29 Sep 2014 Vatican Comments (12)

Pope Francis: Satan seduces by disguising evil as good

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2014 / 06:31 am .- On Monday’s feast of the archangels Pope Francis spoke of the ongoing battle between the devil and mankind, encouraging…

Read more

01 Jul 2016 Vatican Comments (1)

Benedict XVI ‘will destroy a diary he kept during his papacy’

The Pope Emeritus reportedly admitted to the diary in a book-length interview to be published in September Benedict XVI kept a diary throughout his papacy but …

Read more

03 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (1)

Natural Family Planning - Serious Motives

If, then, there are serious motives to space out births, which derive from the physical or psychological conditions of husband and wife, or from external …

Read more

24 May 2016 United Kingdom Comments (4)

Catholic Church better at retaining faithful than other churches, study finds

The Church has the highest retention rate of any denomination, but the lowest rate of conversions English and Welsh Catholicism in 2016 is a religion mainly of…

Read more

14 Sep 2016 Articles News Comments (2)

JESUS RETURNS: A sequel to 'The Passion of the Christ' confirmed

Mel Gibson has confirmed a sequel to 'The Passion of the Christ' is coming. In an interview with evangelist Greg Laurie at SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium, Gi…

Read more

02 Sep 2014 Vatican Comments (2)

Christian identity comes from Holy Spirit, not 'theology degrees'

Vatican City, Sep 2, 2014 / 09:04 am .- A Christian earns his ability to speak with authority from the Holy Spirit, not from a theology degree, Pope Francis sai…

Read more

20 Oct 2015 Europe News No comments

The international community must protect the dignity of migrants, says Vatican official

Fr Gabriele Bentoglio spoke at the Eighth Global Forum on Migration and Development in Istanbul last week The international community must help protect the h…

Read more

26 May 2016 Vatican No comments

Key passages in Amoris Laetitia recycle article by Argentine ‘ghostwriter’, claims blogger

Controversial passages of the exhortation follow previous writings by Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández New questions have been raised about Pope Francis’s ap…

Read more

24 Aug 2016 Americas Europe News USA Vatican No comments

Two British pilgrims rescued after getting lost on the Camino de Santiago

The pair spent five days in the open and drank from ditches and animal troughs when their food and water ran out Two British pilgrims had to be rescued last we…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Mary Whitehouse was right about morality, says barrister who fought against her

Jeremy Hutchinson said Whitehouse has been ‘vindicated by history’

Mary Whitehouse was right to pursue her campaign against obscenity, one of her former opponents has said.

Jeremy Hutchinson – the barrister who argued the defence’s case in Whitehouse’s private prosecution against the play The Romans in Britain for indecency – commented to The Times that the socially conservative campaigner has been proved right about her fears of “moral loosening" in the UK.

Referring to the rise of social media, Lord Hutchinson, 101, told The Times: “It was a personally reasonable view that perhaps morals have become a bit too loose with exposure to pornography and violence and computer games. I think in many areas they probably have, but the genie is out of the bottle."

Whitehouse, who died in 2001, was renowned for her Clean Up TV Campaign which sought to raise the moral standards of television shows. In 1982, she pursued a private prosecution against The Romans in Britain director Michael Bogdanov which was showing at the National Theatre. Lord Hutchinson led the defence team, and after cross-examining a witness caused the collapse of the trial on the third day, reducing the courtroom to laughter.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Lord Hutchinson’s biographer, Thomas Grant, told the audience that Lord Hutchinson had a “great respect" for Whitehouse and believed that she had been “vindicated to some extent by history".


Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories