‘It is truly amazing how generous Catholics are in their willingness to forgive the Church’ Premium

23 January 2014 | by Clifford Longley

A  parish priest in Liverpool once told me about the time he printed a note to be pushed through people’s doors. It said that if anyone was a Catholic but no longer went to Mass, they were welcome to contact the presbytery. He got just such a call from a young woman, and visited her at home.She had had a church marriage to a man, the father of her two small children, who turned into a drunken bully. He eventually left and she struggled on alone until she met someone else, attractive, kind and sober. They married in a register office. Her life had come right at last and her family felt whole again, she said, except for one thing. The Catholic Church did not approve.They talked, and eventually my priest friend told the woman that if there were any sin in her situation, which he d

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