Perhaps Ms Widdecombe has read the papal encyclicals on social justice and simply discarded them as European undermining of British sovereignty. Perhaps she thinks Sollicitudo Rei Socialis is an Italian football team.
She may well imagine that the Roman Catholic Church in 1994 is a safe haven for illiberal individualism and privatised religion. She is welcome to find shelter in the corners of it that fit this description.
What she is not entitled to do is to imply that the Anglican Church differs from the Roman Caholic Church in believing that work for social justice is a constitutive dimension of preaching the Gospel. Nor that the articulation of this central belief turns a sermon into a 'party political broadcast'.
Those who take their Catholicism a la carte, like Ms Widdecombe, ought to take more than a glance at the whole menu. What better time than Easter to do so?
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