A booklet on domestic abuse has drawn criticism from some senior figures within the English and Welsh Church.
The Catholic Universe reported last week how the booklet, released by the National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW), had received praise from Abbot Hugh Allan, O.Praem, the Bishops’ Conference liaison to the NBCW.
However, senior figures within the Church have since criticised the booklet, entitled Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse. The Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, said that while the booklet was “very well-intentioned and timely”, it was “ill-thought-through”.
“I was very disappointed,” he said.
“It never once referred to Jesus, to the Gospels or what Jesus teaches about the care of the vulnerable.
“I am surprised and disappointed, too, that it signposts vulnerable people and victims to organisations which are fundamentally opposed to Christian anthropology, and I think specifically to the Catholic Church,” he said. “It doesn’t point people to equivalent Catholic organisations.”
The booklet, he said, “implicitly supports gender fluidity against the Church’s own position” set out in such documents as the catechism and Male and Female He Created Them, a document on gender theory published in 2019 by the Vatican.
The booklet also talks about parishioners who identify as LGBTQ+ and who are transgender.
Abbot Allan told CNS that Catholics must use the booklet “in unity with the faith and be guided by that same faith”. “I know as a parish priest that I would find the booklet helpful,” he added. “I hope others do, too.”
Picture: This illustration depicts domestic violence. (CNS illustration/Emily Thompson).