UK    NEW ARCHBISHOP CALLS FOR END TO CATHOLIC MARRIAGE BAN
The archbishop-elect of Westminster has called for an end to the law which bars the heir to the British throne from marrying a Catholic.
   Speaking on BBC television's breakfast show on Monday, Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said he hoped to continue the work of his predecessor Cardinal Basil Hume which has given the Catholic community a higher profile in British life.
   He said: "I think that, inasmuch as the Catholic community is part of this country, there is a strong part of me that would say that an heir to the crown should be free to marry whoever he wishes, whatever denomination, and there must be freedom here. I think that this is a question that needs to be looked at."
   Bishop Murphy-O'Connor said that, while he was "compassionate" to people who got into difficulties in life, he upheld the Vatican's teaching on contraception, priestly celibacy, and abortion which was "always an evil."
   
CWN 22/2/00

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