Author Archives: Nigel Parker

Craigmyle Lecture – 10 October 2019

Thursday 10 October at 6.30pm – The Craigmyle Lecture

“Catholic Social Thought and the Economics of the Common Good”.

This year’s Craigmyle Lecture will be given by Lord Maurice Glasman, the Labour peer, political theorist and best known as a founder of “Blue Labour”. All welcome.

Followed by a Drinks Reception.

Venue: Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG.

 

 

 

Summer Gathering 2019

30 members of the Catholic Union attended the annual Summer Gathering held this year at the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst, Lancashire (our first return visit there since 1991).  Members enjoyed a tour of the Stonyhurst Collection of Treasures including relics of St Thomas More (our patron) and those of a modern martyr St Oscar Romero, not to mention a Shakespeare First Folio.  We also had an illustrated talk from former President Lord Alton about the Christian Heritage Centre (a former corn mill and now a well appointed retreat and conference centre) and a talk from our current President Sir Edward Leigh which touched on Brexit, Relationships and Sex Education, Divorce law, Abortion centre “buffer zones” and Catholic schools.  Many of those attending stayed overnight in the Christian Heritage Centre and enjoyed dinner together in a nearby pub.  On the following day, some walked the “Tolkien Trail” while others visited the nearby Marian shrine of Ladyewell at Fernyhalgh.

It was an enjoyable and uplifting weekend spiritually and socially.  In 2020 which is “sesquicentennial” of the Catholic Union (150th anniversary), we will likely be returning to London for our Summer Gathering (venue to be confirmed).

 

Pope Francis and his Vision for the Church – 25 October 2019

The Catholic Union Charitable Trust and Farm Street Church will host a talk by Fr James Hanvey SJ on:

“Pope Francis and his Vision of the Church” 

on Friday 25 October 2019 at 7pm in the Church Hall, Farm St Church (Church of the Immaculate Conception), 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH.  Mass in the Church is at 6pm.

Free entry.  All welcome. Followed by a Drinks Reception.

 

 

 

Report on Patrick Grady MP’s talk to the Catholic Union – 12 June 2019

Patrick Grady MP, Chief Whip of the SNP, gave an excellent talk to around 50 members of the Catholic Union and others in Parliament on Wednesday 12 June on the topic of “Catholicism and Public Life in Scotland”.  A full report of the evening is available courtesy of Independent Catholic News (ICN) at this link: https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/37298

Submission to Parliament on Abortion in Northern Ireland

This submission to Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee opposing the Westminster Parliament legislating on abortion for Northern Ireland was made on 8 December 2018 but was not published at that time due to the rules of the Committee.  The Committee’s Report has now issued and is on Parliament’s website (www.parliament.uk).  The Report contains within it a “minority report” proposed by Eddie Hughes MP which reflects some of the views in our submission.

Abortion in NI Submission to WEC

Talk by Patrick Grady MP on Wednesday 12 June at 6.45pm

 

A full report on this talk is available courtesy of Independent Catholic News at https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/37298

The Catholic Union Charitable Trust has organised a talk by Patrick Grady MP on Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 6.45pm in Committee Room 6 in the House of Commons.

The title of the talk is “Catholicism and Public Life in Scotland

Patrick Grady is the Chief Whip of the Scottish National Party and was elected MP for Glasgow North in 2015.  Between 2011 and 2015 he worked as Advocacy Manager at the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund.

Members of the Catholic Union are also invited to attend Holy Mass in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at 6pm by kind invitation of the Catholic chaplain, Canon Pat Browne.  The chapel is located in the south west corner of Westminster Hall.

The Committee Room holds only 65 people.  Please register to attend with the CUCT office on 020 8749 1321 or at info@cuct.org.

 

 

 

Summer Gathering on 29 June 2019 at CHC Stonyhurst – Full details

Please see all the details about the 2019 Summer Gathering and the booking form in the link below.   We look forward to welcoming you to the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PZ on Saturday 29 June. Perhaps you will be able to stay overnight in one of the attractive en suite rooms and explore the Tolkien Trail the next day!

Summer Gathering 2019

Photos of Theodore House are on this site: https://photos.app.goo.gl/qZEZdcFCyUmdrXwb7

Any questions?  Please email director@catholicunion.org.uk.

Frank Steiner RIP

Older members may remember Frank Steiner KSG, a former Chairman of the Parliamentary and Public Affairs Committee (PPAC) who died peacefully on 24 February 2019 at the age of 96.  According to his obituary in The Guardian, he was a Catholic from a Jewish family and a refugee from Austria who came to Britain on the Kindertransport in 1938.  He joined the PPAC in 1982 and was its Chairman for many years.  The PPAC remembered him at its meeting on 5 March.  Our sympathy and prayers go to his family.  May he rest in peace.