Cafod defends Jon Snow decision...
Blogged by James Preece on 3rd November 2010
This week's Catholic Herald...
Before the papal visit he wrote on his blog that “if women and men enjoyed equality of opportunity in the Catholic church, the abuse, the discovery, the cover-up, and the failure to prosecute would never have happened”.
“Indeed some think it not too fanciful to suggest that the victims of the abuse have been victims not only of the appalling crimes themselves but of a very male abuse of power,” he said.
He then argued the Equality Bill did not go far enough, and that this “brings us to the dilemma facing any secular state. How permissive can the state be of practices which run against the secular legal code?
“Isn’t the pursuit of faith as fundamental a human right as that of equality? Should, for example, the Catholic Church and the Muslim faith be allowed to restrict key positions of prayerful power to men only?”
Mr Snow also agreed to speak at the Marie Stopes “Global Safe Abortion” conference in 2007, before pulling out under pressure.
Cafod defended its decision to invite Mr Snow. A spokeswoman said: “Jon Snow is generously donating his services to chair Cafod’s annual Pope Paul VI Memorial lecture. As a well known and respected journalist Mr Snow is both passionate and knowledgeable about international aid, development and issues of social justice. As such we are delighted that he has agreed to chair this years lecture.”
He's passionate and knowledgeable about international development alright, it's just that his definition of development includes providing contraception and allowing people to kill unborn children.
Unfortunately, Cafod don't seem to think that matters very much.