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Bishop Says ‘Twilight of Christian England’ Demands That Faithful Speak Out
The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/10/13 | Mark Greaves

Posted on 06/10/2013 9:10:12 AM PDT by marshmallow

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has said the “twilight of Christian England” is not “entirely negative” as it puts demands on Christians to be clearer about what their faith is and how they should stand up for it.

In a homily at the Northern Catholic Conference at Liverpool Hope University on Sunday the bishop said that in a decade Christianity will be the faith of a “significant minority” in Britain.

This momentous change, he said, “may not be an entirely negative development as it dispels any ambiguity and requires of Christians a greater clarity in both teaching and witness”.

He pointed out that debates about marriage showed an “incomprehension” about the Christian foundations of society and urged Christians to challenge the social consensus.

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1 posted on 06/10/2013 9:10:12 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
The Catholics of the Shrewsbury Diocese are no strangers to persecution.

When the Diocese was established in 1852, there were riots and two of the largest churches in the little diocese were smashed and burned, with the Holy Sacrament desecrated and the clergy beaten.

They probably suspect those days will come again at the hands of others.

2 posted on 06/10/2013 9:18:43 AM PDT by wideawake
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