The Guardian's Suzanne Moore: Catholicism 'Has No Place in Public Life'

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | September 7, 2017 | 4:51 PM EDT

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.


Commenting on Britain's Conservative Member of Parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg, who is a Catholic who actually follows Church teaching and opposes gay "marriage" and abortion, The Guardian newspaper's Suzanne Moore said Rees-Mogg's Catholicism is a "kind of fundamentalism" that "has no place in public life."

"As usual, Rees-Mogg's religious faith is used to excuse his appalling bigotry," said Moore in the Sept. 6 edition of The Guardian

"He is a Catholic and this kind of fundamentalism is always anti-women, but for some reason we are to respect it," she said. "I don't. It has no place in public life." 

Conservative Party member Rees-Mogg was elected to Parliament in 2010 for the district of North East Somerset. He is 48, married, has six children, and is a practicing Catholic. He is a critic of the European Union, and he currently is the odds-on favorite to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as head of the Conservative Party.

During a Sept. 6 interview on Good Morning Britain, hosted by Piers Morgan (formerly of CNN) and Susanna Reid,  Rees-Mogg was repeatedly asked to explain his views on abortion and homosexual "marriage." He said that he supports "the teaching of the Catholic Church."

“I’m completely opposed to abortion,” Mogg said. “It’s a completely different kettle of fish [to gay marriage]. With same-sex marriage, that is something that people are doing for themselves. With abortion, it is something that is done to the unborn child." He added that he opposes abortion across the board, even in cases of rape or incest, because "life begins at conception."

Suzanne Moore, columnist for The Guardian.

(Photo: The Guardian website.)

As for same-sex "marriage," Rees-Mogg explained that "marriage is a sacrament and a sacrament lies with the Church and not with Parliament. And I support the teaching of the Catholic Church." 

Rees-Mogg simply repeated what the Catholic Church teaches on abortion and on same-sex "marriage." Yet Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid seemed genuinely shocked by this idea.

Further, The Guardian's Suzanne Moore was appalled and labeled Rees-Mogg a "thoroughly modern bigot" apparently for the sole reason that he is a believing Catholic. 

"He thinks same-sex marriage is wrong and laments David Cameron's support for it," wrote Moore in her column. "He thinks women should not be 'allowed' abortions, even in cases of rape. He didn't tone it down, he tells it like it is."

"And this is what it is," she continued, "like all his politics, extremely right-wing and reactionary. This politics has not gone away, but is ceaselessly repackaged. It is not a throwback. We are in its throes."

Portrait of Henry VIII, a former king of England. (Public domain.) 


"He is a Catholic," wrote Moore, and "this kind of fundamentalism" has "no place in public life."

It is not known whether Moore is related to the late King Henry VIII, but she and The Guardian certainly seem to be intellectual descendants of the six-times-married monarch.

We well know where that line of thinking went.


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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman