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Monday, September 26, 2016
Bishop allays concerns over Comic Relief
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¬†Three Catholic schools in the Welsh diocese of Menevia were reported by a number of national newspapers yesterday, to have refused to support Comic Relief, out of concerns that it funded pro-abortion agencies. Later a diocesan spokesman said the schools had simply decided to collect money for Catholic charities. Bishop Mark Jabale of Menevia issued the following statement yesterday, saying that the Bishops Conference of England and Wales has been assured by Comic Relief organisers that no funds raised by their events would be used to support such work. Bishop Jabale said: "I am afraid there has been a misunderstanding. Comic Relief has assured the Bishops Conference of England and Wales that they would be willing to hand over their books to us to check, so that we could see that they do not support any abortion projects. "I want to reassure parishioners that they can give money to Comic Relief without worrying that any funds would be given to support something contrary to Catholic teaching." Rt Rev Jabale added: "Catholics might also wish to give donations to a Catholic charity such as CAFOD, which is involved in aid and development work in many countries around the world. Many of our schools have chosen to support CAFOD and are very active and generous in supporting the work they do." Raising their doubts, SPUC issued a statement repeating that in 2001, Comic Relief had given over £250,000 to the Reproductive Health Alliance Europe and £29,000 to UNICEF UK. Source: CCS/SPUC
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