Loading
Cabinet minister admits link with Catholic group

.- Britain’s recently appointed Education Secretary, Ruth Kelly, has come under fire in the British press for her association to Opus Dei, a Catholic group founded by St. Josemaria Escriva. She admitted on BBC’s Breakfast with Frost that she receives spiritual support from Opus Dei. The group has come under a lot of media scrutiny due to its strict observance of Church teachings and its unfavorable portrayal in the recent book, The DaVinci Code.

"People know that I’m a Catholic and that I take it seriously. And I come to this job as a Catholic, as well as a parent and with all sorts of other influences," said Kelly.

The 36-year-old pledged, however, that her Catholic faith would not affect her position in public office and judgment as a minister.

Her political adversaries disagree, alleging that her faith may stop her advancing the government’s agenda on such matters as stem-cell research and abortion.

"I am absolutely clear that, as a member of this Government, I have collective responsibility for government policy," said Kelly, the youngest woman ever to be appointed to Cabinet.

She also denied telling Prime Minister Tony Blair she cannot work in the International Development Department because it distributes condoms to fight AIDS in Africa.

Kelly did not disclose in the interview whether she was a supernumerary, one of the terms used to describe committed members of Opus Dei.

Opus Dei has about 500 members in Britain and 80,000 worldwide.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
20

Liturgical Calendar

April 20, 2014

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Gospel
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Second Reading:: Col 3:1-4
Gospel:: Jn 20:1-9

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Homily
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: