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US judge rules in favour of Seal of Confession

A judge in the US state of Louisiana has ruled that a legal requirement that priests breach of the seal of confession if they hear about child abuse in the confessional is unconstitutional. The case before State District Judge Mike Caldwell arose as a result of an allegation in 2008 of molestation against Rebecca Mayeaux, who...

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Christian student expelled for biblical belief on traditional marriage

A Christian student in Britain who voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage on his Facebook page has been expelled from university. Felix Ngole was a student of social work at the University of Sheffield when he wrote on Facebook of his support for Kim Davies, the US clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue...

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Italy to recognise same-sex civil unions after adoption proposal dropped

Italian legislators have voted in favour of recognising same-sex civil unions. After inter-party wrangling which saw Prime Minister Matteo Renzi gain support for the proposed Cirinna Bill on the issue from the New Centre Right party when previous supporters M5S backed away, the vote in favour of civil unions passed by 173 votes to 71....

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Politicians must give more credit to Church schools says schools chief

A leading representative of Catholic primary schools in Ireland has accused politicians of hypocrisy for their criticisms of Church-run schools. Speaking to The Irish Catholic newspaper, Fr Tom Deenihan of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association (CPSMA) said that politicians routinely attack Catholic schools at a national level, but rarely in their own constituencies because...

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Difficult to see how Catholics can vote for pro-abortion candidates – Bishop Doran

Bishop Kevin Doran has questioned whether Catholics can in good conscience vote for candidates who back legalising abortion in Ireland. Speaking at a meeting in Sligo last night organised by the Iona Institute, the Bishop of Elphin delivered an address entitled ‘How should a Catholic think about politics?’, and stated : “I find it very difficult to...

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Brazil politicians work to strengthen pro-life laws in wake of Zika virus

Pro-life politicians in Brazil are working to draft legislation to strengthen defences for unborn children allegedly affected by the Zika virus, even as campaigners argue for wider abortion provision as an answer to its impact. The spread of Zika is being blamed by some for a rise in cases of infant microcephaly, which affects the full...

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No anointing of those seeking assisted suicide – Canadian Archbishop

A Canadian Archbishop has signalled that his priests will not anoint anyone seeking death by assisted suicide. According to Canadian Catholic News, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottowa, a person seeking assisted suicide ““lacks the proper disposition for the anointing of the sick”, and added: “Asking your priest to be present to something that is in...

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Study finds most euthanasia deaths arise from loneliness

A study of euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands has revealed that most cases in the country stem from loneliness. According to The Catholic Herald, a team of US researchers from the National Institute of Health undertook a full examination of the so-called psychiatric reasons considered when a patient sought to avail of euthanasia between the...

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Britain makes people ‘embarrassed’ to be religious – presenter

British culture makes people of faith feel “embarrassed” about their religion, a BBC television presenter has said. As he departs his role as a presenter of The Breakfast Show after 15 years, Bill Turnbull told The Radio Times that he prefers the religious freedom enjoyed in the United States where people do not “have to...

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Catholic voters must consider abortion issue, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has addressed Ireland’s current abortion debate, stating “you cannot pretend to be a Catholic and leave aside a very important part of Catholic teaching” when choosing who to vote for in the upcoming election. Speaking on Morning Ireland yesterday following the release of a joint statement by Ireland’s four Catholic Archbishops ahead of polling day, Dr...

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