Thursday, December 27, 2007

What the Holy F...?

Trawling through a backlog of unread news feeds, I have just come across the Christmas homily on the importance of the family, from last Sunday's Telegraph. It comes from Vincent Nichols, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, who is particularly concerned about proposals in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill to abandon the requirement to consider the need for a father in fertility treatment.

So far, so good. But then he goes on to expound the importance of fatherhood generally, adding this:

No one can have listened to the pleadings of movements like "Fathers Direct" without recognising that underneath their anger at family courts lies a more fundamental truth: a man is changed for ever once he becomes a father, and that fatherhood calls out for fulfilment in daily action.
No, no, NO, Vinnie! Fathers Direct is not a movement, it is a government-sponsored poodle, whose primary objective is to get fathers to change more nappies so that women can go out to work.

Or perhaps you knew that already? Perhaps it just stuck in your craw to mention the name of a legitimate interest group, such as Fathers 4 Justice or Families Need Fathers?

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