20 September 2017, The Tablet

Let Father Martin speak out


Cafod and censorship

 

Cafod, the overseas aid agency that stands for all that is truest and best in Catholicism in England and Wales, has allowed itself to succumb to a combination of trolling, no-platforming, and the Catholic alt-right – that is, the mad-as-a-hatter version of American Catholicism. It has issued and then withdrawn an invitation to a distinguished American theologian to give a lecture in London – then reissued it after second thoughts – because of the fuss his most recent book might cause.

“No-platforming” means refusing to invite to speak – or having invited, then cancelling – people whose opinions draw strong disapproval. 

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