Letter: Married priests in the catholic church

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From Ms J. M. Ruane

Sir: Any Christian generosity I might have is being strained too far by Cardinal Hume and Bishop Lindsay et al asking me to welcome the ordination of Anglican clergy to the Catholic priesthood.

Bishop Lindsay carefully avoided any reference to the reason why Anglicans, married and unmarried, are joining the exodus to Rome. They are doing so because they maintain that women are inferior; unequal before God and unequal in society. Their arrival can only reinforce the misogyny which infects the Catholic Church.

It is wrong to ask Catholic women to accept this development for, if we do, we are colluding in the Church's treatment of women, which in so many ways is unjust and contrary to Gospel values.

Yours faithfully,

J. M. Ruane

Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

5 July