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French bishops seen taking more active political role

CWN - November 04, 2010

The Catholic bishops of France have taken a more prominent role in public debates, notes the daily La Croix.

The French hierarchy spoke out forcefully against a government crackdown on illegal immigration, and particularly the expulsion of the Roma (gypsy) migrants. Now the bishops are gearing up for a national debate on bioethics. Individual bishops have shown a greater willingness to speak out on issues such as marriage, making public statements and meeting with political leaders. In a country where strict secularism has frequently silenced the voice of religious leaders, this new approach represents a shift in public strategy for the Catholic hierarchy.

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