The Catholic Union has appointed Nigel Parker as Director of the Catholic Union of Great Britain and the Catholic Union Charitable Trust. This is a new part-time position which is designed to increase the impact and effectiveness of the work of the Catholic Union and to enhance its relationships with Parliamentarians and others providing a Catholic voice in public affairs and working for the common good.
The Catholic Union has issued the following response to the UK government's decision not to implement the Dub Amendment and take in 3,000 child refugees: 'The Catholic Union regards the government's change in policy on child refugees with dismay. The argument that the policy should be dropped because it is a 'draw' for refugees is profoundly disheartening. If that argument were to be taken to its logical conclusion we would never assist anyone in trouble.
'What the Commission is proposing is a less safe version of the highly controversial law operating in the state of Oregon in the United States of America, which sees the terminally ill offered drugs to kill themselves, but not expensive life saving and life extending drugs. The ‘proposed safeguards’ are paper-thin and have already been rejected three times in the last six
Regrettably, the media seems to be up to their old tricks and this time L'Osservatore Romano seems to be among them, even going so far as to break the embargo and publish mistranslated extracts on 20 November, three days before the book, Light of the World, was due out, thereby virtually ensuring that a misrepresentation of the Pope's words was what hit the world's headlines.
As the UK general election approaches, many Catholic organisations have drawn up reflections and briefings for people to consider, before they cast their vote. Links to a few of these are listed below:
Recent news reports and an article have suggested that his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI might be arrested on his forthcoming state visit to Britain at the invitation of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and indicted at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for (unspecified) 'crimes against humanity'. The Catholic Union and Thomas More Legal Centre have issued the following statement in response.