Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has accused regulators of “encouraging abortions” by allowing private clinics to attract business through TV and radio advertisements.
Twomidwives who lost a legal bid challenging a health board’s decision that they were not entitled to refuse to delegate, supervise or support staff involved in abortion procedures have launched an appeal against the decision.
Northern Ireland’s Catholic bishops urged Massgoers to support candidates opposed to legalising abortion in elections to the region’s power-sharing assembly on 5th May. In a wide-ranging pastoral statement ahead of the polls, the bishops also urged Catholics to lobby lawmakers about issues as diverse as climate change and the right of Church-run organisations to receive […]
Midwives have reacted with fury after the chief executive of their union reportedly backed a campaign to scrap the abortion time limit without consulting its members. Royal College of Midwives (RCM) chief executive Cathy Warwick also holds a top position at a charity advocating the law change and has been told by MPs to consider […]
Catholic charities are having to do more with less money as local government cuts have seen other agencies retreat from deprived areas, according to a major new study. Such organisations are also having to battle decline in numbers of volunteers, suspicion of faith-based charities, and dealing with the aftermath of the sex abuse scandal. Yet […]
The Bishop of Nottingham, the Rev Malcolm McMahon, has expressed dismay over a Foreign Office document which mocks the teachings of the Catholic Church on abortion, homosexuality and contraception.
Aggressive secularism is threatening religious freedom in Ireland and across Europe, a conference in Dublin was told by a panel of speakers which included an Oxford professor and an English barrister.
The president of the Philippine bishops’ conference has said the Church is open to dialogue with President Benigno Aquino III about his proposal to distribute contraceptives but added that the plan could be considered an “accessory” to abortion.
Ahead of the Pope’s visit to Spain, the Church there has warned that Down Syndrome babies are becoming less common as more parents are choosing to abort their children when prenatal tests indicate the condition.
Archbishop Joseph Tobin, the Secretary of the Congregation for Religious, has indicated that US women religious who are currently undergoing an investigation by the Vatican have little reason to fear the results of the visitation.
A hospital has backed down from trying to force a pair of Catholic nurses to participate in abortions after they invoked equality laws against the NHS, says Simon Caldwell.
Cardinal Seán Brady has reiterated the Church's position on the inviolability of the seal of confession and warned that any efforts to undermine it were "a challenge" to freedom of religion and conscience.
Earlier this morning, in response to an article in today's Daily Mail, I tweeted that Tessa Jowell MP was supporting a report that had called for the over 60s to be "taxed out of their homes" in order to free up the property market. Here's her response:
Pope Benedict is reported to have arthrosis and, for this reason, asked to use the mobile platform once used by John Paul II in the last years of his life, writes Rome correspondent Gerry O'Connell.
France's Catholic Church is becoming increasingly dependent on African priests to maintain its parishes, with clergy from the continent now making up half the foreign priests working in the country, according to a new data.