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Actor in row over Aids charity

THE ACTOR Simon Callow has threatened to resign as patron of a leading Catholic boys choir after the London Oratory Schola decided to drop the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) as its nominated charity for a World Aids Day concert. The London Oratory Schola dropped the trust as the beneficiary of its gala evening because the charity's philosophy was at odds with Catholic teaching. according to the Guardian. Mr Callow, who is a patron of both the Terence Higgins Trust and the Schola, said the school's decision meant he found it difficult to support either the choir or its concert. In an e-mail to the Oratory's headmaster, David McFadden, Mr Callow said: "If what they tell me is true, you will readily appreciate that I couldn't attend I'm a patron of the TUT. Indeed, I'm afraid I'd have to withdraw as a patron of the Schola: if it's subject to that sort of pressure from the Catholic Church, then I'd find it really hard to endorse it. A hateful situation for you."

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