Rome snub to lay theologian16 September 2012
The Vatican intervened to pressure the diocese of Clifton to cancel a lecture due to have been delivered by a lay theologian who signed a letter arguing that Catholics could support gay marriage, The Tablet understands.
Professor Tina Beattie was among 27 signatories of a letter published last month in The Times suggesting that "it is perfectly proper for Catholics, using their fully informed consciences, to support the legal extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples."
It is understood that complaints were made about the letter to the Bishop of Clifton, Declan Lang. It is believed that these complaints reached Rome and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) asked the bishop to cancel the lecture. Professor Beattie, who is a director of The Tablet, told us: "My understanding is that it was the CDF who approached Bishop Declan."
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