Church leaders: Reform has become political football

People must not become “political pawns” in the debate over welfare reform, the leader of the Catholic church has said.

Archbishop Eamon Martin was speaking after leaders of the four main churches met with Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey at Stormont on Monday.

Archbishop Martin said the church leaders were “speaking for the voiceless in society”.

He said that welfare reform had become a “political football”.

The churchmen who attended the meeting included:
Dr Eamon Martin – Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
Dr Michael Barry – Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
Rev Peter Murray – President of the Methodist Church in Ireland
Rev George Davison – Archdeacon of Belfast, representing the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland

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