New archbishop stresses Catholic commitment to child welfare


 At his installation ceremony today, the new Archbishop of Cardiff, Rt Rev Peter Smith, reinforced the commitment and duty of the Catholic Church - and wider society - to protect children and vulnerable adults. In his inaugural homily, the Archbishop said: "To be uncaring towards children and vulnerable members of society is bad enough. But to abuse them is infinitely worse and is a grave sin against love and justice. Insofar as any one of us has failed in this regard, we are duty bound to remedy the harm done and seek forgiveness and reconciliation because living a life of unconditional love demands total integrity.." Earlier, the Archbishop reaffirmed Roman Catholic support for life at all its stages and the upholding of human dignity saying: "It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop. "A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalised."

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