic dependent frightened wreck.”

What the Prime Minister may not realize, however, is his analysis of the current crisis of civilization is strikingly similar to Pope Benedict’s.

Benedict has argued the European cultural crisis is due to the modern perception that the idea of man is nothing more than a cultural construct. Hence, the pope has written, “the splendor of the fact that he is the image of God – the source of his dignity and of his inviolability – no longer shines upon this man; his only splendor is the power of human capabilities.”

The pope has often warned that this view has caused European governments to develop “a culture, that, in a manner hitherto unknown to humanity, excludes God from public awareness.” The drive to marginalize God and his Church was most evident in the politically correct European Constitutional Treaty (rejected by voters in France and the Netherlands), which failed to mention Europe’s Christian roots.

By expelling morality from law, relativism has triumphed in Europe. And this confusing ideology that defines liberty as license and has degraded the responsibility to do what is right into the right to do what is irresponsible, has, in the pope’s judgment, led Europe into an “age of agnosticism of disenchantment, of presumption.”

Whether or not Prime Minister Cameron is serious about restoring Christian values as the foundation of Britain’s political and cultural identity remains to be seen. Nevertheless, the fact he was willing to discuss the matter in the public square, and sees eye to eye with Pope Benedict on the evils of nihilistic secularism suggests there is hope that other elected officials will also see the need to lead their people back to their spiritual roots.

Who knows? It might even catch on here.

George J. Marlin is an editor of The Quotable Fulton Sheen. His newest book is
Narcissist Nation: Reflections of a Blue-State Conservative.

© 2011 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.

Rules for Commenting

The Catholic Thing welcomes comments, which should reflect a sense of brevity and a spirit of Christian civility, and which, as discretion indicates, we reserve the right to publish or not. And, please, do not include links to other websites; we simply haven't time to check them all.

Comments (10)Add Comment
written by debby, December 28, 2011
does this qualify as a MIRACLE?
a world politician in the 21st century speaking into a microphone for all the atheistic cynical world to hear that The Written Word of God is vital? next thing, he'll be quoting that "...the WORD became FLESH and dwelt among us...."

all i can say is, "Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!"
although the KJV is erroneous on so many levels, This Is a Start.
Glory to God and Let the Conversions continue!

a blessed New Year to you all.
written by Michael Paterson-Seymour, December 28, 2011
Mr Cameron makes an excellent point, when he observes that “Like Shakespeare, the King James translation dates from a period when the written word was intended to be read aloud.

And this helps to give it a poetic power and sheer resonance that in my view is not matched by any subsequent translation.”
written by Thomas C. Coleman, Jr., December 28, 2011
Multiculturalism is more than a mere politically correct fad. It is an insidious device designed to first moral reltivism and the nihilism. The Leftist intellecutals of the US know this well, and just as our supposed allies in The UK, France, and Germany are wakingup to tis dangers, the USA is conducting clandestine operations in those lands to whip up resentment and victimhood consciouness among Europe's immigrant populations. This, of oucrse, is being done with our tax dollars, in the same way that our taxes are being spent on promoting homosexualism in Catholic countries, as our State Department boasts. And let us not forget that this gang occupies positions of pwer in large part because many Catholics thought that getting even with rich people was the primary end of government. And let me be perfectly frank: Some of those people thought that they were in good Standing as practicing Catholics for voting that gang in precisely because those candidates did support abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and homosexual marriage. And those people emrace those deluions because there are few who will tell them otherwise.
written by Father John Boyle, December 28, 2011
Encouraging! His farewell speech as Pope Benedict was about to depart from England to return to Rome was also unprecedented in its warmth and aknowledgement that the Holy Father had said important things to the nation.
written by Graham Combs, December 28, 2011
We have the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom recognizing the criticial significance of the Authorized Version of the Bible ("erroneous" though it may be) and the Prime Minister of Canada governing like Calvin Coolidge. Meanwhile we have a president who is dedicating trillions of dollars and tens of thousands of new bureaucrats to building what former British Prime Minister and now Baroness Margaret Thatcher has called "yesterday's future." It would be ungracious not to congratulate the British and Canadians on their good sense and good fortune. I'm not optimistic that in 2012 Americans will exercise the first or enjoy the latter. What was it the band played when British General Cornwallis surrendered to the Americans? "The World Turned Upside Down."
written by Manfred, December 28, 2011
A very well done article, Mr. Marlin.
written by Ben Finiti, December 28, 2011
An excellent article on what should go down as a most important speech.
written by Rick DeLano, December 29, 2011
Ummm, what can one say about Catholics lining up to praise a "Christian" implacably committed to the destruction of marriage and gender in England?

"Useful idiots" comes to mind.......

To the author of this piece, and to every one of the commenters who have praised it- when marriage is destroyed in England, when Christians are persecuted at law by the object of your fawning obsequies, please remember.

You are exactly why we lost.
written by Romano, December 29, 2011
"You are exactly why we lost."

Maybe you didn't get the memo, Rick, but we already won... 2,000 yrs ago when Christ rose from the dead.

As Christians our hope must rest only in Christ and His Church, not in any government or human power.
written by Rick DeLano, December 29, 2011
Ah, thanks for that Romano, for a minute there I actually thought we were responsible for living out the Gospel, including standing against the destruction of marriage and the surrender of innocent children into organized programs of homosexual indoctrination.


Let's grab some Buds and cheer this guy Cameron on!

Maybe he'll speed up the Rapture.......

Write comment
smaller | bigger

security code
Write the displayed characters


Other Articles By This Author