Monthly Archives: July 2014

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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Why bishops oppose Falconer’s assisted suicide bill

It has certainly not helped the case against assisted suicide that two prominent retired Anglican clergymen, Lord Carey and Desmond Tutu, have both come out in favour ahead of Friday’s second reading of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill. Their interventions have … Continue reading

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Catholic bishops respond to Anglican decision to ordain women as bishops

The following statement was issued today on behalf of the Conference of Catholic bishops of England and Wales (CBCEW) by the chairman of its Department for Dialogue and Unity, Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham. The Catholic Church remains fully committed to its … Continue reading

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Did Francis really say that 2% of priests are paedophiles?

La Reppublica on Sunday published another ‘interview’ with Pope Francis by its 90-year-old atheist founder, Eugenio Scalfari, which has set the news media humming with three apparently remarkable claims: that one in 50 priests — that would make 8,000 members of the … Continue reading

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Vatican reform leaps ahead with overhaul of bank and media

A new president of the so-called Vatican Bank, the IOR, and the appointment of Christopher Lord Patten, chancellor of Oxford University, to head a new committee overseeing reforms to media, were among the announcements made yesterday by Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the … Continue reading

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