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Sacked Maltese priest in fight with UK’s National Health Service over Catholic teaching on marriage

March 30, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Father Patrick Pullicino, a former neuroscience professor, was fired from his position as a psychiatric hospital chaplain after he responded to a patient’s question about Catholic teaching on same-sex marriage.

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) told the priest in an email that its “policy on equality and diversity ... takes precedence over religious beliefs.” The priest has filed suit.

“There does not appear to be a place for Christian teaching or belief in the NHS,” Father Pullicino said. “In a truly democratic society where all faiths and beliefs are respected, I would not have been treated as I was.”

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  • Posted by: Fr Eric Lepanto - Mar. 30, 2023 10:50 AM ET USA

    Creation has an order which the Hebrew Scriptures, (OT) and New Testament protect. Which is why the Catholic Church defends the biological differences of the sexes and the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. Christianity and the Catholic Church did not define marriage. Marriage is a received reality of the order of creation. Those who do not accept the order of creation and natural law are doomed to extinction.