The Catholic Union’s annual Craigmyle Lecture was delivered this year by the Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan CBE with the title “Music, Faith and Politics”. This year’s lecture on 24 November was delivered via video conference on account of coronavirus restrictions, with Sir James addressing Catholic Union members and supporters from his home in […]
Following the publication of the Government’s Spending Review on 25 November, the Catholic Union has issued the following response. Catholic Union Director, Nigel Parker, comments: “This year’s Spending Review has revealed the scale of the economic shock caused by coronavirus. “The combination of a public health emergency and an economic emergency is having […]
On 23 November, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, confirmed that churches in England will be able to open for worship from 3 December. The decision follows a joint call from over 70 MPs and peers to lift the ban on religious services.
A cross party group of over 70 MPs and peers has called on the Prime Minister to guarantee that church services will go ahead this Christmas. In a letter to Boris Johnson, they call for churches in England to be open for worship as soon as possible, and at least in time for Christmas. […]
The Catholic Union AGM will be held on Thursday 19 November at 6.30pm. Before the onset of Covid-19, we had been granted the privilege of holding this year’s AGM in the Throne Room of Archbishop’s House, Westminster, in honour of our 150th anniversary. The AGM will now be held online on Zoom (slightly earlier than previously advertised) because […]
A transcript of Sir James’s talk can be found here: CRAIGMYLE-LECTURE-2020 The Catholic Union Charitable Trust is honoured to announce that the Craigmyle Lecture 2020 will be given by Sir James MacMillan CBE on Tuesday 24 November at 7pm on the subject of “Music, Faith and Politics”. Sir James MacMillan is the pre-eminent Scottish […]
The President of the Catholic Union, the Rt Hon Sir Edward Leigh MP has written to the Prime Minister today calling on the Government to publish the evidence and scientific advice that led to the decision to close places of worship for services. He says that “without such evidence, banning communal worship is a clearly […]
Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on 31 October that church services will not be able to take place in England from 5 November – 2 December, the Catholic Union has issued the following statement.
The Catholic Union arranged a meeting with Charities Minister, Baroness Barran, to call for extra support for charities during the coronavirus pandemic. Catholic Union Director, Nigel Parker, and Head of Public Affairs, James Somerville-Meikle, were joined by representatives of the Caritas Social Action Network and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for a […]
The Catholic Union has called on the Government to avoid “diluting the concept of human rights” as part of a consultation on the UK’s international policy. In a submission to the Government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, the Catholic Union calls for a focus on upholding fundamental human rights at […]