21 August 2015 | by Maureen Duggan MD FRCPCH Sheffield

Why are the Kenyan bishops being so difficult about vaccine campaigns?

The Kenyan Bishops’ Conference and the Kenyan Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA) have alleged that immunisation is being used as a cloak for covert contraception. This is their second foray into primary health care; in late 2014 they warned women against tetanus vaccination, followed in July 2015 by a boycott of oral polio vaccination (OPV) of children.

18 August 2015 | by Ayesha Vardag

Better a prenup than a fearful avoidance of marriage

Years ago, as a practising Roman Catholic and a lawyer, I spoke to a canon lawyer about qualifying into his field. He told me I would contribute more by bringing the principles of my faith to mainstream law.

14 August 2015 | by Rachael Jones

What happened when we held our own synod

October will mark the second anniversary of the Vatican issuing its unprecedented questionnaire asking Catholics their view about the family. It explored issues such as marriage preparation, marriage, marital breakdown and remarriage, and other relationships.

14 August 2015 | by Barbara Kentish

Migrants are not defined by politicians’ rhetoric

Ann Dummett, a Catholic academic and a member of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, tellingly entitled one chapter of her 1973 book, A Portrait of English Racism, “What I say three times is true.”

The London School of Economics’ recent study of the kinds of social activities that help to overcome depression has shown up religion observance as the only activity to make a positive difference to mental wellbeing over time, outranking voluntary work and joining political parties, sport and social clubs.

According to the Bishops of England and Wales, in 1979, “Homosexuals have the same need for the Sacraments as heterosexuals ... and the same right to receive the Sacraments.” Twenty years later a monthly Mass welcoming LGBT Catholics, families and friends began in London.

The policy positions outlined by Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn seem to have much in common with the recent utterances of Pope Francis and the social teachings of the Church.

Where do Pope Francis’ remarks today on the divorced and remarried leave the debate?

04 August 2015 | by Arthur McCaffrey

Francis and the Americans – what's happening?

US media has been all agog about the latest Gallup Poll numbers alleging that Pope Francis' popularity has waned in America, just prior to his historic visit to Congress and the White House in late September. Is this just a storm in a teacup, or is the fuss justified?

In 2015, UN member bodies will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One “goal” that is already attracting controversy, especially among religious groups, is SDG 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.


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