Typical…the Catholic Church is telling people to write to MPs to stop marriage equality:
The leader of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales has urged parishioners to write to their MPs âas soon as possibleâ urging them to block the Governmentâs same-sex marriage plans.
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, said they should write âclearly, calmly and forcefullyâ outlining their concerns.
Among his fears is that children will no longer be taught about what he called âthe true nature of marriageâ in schools, if legislation is passed allowing marriage between homosexuals.
With the bill on same-sex marriage due to be tabled in mid-January, the clock is now ticking.
At least 130 Conservative MPs could vote against the Government on the issue, but many more would be needed to stop it becoming law.
In a pastoral letter to mark the Feast of the Holy Family, Archbishop Nichols called on Catholics to act now to change politiciansâ minds.
It is the first time he has written directly asking parishioners to lobby MPs, and marks a new phase in the churchâs campaign against the potential law change.
About five million people in England and Wales are Catholic, of which a million regularly attend church.
Imagine 5 million letters to the Pope telling him to stop covering up child abuse and to redress the sins of the priesthood…won’t be holding my breath.