Author: JohnTabor

Jim Dobbin MP RIP

Jim Dobbin, Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton in Greater Manchester since 1997, and a Vice-President of the Catholic Union, died on Sunday 7th September during a visit to Poland. As a member of the Council of Europe. he had travelled there on Friday, together with former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott and fellow Labour MP Alan […]

Guidelines for Hospital Chaplaincies – a response from the Catholic Union

Following the recent announcement of proposals for guidelines across the NHS in England & Wales, regarding the role and status of hospital chaplains, CU Chairman Robert Rigby has written to the Health Secretary, below: Catholic Union Letter to Secretary of State for Heath Aug 14 Readers may also be interested in the enclosed article from […]

A North Yorkshire Interlude – the Catholic Union Summer Gathering 2014

The Summer Gathering this year took place at Ampleforth Abbey in Yorkshire.  Here, Robert RIgby, Chairman of the CU and an Old Amplefordian, shares his reflections on the weekend: This year’s Catholic Union summer gathering took place at Ampleforth from Friday 25 – Sunday 27 July 2014. It was attended by some 25 Catholic Union […]

The Falconer Bill – a Spectator’s View from Parliament Square

On Friday 18th July, CU member Michael Straiton joined the large group massed outside the Houses of Parliament, which was following the progress of the Falconer Bill on Assisted Dying, being debated in the House of Lords that day.  Below he shares some reflections: Following our debate at the PPAC on Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying […]

Summary Proceedings of the Parliamentary and Public Affairs Committee June 2014

Announcements The Vice Chairman (standing in for the Chairman who was absent), asked whether the Committee’s discussions were effective outside its immediate environs. There has been an increase in coverage of the Catholic Union in the Catholic press, but none in the secular press. It was suggested that there should be a group of doctors […]

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