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October 24, 2021
The pro-life movement must be prepared for a protracted struggle as consciences become dulled by the “culture of death”, the Bishop of Shrewsbury has said. In a homily at a Mass for the National Pro-Life Pilgrimage to Walsingham, Norfolk, the Rt Rev. Mark Davies said that the relentless advance of the “culture of death” meant
October 21, 2021
Catholic, Anglican and Jewish leaders have united to express their “profound disquiet” at a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. They said the Assisted Dying Bill of crossbench peer Baroness Meacher would put vulnerable people at greater risk of abuse. The intervention of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales;
October 21, 2021
Freedom of speech under threat as pro-life student groups and others routinely criticised
October 16, 2021
Cardinal Vincent Nicholas has led tributes to Sir David Amess, a Catholic MP murdered at his constituency surgery in Essex in a suspected terrorist attack. The Conservative MP for Southend West was knifed about a dozen times by a man who sprinted into Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea shortly after 12 noon on Friday. Police
October 14, 2021
A high-profile Anglican bishop has joined the Catholic Church in what has been described as “one of the most politically significant conversions for a very long time”. The reception of Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican Bishop of Rochester, represents the third English episcopal move to Rome this year and the fourth in the last two
October 10, 2021
The Prime Minister will not support a controversial Bill to legalise assisted suicide, according to Downing Street sources. Boris Johnson reviewed arguments for and against the Assisted Dying Bill of Baroness Meacher during his summer break and decided that he would not back a change in the law to allow doctors to assist in the
October 07, 2021
More than 200,000 people will die by euthanasia or assisted suicide within five years of a change in the law, a Catholic MP has predicted. Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Sir Edward Leigh, the MP for Gainsborough, said a law on “assisted dying” would follow the same trajectory
October 06, 2021
A bombshell report which claimed French priests, and teachers and lay workers sexually abused a third of a million children since 1950 represented a “moment of shame” for the Catholic Church, the Pope has said. At his weekly general audience, Pope Francis told French pilgrims that he wished “to express to the victims my sadness
October 04, 2021
A bombshell report will tomorrow reveal that more than 3,000 paedophiles have operated in the French Catholic Church over the last 70 years. On the eve of the publication of a 2,500-page dossier on the findings of a four-year inquiry into clerical abuse, Jean-Marc Sauvé (pictured), the chief of the investigating commission said the numbers
September 30, 2021
Transsexual women are presenting themselves as men to infiltrate Catholic seminaries, a US bishop has said. Bishops should now order physical examinations or DNA tests for candidates for the priesthood, Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee advised members of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in a memo. He said that on more than one occasion
September 26, 2021
A university has performed a U-turn on its decision to “cancel” a Catholic chaplain after he tweeted against abortion and assisted suicide. The University of Nottingham has announced that it will now allow Fr David Palmer to serve Catholic students on campus “with immediate effect”. During the summer it refused to recognise his appointment by
September 23, 2021
The High Court has thrown out a landmark challenge to the law that permits abortion up to birth of disabled children. The case was brought by Heidi Crowter, 26, who has Down’s syndrome, and Máire Lea-Wilson, 33, the mother of a toddler with the condition. They argued that the 1967 Abortion Act was discriminatory because
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