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British bishops neutral on EU referendum

April 20, 2016

The bishops of England and Wales have approved a resolution calling upon Catholics to pray and reflect upon the common good, the needs of the vulnerable, and the dignity of the human person as voters prepare to decide whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union.

“Each person will have their own views about the best political framework in which to realize these ideals,” the bishops, meeting at Hinsley Hall in Leeds, said in reference to the June 23 referendum. “We acknowledge the justifiable concerns that many people have in relation to the European Union, its institutions and the implications of increasing integration.”

The bishops added:

This referendum is an opportunity to reflect on those values we cherish as a nation and as Catholics. High among these values are mutual respect and civility, vital in this national conversation about the very future of our nation within the world.


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