The website of A Call to Action has buried Dr Woodman’s appeal to members to email in support of Fr Radcliffe’s participation at Dublin’s Divine Mercy Conference. The original post read as follows [Update: Readers have pointed out that though the post has been dropped off the home page blog it is listed under latest news, bottom left hand corner.]
‘I have recently come across a petition to try to stop Fr Timothy Radcliffe from speaking at a Divine Mercy Conference in Dublin on the grounds of his views on gay issues. Although he is liberal on such matters he actually opposed same-sex marriage, so it is ironic, but the main point is that he is a great and holy man and this is a big insult to him organised by the usual suspects. I would like to encourage anyone who can to write an e-mail to email@example.com his attendance. Thanks, Tom Woodman (Coodinator Portsmouth)’.
On 29th January Protect the Pope posted:
‘ Fr Radcliffe openly dissents on the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and Holy Communion for the divorced and re-married. Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP frequently celebrated Mass for the gay dissent group the Soho Masses Pastoral Council. During the reign of Pope Benedict XVI Fr Timothy Radcliffe was stopped from speaking at the General Assembly of the Catholic development agencies. Fr Radcliffe is well known for his liberal positions on morality, including his public opposition to the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. Fr Timothy Radcliffe’s attendance at the International Divine Mercy Conference in Dublin is a profound insult and scandal to faithful and loyal Catholics who have a devotion to Divine Mercy, St Faustina and Blessed John Paull II. The organisers of the Divine Mercy Conference should pay close attention to the fact that Fr Radcliffe is being supported by an English dissent movement that seeks to change the Church’s doctrine and discipline on many vital areas of faith and morality.
Protect the Pope comment: Why has ACTA High Command buried Dr Woodman’s post from its website? Did they realise that by publicly supporting Fr Radcliffe that they were showing their dissenting hand thereby undermining their PR policy of saying they only want to encourage dialogue? Dr Woodman’s post rather gave the game away, ‘ Although he is liberal on such matters [gay issues]….’ Or is it that ACTA doesn’t want to be publicly associated with Fr Radcliffe in light of his submission to the Pilling Report?