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Catholic Union Briefing: LGBT Conversion Therapy Consultation

On 29 October, Elizabeth Truss MP launched the Banning Conversion Therapy Government Consultation. The consultation, which will close at 23:45 on 10 December 2021, seeks views on a package of proposed measures that will apply to England and Wales. Responses to the consultation can be submitted online. The list of questions is available to view […]

COP26 Round-Up

  After two weeks of intensive COP26 negotiations, talks surrounding the final text of the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’ continued beyond the deadline. As the meeting went into its final hours, COP26 President Alok Sharma MP pleaded with delegates to agree on a second draft text. However, there was clear opposition from countries such as India and China on language […]

Draft Online Safety Bill: Additional Notes on Freedom of Expression & Delegated Powers

The Draft Online Safety Bill proposes to confer various powers on the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and OFCOM to regulate aspects of the online environment. These additional notes will provide an overview of some of these powers and the relevant parliamentary procedures that accompany them. The document also highlights the […]

Catholic Union AGM 2021

The 2021 AGM on 28 October was a successful and enjoyable occasion held in the beautiful surroundings of the Throne Room at Archbishop’s House, Westminster. This was a privilege kindly granted by Cardinal Vincent Nichols to mark the Catholic Union’s 150th anniversary. The AGM heard addresses from Sir Edward Leigh MP (President), David O’Mahony (Chairman), Richard […]

Pact Responds to New Report on Maternal Imprisonment

An important new report was published this week, Crest Advisory’s ‘Counting the Cost of Maternal Imprisonment’. In response to the report, Pact’s CEO Andy Keen-Downs said, ‘The long-lasting emotional trauma of maternal separation is well-evidenced but frequently overlooked within the justice system in England and Wales. The disruption and restrictions on prison regimes of the […]

Prisons Week Update from Pact

The Prisons Advice and Care Trust (Pact) is the major Catholic charity supporting prisoners and their families. Cardinal Vincent Nichols is Pact’s president and Bishop Richard Moth also works closely with the charity in his role as Liaison Bishop for Prisons. Earlier this year, Pact commissioned a new report: Preventing Homelessness Amongst Former Prisoners in England and Wales. […]

Catholic Union Secretary Writes in Support of Catholic Journalism.

Our Secretary, Michael Pritchett, has written in the Catholic Herald this month about the need to support the Catholic press in this country:   Sir: Further to your Leader in the August issue, “Why Catholic Journalism Matters”, the Catholic Union of Great Britain – representing the lay Catholic community since 1870 – writes to support your […]

Catholic Leaders Respond to Situation in Afghanistan

  After 20 years of fighting, the Taliban are once again in control of Afghanistan. Church leaders and organisations have issued various statements in response to the crisis throughout the week. A compilation of these, alongside a selection of recent news articles, can be found below.   Note: The ‘Vatican’ section of this list was […]