More than 500 British lay people have signed a letter in support of hundreds of priests who recently wrote to The Catholic Herald declaring their support for the Church’s teaching on marriage.
- The Catholic Herald
The lay people’s letter, published in this week’s edition of The Catholic Herald, states: “We believe that the Church must continue to proclaim the truth about marriage, given us by Christ in the Gospels” and is signed by 505 lay persons. The letter has gained another ten signatures since the Catholic Herald went to press taking the total number to 515.
The letter begins: “We, the undersigned, wish to endorse and support the letter signed by over 460 priests in the recent edition of the Catholic Herald.
“As laity, we all know from our own family experiences, or those of our friends and neighbours, the harrowing trauma of divorce and separation, and we sympathise with all those in such situations.”
It continues: “It is precisely for that reason that we believe that the Church must continue to proclaim the truth about marriage, given us by Christ in the Gospels, with clarity and charity in a world that struggles to understand it.”
The original letter, signed by nearly 500 priests and published last month, stated: “We wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the Word of God and taught by the Church’s Magisterium for two millennia.”
Although the priests’ letter was not welcomed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who said that such debate should not be conducted through the media, the lay people’s letter to The Catholic Herald calls on Church hierarchy to show “unwavering” support for Catholic teaching.