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Church leaders to join Jubilee Pageant
BY ED WEST
THE BISHOPS of England and Wales have requested that every parish celebrate a Mass with prayers to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II this Sunday.
The prayer for the Queen, “O Lord, save Elizabeth, our Queen”, will be said after the post-Communion prayer and before the final blessing. There will also be a reading from 1 Kings 3:11-14.
The prayer calls on God “that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen, who, by your providence has received the governance of this realm, may continue to grow in every virtue, that, imbued with your heavenly grace, she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil and, being blessed with your favour, may, with her consort and the royal family, come at last into your presence, through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever”.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster will attend the Thames Diamond Jubilee pageant on Sunday, along with Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff, and a national service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday morning. In the evening he will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee at Westminster Cathedral, concelebrated with Bishop John Arnold and Bishop Alan Hopes, auxiliary bishops of Westminster. Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton will also be present.
Bishop John Rawsthorne of Hallam will celebrate a Jubilee Mass at St Matthew’s, Sheffield, while Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds will attend a service at Ripon Cathedral. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, meanwhile, will attend a Thanksgiving Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, and will later attend services at Dunfermline Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
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Ex-guard gives life lessons inspired by pope
A FORMER Swiss Guard has published a book about business management inspired by Blessed Pope John Paul II.
Andreas Widmer, a 6ft 9in Swiss-born entrepreneur based in America, said his years protecting the late pope gave him life-changing lessons about how business and faith can go together.
“There is a latent dualism that says: ‘Over here in the spiritual realm I can do a little bit of tithing, maybe a little bit of corporate social responsibility and then over here it’s dirty business’,” he said. That, he added, is “not an integrated Catholic approach to life”. His book is called The Pope and The CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard.
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Doctors could be obliged to help women seek abortion
BY MADELEINE TEAHAN
CATHOLIC doctors will be obliged to assist women in procuring an abortion if the latest General Medical Council (GMC) guidelines on conscientious objection are approved.
Auxiliary Bishop Tom Williams of Liverpool, along with lawyers and doctors, have urged Catholics to respond to draft guidelines stating that doctors who conscientiously object to a medical procedure must ensure the patient can find an alternative compliant doctor.
Under current guidelines if a woman requests a referral for an abortion, the doctor is only obliged to explain that they do not refer women for abortions and that the patient is entitled to seek a second opinion.
Dr David Jones, director of the Anscombe Centre, a bioethics thinktank, said the draft guidelines risked reducing doctors to “service providers” and emphasised that a general principle of medicine is that doctors should not be obliged to prescribe treatment that they deem unnecessary.
He said: “The draft guidelines gloss over the fact that doctors having a conscience and being committed to the welfare of their patients is a positive thing.”
Neil Addison, a Catholic barrister who specialises in religious freedom, said the draft guidelines were potentially in conflict with the conscience clause of the 1967 Abortion Act. He argued that, although the conscience clause should override the guidelines, the recent legal challenge lost in Scotland by pro-life midwives unwilling to assist with abortions made the outcome
The guidelines gloss over the fact that doctors having a conscience is a positive
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Catholic news, visit CatholicHerald.co.uk of future legal challenges less certain. Mr Addison said the draft guidelines were flawed because they undermined a doctor’s capacity for clinical judgment.
He said: “The guidelines read as if it is illegal to refuse a patient transgender treatment, which actually amounts to a doctor not being able to make a clinical judgment.”
Dr Pravin Thevathasan, a Catholic consultant psychiatrist, said: “The draft document is correct to point out that discrimination can be unethical. For example, refusing to treat a depressed patient because he is homosexual. But there are other instances when no unjust discrimination takes place. For example, refusing to assist an unsupported single woman achieve multiple pregnancies by means of in-vitro fertilisation.
“If abortion is a morally bad procedure, then I ought not to refer my patient for one and I also ought not to request a colleague to do so. Indeed, the latter option seems to be morally more reprehensible.
“However, the draft document states that there are circumstances when I have an obligation to arrange for a colleague to do the referral even if I myself object to the procedure. Whatever became of the conscience clause of the Abortion Act?”
Last week Bishop Williams argued that the document “does not have a balanced or positive appreciation of the value of religion for patients or for the importance of requiring, and hence permitting, doctors to make conscientious ethical decisions”.
“Both religion and conscientious objection seem to be treated as problems to be minimised and circumscribed,” he said.
Diocese to open two new Catholic schools despite hostile campaign BY ED WEST
THE DIOCESE of Westminster has been given the go-ahead to open new Catholic schools in Richmond-upon-Thames.
A new Catholic primary and secondary school will now be developed for residents of south-west London, which is short of Catholic schools, after Richmond Council gave its approval at a Cabinet meeting last week.
The new co-educational schools are due to open on
September 1 2013, with the primary school beginning with 30 pupils and the secondary school with 150, and with final capacities of 210 and 1,050 respectively.
Both schools will be situated in Clifden Road in Twickenham, on the site currently occupied by Richmond Adult Education College.
The decision represents a victory against local and national secularist campaigners who were opposed to the move. Lord True, leader of Richmond Council, said at a meeting last year that the Pope’s speech to youngsters in Richmond in 2010 made him realise “how sad it was” they had no Catholic secondary schools in the borough.
Some 975 Catholic children travel out of the borough every day to Catholic schools in other boroughs, while last year 243 Catholic children from Richmond transferred to secondary schools elsewhere. While Catholic primary schools provide around 12 per cent of places, the new secondary school would provide only nine per cent of expanded places.
Paul Barber, Westminster diocese education service director, welcomed the decision and said that i t responded to a desire that “has been around for a very long time, the best part of 20 years”.
He said: “It is not ideal for pupils to travel outside the
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Ex-Tesco boss credits Church for success BY MARIN THOMAS
THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE who turned Tesco into the world’s third-largest retailer has paid tribute to his Catholic upbringing.
Sir Terry Leahy, who was chief executive of Tesco for 14 years, said his Catholic upbringing taught him “respect, integrity, perseverance [and] a clear sense of right and wrong”. He made the comment in his new book Management in 10 Words.
Terence Patrick Leahy started working for Tesco in 1979 and spent 32 years with the firm. He was born in Belle Vale, Liverpool, in a two-bedroom council flat to his father, a greyhound trainer, and a mother who was a nurse. He lives with his wife and three children.
Pop band creates song for vocations drive BY MARIN THOMAS
AN ELECTRO-POP band has released a song in support of the English and Welsh Church’s new vocations drive.
Ooberfuse were asked by Fr Christopher Jamison OSB, director of the National Office for Vocation, to write the soundtrack for the Church’s vocations framework. Their song, “Call my Name”, comes from their forthcoming album Seventh Wave.
Fr Jamison described the song as a “wonderful gift given to the Church. The words are poetic and inspired, worthy of the Psalms.”
Ooberfuse’s previous single, “Heart’s Cry”, was the youth anthem for the papal visit to Britain in 2010.
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