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“A CYCLE OF DEMOCRATIC SELF-HARM” – MP QUITS POLITICS AFTER ATTENDING CATHOLIC RETREAT

“A catholic MP has disclosed that a month-long retreat helped her make her decision to quit politics.

Sarah Teather MP told the ‘Guardian’ that she decided to attend a Jesuit retreat while she struggled with her decision whether to continue as a Liberal Democrat MP.

Miss Teather said: ‘Sometimes you just have to shut up. This politician just needed to shut up and stop talking in order to make a decision.’

Miss Teather attended a retreat at Loyola Hall, a Jesuit Centre just outside Liverpool. While she was there she decided she would leave politics, partly because she did not agree with her party’s stance on immigration.

Miss Teather said: ‘I don’t hate politics and I didn’t make a decision in despair. I made a careful, thought-through choice and I couldn’t get that across. I felt very sad in case I’d in any way added to the disillusion that people felt about politics. I was really troubled by that.’

The MP, who voted against the same-sex marriage Bill, said that politicians ‘invent’ problems. She said: ‘We get ourselves into our own little spiral. We end up inventing problems to pretend we’re relevant, and then try to fix the problems we’ve just invented. The EU migration stuff is a classic example.’

She added: ‘The public know it’s guff, so their trust in politicians goes down. And then our anxiety about being relevant goes up, so we kind of get into a cycle of democratic self-harm, so we get progressively more frenzied about chasing wilder and wilder straw men and the public get more and more cynical. I’m not convinced that’s the best way of demonstrating we’re in touch.'”
– This article by Madeleine Teahan was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue January 10 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 
 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: WORKSHOPS – PRACTICAL ENGAGEMENT IN JUSTICE & PEACE

PRACTICAL ENGAGEMENT IN JUSTICE & PEACE
A day of training and workshops to help you make it happen.

• WHAT: Workshops on: Catholic Social Teaching, Human Trafficking,
How the scripture relates to work in the community, and
Lobbying your MP. Choose 2 from 4.

• WHEN: Saturday, 22nd June, from 10.30am to 4.00pm
(tea & coffee from 10.00am)

• WHERE: Cathedral Halls, Brentwood

All are welcome. Tea and coffee provided – bring lunch.
No charge to attend but donations welcome.

To book a place e-mail: office@southwarkjandp.co.uk

 

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PLEASE DO YOUR PART: HELP THE CAMPAIGN TO DEFEND MARRIAGE

This campaign invites all UK citizens to make a stand. Everyone is asked to participate, whether Catholic, Church of England, Baptist, Methodist, of another Christian denomination, people of other faiths, etc.
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CATHOLIC BISHOPS POSTCARD CAMPAIGN TO DEFEND MARRIAGE

The UK government will soon publish the “Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill” which, if passed, will fundamentally alter the meaning of marriage. We urge you to ‘Speak Out for Marriage’ and defend the definition that has played a fundamental role in society for centuries. The most effective way of defending marriage at this point is by contacting your local MP in order to make your views known.

The Catholic Bishop’s Conference has launched a postcard campaign entitled ‘Speak Out for Marriage’. [The text on the postcards follows below. Please print it out, fill it (your name and address), put it in an envelope, address it to your MP at the House of Commons (the address is given below), and post it. Alternatively, copy and paste the text below and email it to your MP. If you are unsure who your MP is, please type your postcode into the website http://www.theyworkforyou.com (external link), which will tell you who your MP is. Thank you so much.]

TO BE ADDRESSED TO:

MP ………………………
House of Commons
Westminster
London SWIA 0AA

TEXT:

Dear Member of Parliament,

As a concerned constituent I urge you to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

• Marriage between a man and a woman is the foundation of the family and. provides the best circumstances in which to raise the next generation.

• This is why society has recognised marriage as having an identity distinct from any other relationship, however much love or commitment may be involved; marriage is about the common good.

• No mainstream political party promised such a radical change in its last election manifesto. There is therefore no mandate for it.

Please vote against it and let me know your views.

Name: ………………………

Address: ……………………

………………Postcode…….

 
 

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