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How to help Catholics in ‘mixed’ marriages

SIR – As the Catholic spouse of a “mixed” marriage (and I suspect like many others in similar positions), I am increasingly confused and vexed by the mixed messages coming from Vatican sources/senior hierarchy to the general public (Feature, July 6).

I would respectfully ask them to spare a thought when on occasion they are called to enlighten an expectant public on points of Catholic doctrine for the ordinary lay persons who are faced with a double whammy.

The first is that not all our bishops appear to a news-hungry world to be singing from the same hymn sheet. Second, a growing number of Catholics imbued by a relativist approach to Church doctrine appear as a kind of “fifth column” in our midst, emboldened by the seemingly contradictory messages coming from higher up, thus adding to the confusion. You see one’s difficulty here?

Evangelism can take many forms, but to be most effective it needs a secure doctrinal platform as a buffer against the misconceptions and uncertainties of modern living.

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