Diocese cancels lecture by theologian who made case for gay marriage11 September 2012
The Diocese of Clifton has cancelled a lecture to be delivered by a female lay theologian after she signed a letter in a national newspaper that said Catholics could support gay marriage.
Professor Tina Beattie was among 27 signatories of a letter published last month in The Times which suggested that "it is perfectly proper for Catholics, using their fully informed consciences, to support the legal extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples."
Professor Beattie, Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Catholic Studies at Roehampton University, was due to give a lecture at Clifton Cathedral next week as part of a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.
But in a statement the diocese said that "in light of the controversy" over the letter it had "decided to cancel the lecture".
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