The Principal of St Mary's University College, in south-west London, has dropped his legal action against a Catholic journalist who said she was prepared to go to prison rather than comply with a High Court order to name a source, reports The Tablet.
Professor Philip Esler announced on Wednesday that he would take no further action against Josephine Siedlecka, owner of the Independent Catholic News (ICN) website. A number of senior church figures had contacted Professor Esler about the action.
In a statement, Professor Esler said that he had instructed his solicitors to take no further action against Ms Siedlecka because continuing with it threatened to cause "reputational damage" to St Mary's.
"I have reached the view that any further action I take (especially given my position as principal) to vindicate my position, although fully justified and in fact vindicated by the High Court order this week, will only further increase the risk of damage to the University College," he said.
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