Roman Catholic Church Leader Criticised after 'Interfering' Attack on Labour
Byline: LIAM CREEDON
THE leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales was criticised for "dangerous" interfering after he chose to attack the previous government.
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols rebuked the Labour administration for attempting to "create a state that provided everything". Writing in a Sunday newspaper, he also praised the new Coalition Government for its "fresh attitude".
The National Secular Society (NSS) which campaigns against religious influence in public and political life said the Archbishop's comments were "deeply undesirable".
NSS president Terry Sanderson said: "It is deeply undesirable for priests to interfere in politics in this way and even more dangerous for politicians to be swayed by unrepresentative and self-serving religious leaders like Vincent Nichols.
"Research shows the Catholic Church's teachings are not supported by the majority of people in this country and it is frightening to think it may have a significant input into Government policy-making."
Archbishop Nichols wrote: "We have highlighted the need for society to not fall into the trap of thinking that everything is to be provided and not live by the myth that everything is somebody else's responsibility. …