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Catholic Church poll on sexual ethics 'needs transparency'

"Dialogue and transparency" is needed over the Catholic Church's consultation of sexuality and family life, the Catholic group A Call to Action has said.

Jean Riordan, chair of the group's national leaders team, told the Today programme that Church teaching "should be formed by consulting".

Her comments follow the decision by the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales to turn down a request by members for the results of a sexual ethics survey to be made public.

But Father Marcus Stock, general secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, defended the decision.

He stated that if the information was disclosed it could result in the views of bishops becoming "predetermined" ahead of an upcoming Synod focusing on the subject of family.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 17 April.

  • 17 Apr 2014
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