The Archdiocese of Westminster’s monthly newspaper The Westminster Record, edited by Bishop John Arnold, has published an article by Barbara Kentish, an employee of the diocese’s Justice and Peace commission, that seeks to justify Westminster’s invitation to Prof Tina Beattie to deliver a lecture as part of the Justice and Peace commission’s Year of Faith lecture series. Prof. Beattie has been banned from taking part in a similar Year of Faith lecture series in her own diocese of Clifton.
Under the headline ‘Free Speech’ Barbara Kentish writes:
‘Nor can we ignore the damage caused by bloggers as in the case of Tina Beattie, the university professor who has recently been prevented twice from speaking at Catholic institutions because she spoke out on the freedom of conscience regarding gay marriage. One of the aims of Justice and Peace is to speak on behalf of the ‘voiceless’. In this case we must speak out and uphold the right of a professor to persue her own personal beliefs’.
Protect the Pope comment: It is frankly absurd for the Archdiocese of Westminster’s Justice and Peace Commission to claim that Prof. Tina Beattie is one of the ‘voiceless’. Not only does she lecture as the Director of Catholic studies at Digby Stuart College, but she also regularly publishes articles in The Tablet, of which she is a board member, is a regular guest on Radio 4′s Sunday programme, and publishes books and articles.
It is clear from the writings and statements of Prof. Tina Beattie that she supports the abortion of embryonic human beings, strongly supports same-sex marriage, is a vocal opponent of the Church’s teaching on contraception, and advocates the ordination of women to the priesthood. If this weren’t enough, Prof Beattie has also written sacrilegiously and blasphemously about the Mass as a homosexual orgasm, Christ’s marriage to the Church as justifying same-sex marriage and a sexual fantasy about the apostles having sex with women disciples. Worse than this, Prof Beattie has used the Dogma of the Holy Trinity to justify the abortion of early embryonic human beings as non-persons.
It is not good enough for the Justice and Commission to defend their invitation to Prof. Beattie by saying that she won’t be talking about anything controversial, because by giving her a public platform the Archdiocese of Westminster is either making a public declaration that her public dissent is unimportant, or they implicitly support her right to dissent from the teachings of the Church. Surely those involved with this decision to invite Prof Beattie to speak in February can see that either position is untenable?