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THE LEADER of the ordinariate has lamented the lack of growth of the group, set up in 2011 to allow former Anglicans to enter communion with the Catholic Church, writes James Macintyre.
Permission to ordain married men should be widened, according to three bishops of England and Wales who have spoken out following reports that Pope Francis would like episcopal conferences to put forward suggestions for reform.
the LONG-awaited announcement of a new Bishop of Brentwood was made this week with the surprise appointment of a Marist priest who is currently the director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, writes Christopher Lamb.
Prime Minister David Cameron has placed his authority behind what appears to be a Downing Street strategy to restore good relations with the Catholic Church following the public row with Cardinal Vincent Nichols over the impact of government welfare reforms.
THE LONG-STANDING director of music at St Marie’s Cathedral in Sheffield has been made redundant as the cathedral struggles to pay back a debt of more than £1 million, writes James Macintyre.
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has faced down criticism of its refusal to release the findings of a marriage and family survey by revealing it had been requested to keep the results secret by a Vatican cardinal.
A BRITISH academic has been appointed by Pope Francis as the next president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, writes Christopher Lamb.
A PASSION PLAY in Oxford has been cancelled after a bureaucratic misunderstanding involving the local police and council, writes James Macintyre.
A Vatican conference on human trafficking will help establish an international hub in London to help combat the crime, according to the commissioner for the Metropolitan Police.
Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into sexual misconduct in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh following the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien, writes Brian Morton.
A CATHOLIC primary school dominated by Muslim pupils is to become a Church of England academy, in the first switch of this kind.
Church EDUCATIONISTS and Catholic teachers have expressed concerns over pupils playing violent adult-rated computer games at home while parents are left ignorant about their children’s activities, writes James Macintyre.
An iconic church in the Diocese of Lancaster has been handed to the traditionalist Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.
Frustration over the plight of censured priest Fr Tony Flannery appears to be mounting within his Redemptorist order, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
A community project run by the Archdiocese of Cardiff at a former Congregational chapel in the city has received an £80,000 development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, writes James Macintyre.
The BISHOPS’ Conference of England and Wales has told Catholic parliamentarians that they will not be refused Communion if they voted in favour of same-sex marriage.
ALL 35 Catholic schools in the counties of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset are set to become academies under plans by the Diocese of Plymouth, writes James Macintyre.
A CATHOLIC bishop has warned that government policies are leaving victims of trafficking vulnerable to abuse, writes Liz Dodd.
Campaigners against sexual abuse have expressed grave concerns as a leading figure in Catholic education was given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to downloading more than 5,000 indecent images of children, writes James Macintyre.
A FORMER altar boy who was sexually abused by a priest in the Archdiocese of Birmingham has launched a £300,000 compensation claim.
Pope Francis has appointed a former rector of the English College as an auxiliary bishop in Westminster.
THE?QUEEN was due to meet Pope Francis on Thursday, making him the fifth Pope she has met in her lifetime and the fourth as monarch, writes James Macintyre.
The decision to allow Britain’s last remaining Catholic adoption agency to retain its charitable status has been dismissed as “mistaken” by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), writes James Macintyre.
BELFAST CITY Council has voted to invite Pope Francis to visit the city. No member of the council voted against the decision to issue the formal invitation, with 30 votes in favour, writes James Macintyre.
The next Archbishop of Liverpool says he plans to “get the smell of the sheep” in his new diocese, quoting a phrase used by Pope Francis when he urged priests to be close to their people, writes Christopher Lamb.
CHURCH LEADERS and parliamentarians have expressed outrage at the revelation that more than 15,000 aborted and miscarried foetuses have been burned as “clinical waste” in hospitals, in some cases to provide heating and power.
The Archdiocese of Liverpool is blocking an attempt by an independent Catholic school in Crosby to become a free school, writes James Macintyre.
Catholic grant-making body has awarded almost £300,000 to a series of projects that work with the poor.
TRADITIONAL “Victorian” expectations of family life should give way to a much greater understanding of those with “patchwork” families or who live on their own, a leading Catholic theologian has said, writes James Macintyre.
THE PRIME MINISTER, David Cameron, has expressed his opposition to assisted suicide in advance of the issue being debated in Parliament, arguing that people who are terminally ill will feel unfairly pressurised into ending their lives, writes James Macintyre.
An ordinariate priest has admitted that he entered a civil partnership six years ago when he was a Church of England priest.
The Church has welcomed a £20 million government grant for cathedral repairs but warned that dioceses must apply quickly to avoid missing out, writes Liz Dodd.
THE BISHOP of Portsmouth has provoked criticism from Catholic MPs after saying that politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied Communion.
The Diocese of Leeds has cut £800,000 from its central expenditure and put a freeze on parish building projects in order to balance its books, writes Christopher Lamb.
A new Archbishop of Liverpool was due to be announced yesterday with the Bishop of Nottingham, Malcolm McMahon, understood to be in line for the post, writes Christopher Lamb.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has called for a “deep cultural change” in the business community, saying it must serve the common good and show more respect for human dignity, writes James Macintyre.
The Church’s safeguarding office is to be relocated from Birmingham into the headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales at Eccleston Square, central London.
The Church’s teaching on marriage and family life is disconnected from the real-life experience of many Irish Catholics, the country’s bishops have acknowledged.