Catholics urged to ‘forcefully’ oppose gay marriage

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The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales has urged the faithful to write to their MPs “as soon as possible” to oppose the Government’s plans for gay marriage.

The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has called on Roman Catholics to express their views to their constituency MPs “clearly, calmly and forcefully” over the issue.

He said one of his concerns about the plans was how children would be taught about the “true nature of marriage” in schools if the law is changed to allow same-sex marriage.

“Of course there are many different circumstances to family life. Events reshape the family lives of many people,” he wrote in a pastoral letter read out in parishes in the Diocese of Westminster over the weekend.

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