UK Bishop Compares ‘Inhuman’ Gay Rights To Nazism In X-Mas Sermon

And you thought Pope Benedict's Christmas address saying marriage equality "offends human truth" was repulsive. Well, his holiness has nothing on British Catholic Bishop Mark Davies.

The Daily Mail reports The Bishop of Shrewsbury is using his Christmas sermon later today to argue "that both Hitler and Stalin challenged Christianity with the notion that what they were doing was 'progress.'" 

DaviesAn excerpt from the senior Catholic official's planned remarks, via the Daily Mail:

Past generations have gathered in this cathedral on Christmas night amid many shadows which seemed to obscure the future for them.

We think of the ideologies of the past century, Communism and Nazism, which in living memory threatened to shape and distort the whole future of humanity.

These inhuman ideologies would each challenge in the name of progress the received Christian understanding of the sanctity of human life and the family. Winston Churchill, Britain’s wartime Prime Minister, a man without clear, religious belief, saw in this deadly struggle nothing less than the defence of Christian civilization.

Davies also plans to hammer Prime Minister David Cameron for his pro-equality push. "The Prime Minister has decided without mandate, without any serious consideration, to redefine the identity of marriage itself, the foundation of the family for all generations to come," he will reportedly say.

Ruth Hunt from the LGBT group Stonewall described Davies's forthcoming comments as "offensive," which is an understatement. "Gay people are all too aware of the horrific results of Nazi ideology due to the countless casualties of the Holocaust," she said. "Bishop Davies’s comments are both deeply offensive to gay people and their families." And human decency.


  1. says

    I’ll take “Britons who failed WWII History” for 400, Alex.

    Hey, Bishop – were it not for the bravery and talent of a particular gay Briton, amongst countless others from other countries, you’d likely be raping children whilst speaking German today.

    or maybe you don’t mind that idea….

  2. john patrick says

    We have these church leaders demeaning love – comparing it to mass murder. Of course Benedict, when he was just Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, claimed in a document that the sexual relationships of gay people are not loving relationships (as if he were an authority on the matter). So I guess first they deny that love is love, then they liken it to mass murder. And Ratzinger – the ex Nazi youth – wrote that when people call for the legalization of same sex love or relationships, no one, not even the Church, should be surprised when people react violently against them. Not only are their statements and arguments screwed up. They are perverse and hideous and revolting.

  3. Patrick ONeill says

    The Church got along great with Mussolini and Hitler – they even negotiated and got their own country.

    Not such a good idea for a Catholic bishop to talk about Nazis

  4. Maguita says

    Please refrain from any more close-ups on perverted and twisted pedophiles. They give me the creeps.

    On a less serious note, one has to start wondering why the “catholic church” is so against gay rights. Haven’t we learned through history that when said church takes up extreme behavior, such as the Inquisition, it is because there is a mightier objective to its disturbed, murderous and maniacal behavior?

    What is the “catholic church” hiding? What should we be looking into in order to reveal most possibly yet another atrocity this hateful, unmerciful and relentlessly vicious organization is trying to cover up?

  5. J.M. says

    The existence of loving, self-valuing GLBT folks is a direct threat to Catholic teaching on the family. It’s almost like they regard us as a rival mafia–they’re out to get us because (by breathing) we encroach on their mind-twisting, $$ making machine.

    It needs to be said over and over: grown men in frocks who (outwardly) declare they are celibate and who protect child predators have no moral standing and no concept of committed human relationships. They grow violent because the western world refuses to have its intelligence mocked by Rome and its minions.

  6. Craig Garver says

    Bishop, come talk to me when your church has confessed publicly about the damage it’s done, first to the children in your church’s care, then to the children who were denied loving homes because of your homophobia, then to the children who were deeply destroyed because of your homophobia when all they wanted was acceptance. After your confession and repentence, first before God and then your fellow mortals, then and only then am I willing to entertain a word you say. Now you are a Godless sinner. Confession heals the soul, and makes you worthy once again before God. You know that. Yet you continue in sin. I am deeply ashamed of you as a fellow Christian.

  7. woodroad34 says

    Is this the case of the Pot Calling The Kettle Black? Weren’t the Catholics in league to some degree with the Nazis while said Nazis were putting gays in concentration camps or killing them? Realigning history to further personal bigotry under the skirts of religion proves what a Satanist you really are, “Bishop”.

  8. Kevin says

    The church is slowly dying. People are on to them now. It’s amazing how many people are favoring the concept of Yule and Winter Solstice over Christmas.

    The Catholic church offers nothing but indoctrination. Some people feel incredibly comfortable not having any of their own thoughts and want to be told what to think and how.

    I wish some world politician – Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Michael Higgins (President of Ireland) – would simply call the church on all of its negativism and hate. I thought churches were supposed to be compassionate and loving.

    Churches are nothing more than political entities – priests and bishops are church politicians trying to keep donations (like taxes – Mormons want 10%) coming in to save the priests and bishops from getting real jobs.

  9. Eric says

    A Catholic trying to defend Catholicism with history is like the NRA trying to promote gun ownership by spinning school shootings.

  10. Paul says

    Satan is taking over the Christian religion by possessing the Christian leaders to his spew hate and evil.

  11. Wilberforce says

    You’ve made the right argument. Now if only our leaders would do the same.
    But I forget. Gay leadership is chosen for their looks and bods, not for anything vulgar like brains or competence.

  12. simon says

    He forgot to mention the Catholic Church which historically has caused havoc and wars in the World and the number of “witches” they have burned at the stakes.

  13. says

    “gay leadership is chosen by looks?”

    Uh….actually, it’s almost always done by default. So few have the guts to put themselves out there that those who do end up being criticized, for no logical reason, for being a visible presence.

    If you think you’d be a great leader, raise your voice and visibility and become said Leader, starting on a small local level.

  14. stanJaMES says

    the catholic church created the hate of Jews that ultimaltely led to the holocaust by a man who was born and brought up catholic

    Gays were also sent to the death camps – about 50000 of them

    Hitler, Mengele, Eichmann Himmler (#2) and Goebbels were catholic and brought up as such

    And the german pope in 2009 did the unthinkable –

    UNexcommunicated b=ishop Willamson a holcoaust deneir

    We should puyll out of afgan and solve the problems of xtian terrorists in Rome and here.

  15. stanJaMES says

    BTW the mroe we make progress for gay people the wackyier the church of hate will become.

    they are digging their own grave.

    Now it appears that uruguay will have Marriae equality within a week or tw0.

    France almost certainly by spring

    prob britian by a year.

    NZ voted 80 to 40 for Mar= on its first vote (of 3) Wait a month or two.

    Columbia and Brazil under mandate from unanimous their scotus decisions that mandate mar=

    Nepal moving forward on impementing past votes for Mar equality

    These religious nut cases are as crazy as the phelps gang WBC, If you can and live in MD near Annapolis pls come on Jan 2 to protest the phelps gang at the main court house on Rowe bvld, Annapolis

  16. Chutney says

    Ha! I’m amazed that the catholic church has the nerve to come out in public with statements like these. All that needs to be done is to look back through a WWII photo archive and find a mass of photos of catholic priests blessing stacks of Mausers or lines of tanks for the German army to show the honesty of the church.

  17. Randal Oulton says

    The Vatican was the first to sign an international treaty with the Nazis in 1933. In Trier, the Cathedral brought out the supposed “Robe of Jesus” which is rarely displayed to celebrate the concordat with the Nazis.

    So I guess Mark Davies knows all about Nazis.

    Sadly, the church as a whole throughout history has far more evil to answer for than it does good.

  18. Evelyn Steward says

    The bishop should clean up his own house before judging others. A parish priest of his diocese Fr Phil McGovern was exposed in the Sun for trawling the internet in search of gay lovers under the username Happi Fella. Recently another of his parish priests Fr Peter Hooper was jailed for five years for performing a sex act on a teenage boy. Then there is the ongoing investigation into historic sexual abuse at the bishop’s St Ambrose RC College in Hale Barns. The bishop utters hate filled words when it seems his own clergy can’t live up to their vocations. Typical of the hypocricy of the catholic church.

  19. steven lucas says

    Does this silly British bishop realize that homosexuals were targeted by the Nazis and given pink triangles to wear? If he doesn’t, he needs to scrub up on history.

    Underlying the Catholic Church’s opposition to us is that we challenge its power. It’s all about power and money. When you have power, you can make money from the people you have power over.

    Power and money go hand-in-hand. Think of how rich the Vatican is.

  20. Bill says

    @Chutney: the reason “the catholic church has the nerve to come out in public with statements like these” is that the Catholic Church is trying to keep up with the Joneses.

    Jones in this case is a worthy who has set the standard for religious nuttiness in a letter to the editor appearing in The Daily Post, distributed on the peninsula south of San Francisco. He claimed the root cause of the recent shootings is sin: “We have turned away from God and his Ten Commandments and have lost his loving protection.” The worthy then goes on about the Supreme Court’s “diabolical rulings that banned school prayer, nad [sic] legalized contraceptives, abortion, pornography,and homosexuality.” He claims that Satan has been given complete control of the U.S.

    Compared to this nut, the bishop is the voice of reason in spite of his best efforts to the contrary. But we can always look at the bright side of life. At least we made the list.

  21. JJS says

    This from a church that defends and protects child molesting priests. So a 40-year-old priest with a 10-year-old boy is OK, but a 29-year-old man and a 30-year-old man is a threat to the human race?

    Here’s a scripture for you.
    John 11:35. “Jesus Wept.”

  22. Bill Michael says

    Yes, it is well documented that the Catholics were in league with the NAZI’s. The Catholic Church looked the other way while the NAZI’s committed atrocities against the Jews and others. The Catholic Church turned a blind eye as the NAZI’s murdered children. Later, the Catholic Church helped many NAZI’s escape Germany to Argentina in South America by providing passports, documents, and money. Of course, nobody talks about any of that now. Merry Christmas Everyone…!!!

  23. Diogenes Arktos says

    @BZ: Amen. I’m sure his congregation, especially the C&E [Christmas & Easter] component, were fully expecting a vindictive political diatribe as part of the warm and fuzzy routine of celebrating Christmas. NOT! I absolutely cannot fathom such vitriol on Christmas.

  24. Jerry6 says

    It really confuses me how rediculously stupid the Management of the Roman Catholic Church appears to be. They are the largest single collection of Homosexual men in the entire world, (even though there are a few “strait” higher ups,like the late Chicago Bishop that had a “Wife” with a Church built home in St Petersburg, Florida). By publicly condembing Homosexuality, the Pope is excluding a generally affluent group of potential members who would, on average, put more money in the collection plates every week than those men burdened by non working wives and children to support. Also, by supporting Gay Catholic couples who adopt children to bring them to Sunday School, the Church will continue to grow as these “Strait” children marry and have their own children in the future.

  25. andrew says

    You know that your side is winning when your opponents become unhinged and rant and rave, like the hierarchy of the Catholic and Anglican Churches. The irony of this whole debate is that a solid majority of Catholic and Anglican Priests are closeted homosexuals. And quite a few of them, to put it politely, have boundary issues when dealing with young boys.

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