Nuncio urges bishops to be outspoken in their defence of Church teaching

Friday, 27 April 2012

Archbishop Mennini has served as nuncio since December 2010 (Photo: Mazur/

Archbishop Mennini has served as nuncio since December 2010 (Photo: Mazur/

The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain has urged the Bishops of England and Wales to express the teaching of the Church in a “clear and outspoken way”.

Archbishop Antonio Mennini was addressing the bishops at their plenary conference in Hinsley Hall, Leeds, this week.

The archbishop spoke of “the importance of not losing hope in our dialogue with the secular world around us, trying always to courageously express the teaching of the Church”, adding: “I thinkwe all know how important this is for the good of the wider society and for the Church and how close this dialogue is to the heart of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.”

He said: “We all know how difficult it is to live in an increasingly secularised society but, that is why we need to express the teaching of the Church in a clear and outspoken way. This testimony in public life will affect the future of the young and will, God willing, also touch the hearts of all persons of goodwill who are seeking meaning in their lives and, often without realising it, are in fact, searching for God.”

Elsewhere in his address, Archbishop Mennini asked the bishops to be generous in supporting the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, and said he was pleased that vocations to the priesthood and religious life had been one of the issues on the bishops’ agenda.

He also suggested working together with Jews and Muslims to promote the sanctity of life and the institution of marriage, and he praised the Queen for her sixty years as monarch, saying: “I cannot fail to express my admiration, as well as my congratulations, to Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, who has served as monarch for 60 years and clearly manifests in all that she does, especially her Christmas messages, the Christian faith which inspires her.”

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