Letter: Subsidiarity as preached by Rome

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Sir: Malcolm Johnson claims that subsidiarity has been a central principle of the Roman Catholic church for many years (letter, 7 July). If so, why does that church not leave decisions about birth control to individual parents? That surely is an area in which personal autonomy should be supreme, based on the circumstances of a family.

If Rome is an example of subsidiarity in practice, our fathers in Brussels have a lot to learn.

Yours faithfully,


MP for Sussex Mid (Con)

House of Commons

London, SW1

7 July