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 â€śas soon as possibleâ€ť urging them to block the Governmentâ€™s same-sex marriage plans.
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, said they should write â€śclearly, calmly and forcefullyâ€ť outlining their concerns.
Among his fears is that children will no longer be taught about what he called â€śthe true nature of marriageâ€ť 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 churchâ€™s 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.