Wednesday 14 September 2011

Pray for Father John Sherrington who's to be ordained bishop today

I have the privilege today of attending, on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, the episcopal ordinaltion of Father John Sherrington (pictured), a priest from the Nottingham diocese.  He will be ordained at Westminster Cathedral as an auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese of Westminster, my family's archdiocese.

For my visitors who believe in prayer, please pray for our new bishop.

As Pope John Paul II put it in Evangelium Vitae - "bishops are the first ones called to be untiring preachers of the Gospel of Life. We are also entrusted with the task of ensuring that the doctrine which is once again being set forth in this Encyclical is faithfully handed on in its integrity. We must use appropriate means to defend the faithful from all teaching which is contrary to it." (EV, 82).

Father Sherrington has professional experience in dealing with life issues. He was a member of the Bishops' Conference (of England and Wales) Working Party writing Cherishing Life in 2005. He was chair of the Marriage and Family Life Commission of the Nottingham diocese; and since 2004 he was a member of various hospital ethics committees, boards of school governors, and the University of Derby Research Ethics Committee; and a member of the Bishops' conference healthcare reference group.

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