- Battle lines drawn
This week produced the clearest evidence yet that the Synod Fathers are sharply divided between those who are supporting Pope Francis in his efforts to present a more pastoral vision of the Church and those determined first and foremost to emphasise its moral teaching
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Regarding Bishop Egan's suggestion to deny the Sacraments to MPs who voted for same-sex marriage, I note that no one appears to be considering the excommunication of any Catholic MP or peer from the Coalition who voted for the barbaric cuts in welfare benefit which have been instituted recently. Perhaps Bishop Egan would like to reconsider the message of the Gospels about our mission to the poor and Pope Francis' call for a poor Church for the poor. Perhaps the threat of removing the blessings of the sacraments might help Conservative and Liberal Democrat parliamentarians think about what the consequences their actions may have on so many people.
James Barham, Whalton, Northumberland