Washington D.C., Apr 4, 2023 / 11:54 am
A Maltese Catholic priest who served as a chaplain in a London hospital received £10,000 in a settlement with the United Kingdom’s National Health Service after he alleged he was fired for expressing the Church’s teaching on homosexuality.
Father Patrick Pullicino, who is also a medical doctor, sued the London NHS Trust for harassment, religious discrimination, and victimization. The 73-year-old priest’s £10,000 settlement is equal to about $12,414.
“There is a tendency throughout the NHS to force their patients to accept generic ‘spiritual’ care instead of giving support for their Christian beliefs,” Pullicino said in a statement, according to a news release from the Christian Legal Centre, which represented him in court.
“Christian faith is particularly important in sickness, particularly when in danger of death,” Pullicino continued. “Limiting this is inhumane, in addition to being outside the law. Good, religion-specific chaplaincy support is under threat in the NHS but is essential in all hospitals. A government inquiry is urgently needed into restoring hospital chaplaincy to its rightful place.”