Sunday 23 September 2012

Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy

Amidst the terrible tragedy of the murder of  PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone it is noticeable that The Church of England is to the fore in assisting people to represent their grief.  The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Mark Davies, has also been offering prayers for the deceased and their families this morning. At such times it seems that the Christian Faith is still the general context to which people revert in times of need - despite our increasingly secular and often anti-Christian society. What is also noticeable, is that Greater Manchester's Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy has been quite openly speaking of his own faith and the importance of prayer - including praying for the dead officers themselves.  I'm told that he is a devout Catholic but it's rare to see public figures speaking so openly about their faith and being so at ease in expressing it.  Read further here.

He says:

"I think a lot of us feel passionately that policing is a vocation. It is a calling."
"I feel that in terms of my own faith but I know a lot of officers that don't have a faith, but feel exactly the same.
"You do often feel so helpless, so praying for the dead officers, praying for their families, becomes your own reaction, your own expression of hope really for them, at a time of great need."

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