Parliamentary Affairs

Summary of the Parliamentary and Public Affairs Committee 14th January 2014

Chairman’s Announcements David O’Mahony, a CU Council Member, was suggested as a prospective member of the Committee. Synod Questionnaire on Family Life Elizabeth Davis, Marriage and Family Life Project Officer of the Bishops’ Conference, gave a presentation on the Synod Questionnaire. It was not a survey but a consultation on experience. The online...Read More »

Summary of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee 17th December 2013

Chairman’s Announcements Mrs Josephine Robinson, a former Chairman (sic) of the Association of Catholic Women was elected to the Committee. Correspondence A letter had been written to the Prime Minister and the Dept. of Health regarding the proposal to allow the production of embryos with two mothers and one father (hoping to prevent...Read More »

Summary of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee 19th November 2013

Chairman’s Announcements Mrs Josephine Robinson, a former Chairman (sic) of the Association of Catholic Women was elected to the Committee. Correspondence The Chairman had written to Princess Frankopan, a onetime Vatican adviser following the demise of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), as a result of the  the Neuberger Report.  He suggested that the...Read More »

Summary of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee 22nd October 2013

Chairman’s Announcements The Committee for 2013-2014 was announced.  The Officers of the Committee remain as before, although Angela Gracey has retired and Rosalind Bearcroft, together with Stuart Sexton, is vice chair.  There are presently three vacancies and names were sought to fill these. Lord Falconer is now in the Shadow Cabinet so...Read More »

Summary of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee Meeting 16th July 2013

Chairman’s Announcements An outline report was given of a meeting held in late June between the Catholic Union, represented by Robert Rigby and John Barrie and the Bishops’ Conference, represented by Mgr Marcus Stock and Charles Wookey. During the course of the meeting, it was suggested that the Catholic Union should...Read More »

Summary of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee, 18th June 2013

Chairman’s Announcements The Chairman congratulated Sir Edward Leigh MP, upon his Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours earlier in the month. He also mentioned that he had been advised of the names of three Catholic MPs, Paul Maynard, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Sarah Teather whom it would be helpful to invite to...Read More »

Summary of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee, 14th May 2013

Chairman’s Announcements The 3rd Reading of the Same Sex Marriage is taking place on 20th May with an accompanying prayer vigil outside. Reference was made to Fiona Bruce’s Private Member’s Bill concerning mental capacity – topical in light of the Liverpool Care Pathway and related issues. Presentation on the Catholic Legislators’ Network Robert Flellow...Read More »

Summary of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee, 12th February 2013

General point The Chairman drew the Committee’s attention to a book recently published by Edward Leigh MP “Monastery of the Mind”, in which he describes a summer-long journey around sites connected with the life of St Ignatius Loyola, and his own later experience of undertaking the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Correspondence The Chairman had...Read More »

Summary of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee, 15th January 2013

The Chairman reported on correspondence received between Edward Leigh MP and the Health Minister, Norman Lamb MP regarding the Liverpool Care Pathway in particular raising concerns about its application and practice. It is understood that a number of charities and supposedly the majority of medical professionals think that the Pathway...Read More »

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