The letter referred to earlier this week has been published by the Guardian. Hurrah.
We welcome His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the UK as both head of state of the Holy See and as leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics and to the Catholic community of this country. We believe that his presence here comes at an urgent and pressing time, highlighting the trends in our country that serve only to denigrate human rights and human dignity. We support him wholeheartedly because in guarding the Deposit of Faith he:
Opposes the destruction of human life in the womb and values human life from conception to natural death.
Opposes the trend towards refashioning the institution of marriage, thereby denigrating its inherent stability, rooted in the natural order, as being between one man and one woman.
Opposes the trend in the UK towards testing on human embryos, experimenting upon them and stripping the unborn of dignity, under a deceitful justification that this form of experimentation will yield medical benefits for mankind.
Has worked tirelessly to change the culture of the Catholic church to take very seriously allegations or incidences of child abuse, setting up child protection procedures and policies which now make the Catholic church the safest place for a child to be.
Promotes a vision of humanity which advocates a culture of life, stability, marriage, lifelong fidelity and love in which children are welcomed, rather than destroyed, in which human beings are open to new life, opposing vigorously a culture that treats the possibility of new life with contempt.
Upholds the innate, God-given dignity of all human beings regardless of their sexual orientation or social background and upholds the rights and dignity of society’s most vulnerable, the poor, the starving, the outcasts, prisoners, the mentally ill and distressed, the disabled, elderly, sick and all those who are so often disregarded by the rest of society.
Laurence England Brighton, Daniel Mallon Mossend, Bellshill, Scotland, Katherine Rickards Horsham, Dr Justin Wong (Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge), Mary Blyth, Antonia Robinson, Richard Yates Worsley, Manchester, Mac McLernon Blackfen, Kent, Rev Fr Patrick Brennan, Fr Stephen D Brown University of Bradford, Seth Phipps, Fr Raymond Blake St Mary Magdalen Church, Brighton, Natasa Wilkie, Michael Nicholson, Paul Waddington, Damian Ryan, Ros Pearson, Dominic Heaney, Patti Fordyce, Elizabeth McLernon Brighton, Oscar Pinnington, Lucy Pinnington, Dr Timothy Stanley Leverhulme Fellow, Royal Holloway College, University of London, Pauline Gately, Mike Forbester York, Anthony Dickinson, Mr & Mrs David Bradley, Annie Mackie-Savage, Jeff Mackie-Savage, Leo Darroch International Federation Una Voce, Terry Martin Horsham, Fr Nigel Griffin Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Guy Nevard, Annalisa Panelli Hamilton, Maureen Dawson, Benedict Kobus, Dr Anthony Dykes University of Manchester, Claire McMillan Aberdeen, Professor David Paton (Chair of Economics, Nottingham University), Dr Isobel Camp, Delia Gaze, Daniel Gribbon, J Hickey, Paddy Stanford, Jim Roche, Kevin O’Brien, Robin Farrow, Brian Crowe Stronsay, Orkney, Margaret Crowe Stronsay, Orkney, Clare Griffiths, Carol Ann McKechnie, Michael McKechnie, Emma Rose McKechnie, Callum McKechnie, Ryan McKechnie, Dominic Newman, Father John Boyce, Sandy Morris, Sue Sims, Ray Doherty, Major D Wilson, Michael Carchrie Campbell , Liz Masebo, Patrick Carberry London, Clare Carberry London, Helen Parry, Marguerita Carroll, Dr Brian Sudlow University of Reading, Karla Mayers, Erica Mayers, Kevin Burgess, Fr Mark Naughton, Nick Holland, Celia Longley, David Jones London, Edward Thompson, Marysia Dembinski , Judith Benson, George Horvath Brighton, Dianne Brennan Brighton, Michael Armes Brighton, Neil D’Aguiar Director of spirituality, Richard Challoner school (84)