A Roman Catholic priest in the United Kingdom is taking legal action against a public hospital trust after he was allegedly expelled from a National Health Service (NHS) facility for answering a patient’s question about the church’s stance on sexuality and marriage. was thrown out.
The Rev Patrick Pulcino, 73, who was a temporary member of staff at the Mental Health NHS Trust in South West London and St George’s, was told the trust’s policy on equality and diversity “took priority over religious belief” after a patient complaint “. With your legal counsel at the Christian Legal Center in London.
Pulisino told Fox News Digital that the incident occurred in August 2019, when a Catholic patient at an NHS hospital requested a walk with him, during which he told the priest that he was planning to marry his gay partner. and asked what he thought about it.
“So I said to him, ‘Well, what do you think God would say about it?’ It’s a Catholic asking a Catholic priest — clearly within a secular hospital, but he clearly wanted Catholic doctrine, but that’s all I’ll give anyway,” Pulicino said.
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“I didn’t try to push her on it, I just tried to slowly open her mind about it, and it wasn’t a confrontational thing.” After the patient revealed that his father disapproved of his lifestyle, Pulcino said he would agree and encouraged the patient to “try and make up with his father.”
He added, “Especially people with psychiatric illness definitely need family support. That’s why I didn’t share too much.”
Pulisino was later informed that a formal complaint had been filed against him for his comments. Vanessa Ford, acting chief executive of the Mental Health NHS Trust in South West London and St George’s, reportedly said in a written response to the complaint that the trust’s policy on equality and diversity “took precedence over religious belief”.
His lawyers say Pujari’s contract with the hospital expired while he was on annual leave in January 2020.
“…it wasn’t confrontational.”
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The reason given for the termination was reportedly “budgetary constraints”, although Pulcino stated that his pay was too low, and he offered to work for free. With the assistance of the Christian Legal Centre, he is now pursuing a legal case against the trust alleging harassment, religious discrimination and harassment.
The trial is due to take place at Croydon Employment Tribunal in July.
Prior to his ordination as a Catholic priest in 2019, Pulisino had a successful career as a consultant neurologist in the NHS, and became famous for helping to expose the abuse of the Liverpool Care Pathway, an end- The life protocol was later terminated.
Pulisino noted that after being removed from the hospital, there was no one there to provide the sacraments and support for Catholic patients.
“Psychiatric patients are extremely vulnerable,” Pulicino said. “They need support, and they especially need spiritual support. Because with some mental problems like schizophrenia, there is a blurring between the spiritual and personal dimensions, which can be really distressing to patients. Spiritual support is very important.”
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“… with some mental problems such as schizophrenia, there is a blurring between the spiritual and personal dimensions…”
Pulisino said that UK society is becoming increasingly secular, noting that the number of self-proclaimed Christians in the country has dropped below 50%. He also said that the hospital has gone out of its way to employ more Muslim chaplains, although the percentage of Muslims in the UK is relatively small.
He said, “It seems like they’re bending over backwards to support and bring in that kind of religion, while pushing Christianity out.” “It’s really sad.”
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A spokeswoman for the Mental Health NHS Trust in South West London and St George’s said: “While we cannot comment on active legal proceedings, we remain committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) for all our staff, patients and communities. Totally committed to.” Fox News Digital.
“We have an EDI policy which we actively promote and with which we expect all our staff members to comply. We respect all protected characteristics of our staff, patients and communities equally and Let’s celebrate them.”
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“We take seriously our responsibility to meet the spiritual needs of patients, and we oppose discrimination of any kind. We seek to protect all our patients and staff members in line with the Equality Act 2010. “
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