In support of our priests, our families, and our Church

You may have seen the recent letter from more than 450 priests in support of the Church’s teaching on marriage.

We would like to invite you to sign the letter below, to be sent to the press in support of them, and to encourage others to sign it.

To sign, please leave your name and your diocese in the comments box below, or if you prefer email them to us via. our ‘Contact Us’ link, or to one of the coordinators:

Mark Lambert ( or Andrew Plasom-Scott (

The Letter:

Dear Sir,
We, the undersigned, wish to endorse and support the letter signed by over 450 priests in the recent edition of the Catholic Herald,

As laity, we all know from our own family experiences, or those of our friends and neighbours, the harrowing trauma of divorce and separation, and we sympathise with all those in such situations.

It is precisely for that reason that we believe that the Church must continue to proclaim the truth about marriage, given us by Christ in the Gospels, with clarity and charity in a world that struggles to understand it.

For the sake of those in irregular unions, for the sake of those abandoned and living in accordance with the teachings of the Church, and above all for the sake of the next generation, it is essential that the Church continues to make it quite clear that sacramental marriage is indissoluble until death.

We pray, and expect, that our hierarchy will represent us, and the Church’s unwavering teaching, at the Synod this autumn.

Yours faithfully,

About Gertrude

Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium.
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9 Responses to In support of our priests, our families, and our Church

  1. barbercheck says:

    Catherine Barbercheck, Diocese of Peoria, Illinois


  2. Diane says:

    Diane Keck, Bismarck Diocese, ND


  3. Robert John Bennett, Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany


  4. Stewart Wardell
    Diocese of Portsmouth


  5. geoffkiernan says:

    Geoff Kiernan Arch Diocese of Perth Western Australia


  6. johnhenrycn says:

    Donald Tikkala (confirmation name: Newman), Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario.


  7. Gertrude,

    Thanks for posting this, and thanks to all who have signed. I have collected the names of those who have signed and asked your blog to email new comments to me.

    We will stop collecting signatures on Easter Sunday, and send the letter to the Catholic Herald on Monday. We hope to match the 451 priests, and are nearly there.

    Have a blessed Easter.


  8. Gertrude says:

    We were rather late in posting as I had tried to adhere to my abstention during Lent. It is interesting that the intimidation of our priests by their Ordinaries is not a peculiarly British problem.

    I urge anyone who is reading this, and has not signed on one of the many British blogs who have carried this letter – to please sign.

    Andrew: I pray you have matched the number of priests who bravely put their names to the original letter defending Catholic teaching.


  9. kathleen says:

    Have you seen this?
    Over five hundred of the laity have shown their support of our priests, with the names of many of us printed below the article!
    However, I have since heard many people who don’t use the internet much (some members of my family and friends from the parish) regret the fact that their own names were not added to the list, and that they never even knew about the petition until they saw the Catholic Herald’s latest edition with this news. (Makes me feel a bit guilty for not passing the message on beforehand!)

    It is an encouraging sign that there really are such a large number of Catholics (priests and laity) who faithfully adhere to the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of marriage, Holy Communion (only for those in a state of grace), etc.,… far more it would seem than the number of signatures gathered in this petition.


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