Category: Parliamentary Affairs

“Freedom of expression for believers is under threat” warns Catholic Union

The Catholic Union has warned that freedom of expression is under threat from an increasing failure to accept the legitimacy of different views in society.   It follows the Catholic Union submitting evidence to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) on a wide range of matters concerning freedom of expression.   The […]

Catholic Union warns against undermining freedom of expression

The Catholic Union has warned against making any changes to hate crime legislation that risk undermining freedom of expression.   In response to a Law Commission consultation on potential changes to hate crime laws, the Catholic Union said that “protection of the individual citizen against the weaponization of the criminal law is one of the […]

Catholic Union warns lockdowns risk fundamental rights

The Catholic Union has warned about disproportionate interference with people’s freedom of religion or belief during lockdowns imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.   In evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR), the Catholic Union states that the Government was slow to reopen churches after the first national lockdown. It also highlights the lack […]

Catholic Union calls for evidence on Scottish church closures UPDATED

The Catholic Union has called on the Scottish Government to publish evidence for its decision to close places of worship again.   In a letter to Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, the Catholic Union said it was extremely concerned about the decision to close churches for private prayer and worship as part of new […]

Keep ideology out of human rights, warns Catholic Union

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 […]

Catholics unite to call for enhanced Gift Aid scheme UPDATED

The Catholic Union, Caritas Social Action Network, and Catholic Bishops in England and Wales have joined forces to call for a higher rate of Gift Aid to be introduced in response to coronavirus. In their letter to the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, the Catholic groups highlight the “perfect storm” faced by many charities at this […]

Catholics call for answers on rough sleeping plan

The Catholic Union and church groups in London have warned of a rough sleeping crisis, unless the Government acts soon. Around 15,000 people across the country have been housed by local authorities since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This has been made possible by extra funding from the Government to provide accommodation for rough […]

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