Statement from Rev. Dr. Gareth Jones, Catholic Chaplain to Cardiff University:
The piece sets forth clearly the issues at stake for “Cardiff Students for Life”. Of course it doesn’t reference that CathSoc which predates the Union along with free speech will also be a casualty if this motion is passed. The Chaplain and the President of CathSoc have met on two occasions and recognise that it would not be consistent to endorse or identify with the Cardiff Union in the event of the motion being passed. This motion makes as to presume consent or cooperation in the “pro-choice” political agenda which silences broad debate on fundamental matters of life and the liberty of the person. In matters inconsistent with the Catholic Faith the only option open to Catholics in this event of being silenced and religious liberty trampled upon is to resign from the Union until such a time as a more liberal spirit returns. Catholics recognise their place within civil society and contribute to it. However they must be afforded that legitimate freedom to uphold the Commandment “you shall not kill” even if such is not enshrine in statute in regard to the unborn infant. The exclusion of CathSoc resulting from this motion being passed will not impact upon the internal or social outreach activities of the Catholic Chaplaincy in relation to the Catholic community at the University. However it will necessitate a re-examining of those activities and collaborations of the Catholic community at present. The Chaplaincy at 62, Park Place is the property of the Archdiocese of Cardiff. The chaplain is appointed by the Archbishop. Let us pray for charity in our dealings with those promoting the motion and common sense in overturning this narrow-minded motion.
Fr. Gareth A. Jones
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered this Wednesday, 26th November, at 8pm at the Catholic Chaplaincy.
This will be followed by an all-night Vigil of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding at 8am.