Category: Religious Freedom

Catholic Union presses Minister on religious freedom commitments

The Catholic Union has called on the Government to promote freedom of religion or belief around the world in a meeting with the Minister of State in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The Catholic Union secured the meeting with the Minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, on Wednesday 1 June to discuss progress made in […]

Catholic Union welcomes new guidance on the Last Rites

The Catholic Union has welcomed new guidance for police officers which recognises the importance of allowing victims of crime to have access to priests and family members.   The new guidance from the College of Policing recognises the importance of priests being able to administer the Last Rites to people at crimes scenes in cases […]

Catholic Union calls on Foreign Secretary to uphold FoRB commitments

The Catholic Union has called on Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, to implement the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s report into Christian persecution. Implementing the 22 recommendations of the report is a manifesto commitment for the Government and something that Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has given a personal assurance will be delivered in this Parliament. […]

Peers debate right for priests to administer Last Rites

On Monday 22 November, the House of Lords debated an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill on ministers of religion having access to crime scenes.   The amendment was tabled by Conservative peer, and former Lords Leader, Baroness Stowell of Beeston (pictured), and Crossbench peer, Baroness Masham of Illton, following the […]

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 calls on Gove to deliver for faith groups

The Catholic Union has warned that work on faith engagement risks being “side-lined” under a new department headed up by Michael Gove.   As part of Boris Johnson’s recent reshuffle, Mr Gove was appointed Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – the department previously known as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and […]

Catholic Union Briefing: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill

In May 2021, the Government introduced the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill to Parliament. The purpose of the Bill is to make provision in relation to freedom of speech and academic freedom in higher education institutions and in students’ unions; and for connected purposes. Read the Catholic Union’s briefing note on the Bill here: […]

“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 […]

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