A foster mother pays tribute to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s compassion (27.1.2007)

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Mail on Sunday, 27 January 2007

By Eileen Fairweather

When the Archbishop of Canterbury supported the Catholic Church in the gay adoption row last week, many were surprised.

Dr Rowan Williams, usually considered a moderniser, was criticised by liberals for asking Tony Blair to exempt Catholic adoption agencies from Government regulations – being introduced in April – which will force all agencies to offer children for adoption to gays.

The Guardian newspaper, in a comment piece, even suggested that the church’s moral authority was ‘fatally compromised’.

Now it has emerged that Dr Williams may have been influenced by his close involvement with a remarkable couple who rescued a boy brutalised by a notorious social services paedophile ring.

Horrified by the inference that the Archbishop is homophobic, the couple have spoken for the first time of their friend’s ‘immeasurable’ help as they struggled to save a child driven to despair by…

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