Monthly Archives: July 2014

“War is not the answer”: Cardinal Vincent Nichols calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, said today: Faced with the increasing violence that is engulfing the people of Gaza, my thoughts and prayers, and those of the Catholic community, are constantly with all those who have lost loved … Continue reading

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Strasbourg rules again: no human right to same-sex marriage

There is no human right to a same-sex marriage, human rights law does not require countries to “grant access to marriage to same-sex couples”, and the state acts lawfully in seeking to defend the traditional understanding of marriage as between … Continue reading

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Vatican at UN warns of ‘contagion of violence’ in Gaza

Statement by H.E. Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva at the 21st Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the … Continue reading

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Baroness Campbell’s speech on assisted suicide

The following speech was made in today’s debate in the House of Lords on the Assisted Dying Bill 2013-2014 by Baroness Campbell of Surbiton: My Lords, I have fought for autonomy the whole of my life. I have fought for … Continue reading

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Lord Brennan’s speech on assisted suicide

The following speech was made in today’s debate in the House of Lords on the Assisted Dying Bill 2013-2014 by Lord Brennan: My Lords, to make it lawful for doctors to assist people to commit suicide is a profound step. … Continue reading

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Baroness O’Cathain’s speech on assisted suicide

The following speech was made in today’s debate in the House of Lords on the Assisted Dying Bill 2013-2014 by Baroness O’Cathain: My Lords, I believe that a great strength of this House whenever we look at a Bill—we have … Continue reading

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Lord MacKenzie’s speech on assisted suicide

The following speech was made in today’s debate in the House of Lords on the Assisted Dying Bill 2013-2014 by Lord MacKenzie of Culkein: My Lords, I am sorry that I am unable to support the Bill in the name … Continue reading

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Baroness Finlay’s speech in the assisted suicide debate

The following speech was made in today’s debate in the House of Lords on the Assisted Dying Bill 2013-2014 by Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: My Lords, like many others, particularly doctors who will be expected to be involved in assisting … Continue reading

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John Sentamu’s speech in assisted suicide debate

The following speech was made in today’s debate in the House of Lords on the Assisted Dying Bill 2013-2014 by John Sentamu, Anglican Archbishop of York: My Lords, let me state at the outset that the official Church of England … Continue reading

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Assisted suicide: the red flags from abroad

It is hardly surprising that in dismissing the reality of how some slopes truly are slippery, Polly Toynbee this week in the Guardian looked to the U.S. state of Oregon’s experience of assisted suicide to prove her point, asking skeptically, “How often will it be used? After 17 … Continue reading

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