BY STAFF REPORTER
THE aisHoa of East Anglia has called for Catholics to be patient over Amnesty International's (Al) new proabortion stance, after some members of the faithful left the human rights group in protest.
Bishop Michael Evans said that pro-life Amnesty members should wait until the international council meeting in Mexico later this year before abandoning the group.
"It would be unwise to urge people to leave. We want them to stick with it until we know more," said Bishop Evans, who has been a member of Al for more than 30 years. "The way Amnesty have been secretive with this is appalling, but we are waiting for the key meeting in Mexico and an open policy decision before we act."
Amnesty International, a human rights organisation, which has remained neutral on the subject of abortion, secretly adopted a pro-abortion policy in March, despite earlier claims that it would wait for the Mexico meeting before making a decision. The change in policy was leaked at the end of April.
Some Catholics, such as Michael Hill, former head of Amnesty's Rochdale group, have left Amnesty, saying that they could not square their beliefs as Catholics with an organisation that supported the destruction of the unborn.