Update – 15th July, 2013
Original Report – 13th July, 2013
Yesterday I received a phone call from Robert Watts, Deputy Political Editor on the London Telegraph, asking if we are the Scottish group responsible for demanding the excommunication of Catholic MPs who voted in favour of same sex marriage. Apparently, there is a leaflet circulating to that effect which is causing quite a stir south of the border. Eventually, we concluded that word must have gotten around about our online petition calling on the Vatican to act to ensure that Canon Law (#915) is enforced, since parish priests and bishops in Scotland are permitting MPs who have voted to legislate for same-sex marriage to continue to receive Holy Communion. Someone, presumably, printed off our petition statement and put the photocopiers to work. I hung up the phone and thought no more about it.
Now, there’s plenty I could say in response to the contents of that outrageous letter, but I keep being told that blog articles ought to be short and to the point.
Suffice to say that Mr Flello’s views on Catholic conscience fall very far wide of the mark, and I’ll be replying to his letter as soon as I can get down to it, to tell him so. In the meantime, I’ve emailed him the link to this discussion thread.
So, what do you think – should I comply with Mr Flello’s wishes and retract the petition statement describing Catholic MPs who voted for same-sex marriage as “dissenters”?
And do I – thinkest thou – owe Mr Flello and his colleague Catholic MPs an apology?
Here’s what I think – “retraction”? “apology”? Yeah right!
Note: the above exchange with Rob Flello MP was reported in the August, 2013 edition of Catholic Truth – to read that report, visit the Newsletter page on our website, click on Archives downward arrow, and select Issue No. 78, August, 2013, scroll to page 7.