Catholic World News
February 02, 2010
A day after Pope Benedict praised the British bishops for opposing an Equality Bill that threatens religious freedom, Stephen Hughes, a Catholic member of the European Parliament, offered public criticism of the Pontiff, as did representatives of various activist organizations.
“As a Catholic, I am appalled by the attitude of the Pope. Religious leaders should be trying to eradicate inequality, not perpetuate it,” said Hughes.
“Inequality is at the root of many social problems,” he added. “Instead of criticizing the UK's plans to improve its legislation, the Pope should ensure that existing EU legislation is properly applied in the Vatican.”
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Pope challenged over equality law (UKPA)
Anger as Pope slams UK equality law (UKPA)
Pope confirms travel plans in blunt speech to British bishops (CWN, 2/1)
In victory for religious liberty, House of Lords blocks Equality Bill provisions (CWN, 1/26)
See also from CWN on February 1, 2010, "Church has right to bring Gospel values to public debate, pope says."