• Catherine Utley

Treatment of siblings "unjust" Catholic Church

Updated: Mar 19, 2019

21 November 2018

Westminster Cathedral, London

The Assistant General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Gregory Pope, has described the way the government treats cohabiting siblings as "clearly unjustly discriminatory". In a letter to Catherine Utley of Family Ties Matter, Mr Pope wrote: "...there is clearly a lacuna in the current law which means that siblings living together for a prolonged time are denied the sharing of tax allowances, pension rights, inheritance tax benefits and so forth, which are available to others". Mr Pope, who is a former Labour MP, added that the government ought to recognise [this] unfair situation..and then set out how it intends to remedy it." Mr Pope's letter was in response to one Catherine Utley had written to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference about where the Church stood on whether civil partnerships should be extended and, if so, to whom. In response to that point, Mr Pope said it was a matter of principle for the Catholic Church to support marriage as the foundation block of society.

His full letter can be found here