Two men is all it takes: as two ordinary Catholic fathers, Mark Lambert and I have collected more than 500 signatures on a letter in support of the 461 brave priests who wrote to the Catholic Herald recently.
When we saw the priests’ letter to the Herald in support of Catholic teaching, and in particular when we saw that it was so helpful and clear, we wanted to express our support. Instead of simply writing ourselves, we decided to see if we could get a similar number of laity to sign a letter of support.
So we posted a response and an appeal for signatures on our blogs, and asked other lay Catholic bloggers to do the same. In the event 30 blogs carried the appeal, starting on Palm Sunday, and as a result 515 people have signed the letter, which is now carried by the Herald online, and will be in the print edition at the weekend, thanks to Madeleine Teahan.
I think more people would have signed, but at about the same time, someone started an iPetition to similar effect, and many people having signed one, thought they had signed the other.
Nonetheless, we are delighted that people from every diocese in England and Wales, as well as many in Scotland and Ireland, signed. We also had signatures from all over the world, in particular Europe, the USA, Canada, and Australia.
We felt that it was important to support the priests, because after the Synod, there was some confusion about the Church’s teaching, and the priests made it quite clear what that teaching is and why it is correct. It is wonderful to see priests fulfilling their ministry in such a clear and charitable way.
As fathers, we know that it is particularly important for the next generation to have the benefit of the Church’s clear teaching to guide them. As society moves further and further from a Christian understanding of marriage, it is essential that Christ’s true teaching is presented in a clear way, to help people avoid the tragedy of family breakdown.
And this public initiative seems a good time to lift the veil on the identity of Ben Trovato.