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Vatican cardinal wanted synod findings to be secret

16 April 2014 | by Christopher Lamb | Comments: 0

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has faced down criticism of its refusal to release the findings of a marriage and family survey by revealing it had been requested to keep the results secret by a Vatican cardinal. Mgr Marcus Stock, the general secretary of the bishops’ conference, has explained that Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri wrote to Cardinal Vincent Nichols asking that the summary not be made public.The Church in England and Wales led the way when it decided to put online a questionnaire ahead of a synod on marriage and family life; 16,500 filled out the survey which included questions on Communion for divorced and remarried, church teaching on artificial contraception, and same-sex ­marriage.But the bishops’ conference has refused to release the find ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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