Diocese is angered by criticism of court case
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NEWS BULLETIN Archbishop Roche defends new translation of the Mass
ARCHBISHOP Arthur Roche, the newly appointed secre- tary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has defended the new English translation of the Mass, for which he was responsible, as in keeping with Second Vatican Council.
literal, and said “it brings more obviously to light Scripture and Patristic heritage”. He told an audience at Ealing Abbey, west London, that he rejected claims that the language of the new translation was too
He also said that Catholics had focused on the Mass as “horizontal”, as uniting them in the pres- ent time with every other Catholic, adding that we are also united with those who ever lived and believed and those in the future.
BY DAVID V BARRETT THE DIOCESE OF Portsmouth has re- sponded angrily to the Catholic body responsible for safeguarding children and the vulnerable, which sharply criticised it this week. ruled that although the priest was not legally an employee of his bishop, the bishop was “akin to an employer”, and therefore the dio- cese was “vicariously liable”. The trustees of the diocese of Portsmouth appealed against this judgment. The Court of Appeal de- livered its ruling two weeks ago, upholding the original judgment. In its annual report the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) criticised the trustees of the diocese for lodging a legal appeal in a safeguarding case in which they were involved. Danny Sullivan, who became chairman of NCSC in March, after Baroness Scotland stepped down last December, told The Catholic Herald: “Whilst the Commission understands a desire to have re- solved the legal issue of vicarious liability it also is sensitive to the perception of victims and survivors of abuse, and seeing that case linked to alleged abuse raises ques- tions for them about the Church’s real pastoral commitment to them. We’re not saying that’s true, we’re saying that’s a perception they have.”
The appeal came shortly after the NCSC and its sister agency, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, published a draft set of guidelines entitled “Towards Heal- ing”, which stressed the need for the Church to respond “appropriately and sensitively” to the needs of vic- tims and survivors of abuse. “The fact of that appeal and com- ments made in response to repre- sentations from a number of survivors support organisations by the trustees appeared to run counter to the principles expressed within ‘Towards Healing’,” said the report, published on Tuesday. Deacon Stephen Morgan, secre- tary to the trustees for the Diocese of Portsmouth, said: “We are very disappointed by the criticism made by the NCSC’s new chair, Danny Sullivan, of our decision to seek legal clarification from the courts in relation to the bishop’s liability for an allegedly abusive priest. At no point has the NCSC approached the diocese to express their concerns nor to seek clarification.”
“As a direct consequence of this two survivors support organisations no longer felt able to actively par- ticipate in further dialogue or de- velopment of ‘Towards Healing’. The NCSC very much regret ac- tions taken and comments made by the trustees of Portsmouth diocese.” The Portsmouth case concerned a 48-year-old woman known as JGE who claimed that as a child she had been sexually assaulted and raped by a priest in the diocese. The priest was never convicted of any abuse and died a few weeks after the alle- gations were made against him.
He said that their decision was made following consultation of the Bishops’ Conference and with the approval of the Diocese of Portsmouth’s own safeguarding commission. “The diocese has every right to pursue such a clarifi- cation, which in no way contradicts our commitment to justice and heal- ing for abuse survivors,” he said. In a High Court ruling in No- vember 2011 Mr Justice MacDuff
Archbishop Longley with members of the American track and field team Photo: Peter Jennings
Archbishop: Games should inspire us to care for poor
BY PETER JENNINGS ARCHBISHOP Bernard Longley, of Birmingham has praised the impact of the Olympic Games as he welcomed the American and Jamaican track and field teams to Birmingham.
cion and resentment between nations. These international Games can touch consciences and encourage a greater generosity, especially among the governments and multi national companies and corporations of the western world. We can all do signif- icantly more to be conscious of and to alleviate the needs of our global neighbours.”
Preaching at a civic service at Birmingham’s Anglican St Philip’s Cathedral last Saturday Archbishop Longley said: “The Olympic Games also offer an unique opportunity to raise awareness of global issues. They encourage us to seek remedies for the inequalities and imbalances that create division and foster suspi- with everyone”. Editorial comment: Page 13
Earlier in his sermon Archbishop Longley said that the City of Birm- ingham welcomed the visitors and that “our particular prayer today is that [the Games] will inspire indi- viduals and nations to pursue peace
Channel 4 is forced to withdraw sex education video
New church opens in Norfolk
A NEW CATHOLIC church has opened in Norfolk following a long-running campaign by parishioners to move to new premises. The church of St Henry Morse in Diss held its first Mass last week after work began in November to build on a site five years after permission was granted. The new church, which can accommodate up to 270 worshippers for a service, also includes a kitchen, day chapel, community room, and a first-floor flat for the parish priest. It replaced the cramped former church in Stanley Road, which is set to be turned into housing.
Fr Simon Blakesley said: “Our parish has been on a journey and it’s very satisfying to be arriving at our desti- nation. I’m looking forward very much to celebrating our first Masses here in this building that has surpassed my expectations in its noble simplicity.”
St Henry Morse, one of the 40 Martyrs, was born in Brome, near Diss, and hanged in 1645. New chapel Catholic carries for chaplaincy Olympic torch “On Sunday July 29, two days after the opening ceremony, it is the custom within my own tradition to celebrate a Day for Life, recalling the precious gift of life that is ours to cherish from its very beginning until its natural end.
EDINBURGH University is A CATHOLIC multi-marathon to have a new chapel after runner who has raised over £250,000 was raised thousands of pounds for by the Dominican order, charity was expected to which has run the chap- carry the Olympic torch on laincy since 1931. one of its final legs through
“This year’s theme for the Day for Life is taken from the first letter that St Paul wrote to the members of the early Church at Corinth: ‘Use your body for the glory of God.’ If we fail to respect the body we soon lose our sense of the dignity of human life.”
The new chapel will be London the day before the built in the garden of 24 opening ceremony, Inde- George Square, and will pendent Catholic News serve Edinburgh, Napier has reported.
and Queen Margaret Dom Goggins, who universities. A modern works for Catholic aid purpose-built chapel with agency Cafod, was due to hand-tooled stonework carry the flame on Thurs- and oak ceiling, it is able day through London. He to hold 140 people. has run 15 marathons.
Young Catholics raise fortune
CATHOLIC charity KISS has helped to raise £45,000 for Uganda through a volunteering project at the Olympic Games after young people undertook housekeeping duties at the Athlete’s Village.
BY DAVID V BARRETT
CHANNEL 4 HAS withdrawn its controversial sex education DVD following complaints from pressure groups and MPs.
The DVD, Living and Growing, is part of primary schools’ Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme.
Unit 1, for five to seven- year-olds, includes a section with drawings of a naked man and woman, and asks children to name parts of the body. The “How babies are made” section of Unit 2, for seven to nine-year-olds, includes a cartoon of a naked man and woman chasing each other around the bedroom with a feather before having sex in a
The schools minister, Nick Gibb, described the DVD as “shocking”, and told Channel 4 executives that explicit scenes must be cut from the film.
scene the narrator calls “fun and exciting”. surprised that councils are recommending it.” The Living and Growing teaching pack, which includes the DVD, is recommended by many local authorities and has been used in hundreds of primary schools for the last 15 years.
schools and even more
Mr Gibb said: “Parents will be shocked that this type of material is present in primary The withdrawal of the DVD follows a campaign by groups including the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children The PSHE Association, which was set up with Government funding in 2006, claimed that Channel 4’s deci- sion was due to “vociferous
(SPUC). On its Safe at School website SPUC said: “Explicit sex education in schools is priming young children to become sexually active once they reach their teens, or even before.” lobbying of the Department for Education by a small but influential number of politi- cians, parents and Right-wing religious groups”.
Dr John Lloyd, policy adviser for the PSHE Associ- ation, said Living and Growing was not pornography and “it emphasises loving, stable, caring relationships, typically in marriage”.
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Elderly urged to use cards to reject Liverpool Care Pathway Cardinal:ChineseareloyaltoPope BY SIMON CALDWELL the Royal Society of Medicine he said that the LCP had made THOUSANDS OF “advance re- euthanasia part of the “stan- fusal” cards are being distrib- dard way of dying” because it uted among elderly and was associated with about disease of the central nervous system with follows a path similar to multiple sclerosis, since 1982. disabled people amid mount- 130,000 deaths each year. ing fears that NHS doctors are Amid the controversy Pro- using the Liverpool Care fessor Pullicino was sup- Pathway (LCP) to prema- ported by six other senior turely end the lives of patients doctors who wrote a letter in to free up beds. his defence to the Daily Tele- In 2005 he was defeated at the Court of Appeal after he had earlier successfully de- manded that doctors contin- ued to treat him with artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) once he lost the ability to communicate. The cards, the size of a graph. credit card, are intended to They agreed with him that offer protection to vulnerable it was rarely possible to pre- people by stating that the dict when a patient would die holder does not wish to be put and that heavily sedating then on the LCP. dehydrating patients to death Lord Phillips, the head of the panel of judges, assured him at the time that “any doc- tor who deliberately brings that patient’s life to an end by discontinuing the supply of ANH will not merely be in breach of duty but guilty of murder”. “Please do not give me the under the LCP prematurely Liverpool Care Pathway treat- ended their lives. Doctors who ment without my informed are critical of the pathway consent or that of a relative,” hope that eventually the Gov- the cards read. Those who ernment will open a public in- sign the cards are being en- quiry into its application. couraged to sign a second But Mr Burke, 52, said that he was terrified that starving and dehydrating patients to copy and to send it to death in the NHS was now their GPs. The Mental Capacity Act “becoming the norm”. The Department of Health
2005 made it legal for patients to refuse treatment through advance directives although they have no right to request care.
Professor Pullicino called the LCP a ‘death pathway’
has repeatedly denied that the LCP is being used to kill peo- ple on NHS wards to save money.
A Department of Health spokesman said: “The deci- sion to use the pathway should
Under the LCP patients considered to be close to death are heavily sedated then de- Meanwhile the anti-eu- involve patients and family nied any artificial nutrition or thanasia group Alert is send- hydration, which since the ing out the advance refusal Bland judgment of the 1990s cards to anyone who requests is classed as treatment. them, with the first batch of members, and a patient’s con- dition should be closely mon- itored. If, as sometimes happens, a patient improves, they are taken off the LCP and given whatever treatments best suit their new needs.” Fears over the implementa- 1,000 despatched yesterday. tion of the care pathway have Elspeth Chowdharay-Best, been growing since Professor the honorary secretary of Patrick Pullicino, a neurolo- Alert, said the cards were gist from Kent, became the being produced to answer “an third senior physician to warn urgent need”. the public that the LCP had Among those who have re- “become an assisted death quested a card is Leslie Burke, pathway rather than a care a former Lancaster postman pathway”. who has suffered from cere- Dr Rosalind Bearcroft, who pioneered the cards, said it had not been determined if the advance refusals were legally binding because they were yet to be tested in the courts.
BBY DAVID V BARRET CHINA and the Holy See are in a “a cat and mouse game”, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Arch- bishop of St Andrews and Ed- inburgh, has said. Speaking at the annual con- ference of the National Justice and Peace Network Confer- ence held in Derbyshire last Saturday the cardinal quoted a Chinese churchman who had once told him: “There is only one Church in China, and we are all members of that Church.” This viewpoint is at odds with that of the Holy See, which is in a state of perma- nent disagreement with the Chinese government, with nei- ther side accepting episcopal candidates proposed by the other. Earlier this month the Holy See announced the auto- matic excommunication of Fr Joseph Yue Fusheng who had been ordained a bishop with- out papal approval. But at a grassroots level, Cardinal O’Brien said, China’s 12 million Catholics are loyal both to the Pope and to their country “as their conscience allows”. They don’t distin- guish between the state-sanc- tioned official Catholic Church and the Vatican-approved un- derground Church. The cardinal spoke of the good things he saw when he visited China in 2007 with the organisation Cultural Ex- change with China (CEC), in- cluding the religious communities in China. flourishing Report: Page6
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Marie Stopes threatens pro-lifers with injunction
Good Counsel Network rejects abortion provider’s claim that activists are harassing pregnant women by offering them ‘baby pink’ rosaries
BY SIMON CALDWELL
A LEADING abortion chain is threatening to take out an injunction against pro-life activists to stop them from allegedly using “baby pink” rosary beads to harass pregnant women.
Marie Stopes International (MSI) has accused a small group of people who stage daily prayer vigils outside its central London clinic of causing distress to clients by handing out “baby pink and blue rosary beads”.
Lawyers have written to the Good Counsel Network, the largely Catholic pro-life counselling organisation that organises the vigils, to say that Marie Stopes will “seek all remedies as may be necessary, including injunctive relief” under Section 3A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
A lawyer’s letter from MSI accused protesters alleged that protestors approached clients with plastic foetuses, asking the client to pray for the foetus, have attempted to intimidate the clients by running up to them, have handed out baby pink and blue rosary beads and have handed out leaflets containing graphic images”.
They also accuse Good Counsel of attempting to “cuddle” clients, which they claim caused them “immense distress”, and claim that one client was physically injured while being pursued by a protester and that others were filmed entering the clinic. They also allege that Good Counsel is handing out leaflets with inaccurate information about the effects of abortion on women’s physical and psychological health and threatened to report the network to the Advertising Standards Authority.
But Clare McCullough, the director of Good Counsel Network, dismissed the allegations as “ridiculous”.
“It is nice that they mentioned ‘baby’ in reference to the rosary beads because they don’t use that word anywhere else,” she said.
Pro-lifers hold a peaceful prayer vigil outside an abortion clinic in Bedford Square, central London, in March Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
Between two and 13 people pray peacefully outside the Whitfield Street clinic each morning, she said, and no women have ever been filmed, photographed, cuddled, injured or harassed.
Pink and blue rosary beads were handed out to women willing to accept them, she added, as well as leaflets containing graphic but accurate images of abortion.
The result of the vigils, she said, is that Good Counsel is now giving financial assistance to about 25 women who changed their minds about going through with abortions.
“The spiritual element of the vigils is what disturbs many people because a lot of women going to the clinic are Christians themselves,” Mrs McCulloch said.
“This [complaint] is a sign that what we are doing does change women’s hearts and they [Marie Stopes] are worried about it,” she added. “If anyone would like to join the vigil they are very welcome.”
The threat of an injunction is being defended by the Thomas More Legal Centre, an organisation set up to defend religious liberty. Neil Addison, the director of the centre, has told Marie Stopes’s lawyers that the vigils are protected by human rights laws guaranteeing freedom of assembly and he has challenged them to provide evidence of physical injury or harassment.
He said the police had never found any evidence of wrongdoing by Good Counsel in spite of repeated complaints by Marie Stopes. He also criticised Marie Stopes, one of the two largest private abortion providers in Britain, for trying to suppress the distribution of leaflets by Good Counsel.
He said: “This seems an extraordinary attempt to intimidate a peaceful group who are offering an alternative view of abortion.”
Abortion figures alarm activists ONLY A TINY percentage of abortions performed since its legalisation in 1967 have been carried out on health grounds, it has been disclosed.
Following a parliamentary question tabled by Lord Alton of Liverpool, Department of Health figures showed that of the 6.4 million abortions carried out in England and Wales since the 1967 Abortion Act came into force in April 1968, 143 (0.006 per cent) were classified as necessary to save the life or prevent serious permanent harm to the health of the mother. Another 23,778, or 0.37 per cent were performed under section 1(1)(c), whereby the “continuance of pregnancy would involve the risk to the life of the woman, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated”.
The Catholic Church has repeatedly declared that the unborn child can in no circumstances be called an aggressor against its mother, and that abortion is a violation of the right to life.
Josephine Quintavalle, cofounder of Comment on Reproductive Ethics (CORE), said: “The child has no rights at all. In abortion clinics the law is not respected: figures never seem to fall and people don’t realise.
“The pro-life movement should feel optimistic, there is no better moment than now to consider tackling the Abortion Act and making significant changes. It is time for pro-life to come together and work together to create strategies to turn public opinion into a positive impact.”
Investigative journalists recently discovered evidence of abortion on the grounds of sex at British abortion clinics.
Catholic schoolboy berates Miliband BY NIGEL BURNHAM
A CATHOLIC schoolboy from Hartlepool had his first 15 minutes of fame last week after a video of him firing questions at Labour leader Ed Miliband attracted thousands of hits on the internet.
Isaac Duffy, a 14-year-old pupil at the English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, manoeuvred his way to the front of the Durham Miners Gala stage to question Mr Miliband as he mingled with supporters and members of the public after delivering his speech.
In the video Isaac – a Conservative supporter who has been photographed with Foreign Secretary William Hague – hectors Mr Miliband over his party’s record on youth unemployment. Mr Miliband, who initially leans towards Isaac to listen, grins and quickly moves on after hearing the boy’s first question: “Do you think your pandering to your union paymasters will be your downfall in the Labour Party?” As the Labour leader turns away, Isaac calls out after him: “And you talked about youth unemployment even though youth unemployment rose by 40 per cent when Labour were in government.”
The 28-second video went on to become a internet hit, with more than 10,000 views on YouTube, and over 600 Tweets on social media site Twitter.
A member of Hartlepool
Conservative Future – the youth wing of the local Tory party – Isaac denied that the encounter had been a stunt, claiming that the video, filmed by his friend, Charlotte Berry, 14, had been “spur of the moment”.
Isaac said: “I managed to get right to the front of the stage and just took the opportunity to ask Mr Miliband a question.
“Mr Miliband definitely heard what I said – he just couldn’t answer me and tried to get away as quickly as he could. I was disappointed he didn’t answer my questions. If he is going to run for Prime Minister then he should be able to answer questions from a 14year-old boy.”
Isaac, who lives with parents Kevin and Christine on Hartlepool’s Bishop Cuthbert estate, added: “I didn’t expect the video to go viral, but the response has been amazing.
“I take a very keen interest in politics and I want to be an MP when I get older.”
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Scottish Cabinet: we will allow gay people to marry
BY DAVID V BARRETT
SCOTLAND is to legalise samesex marriage, it has been announced, despite civil servants’ fears that the law will not protect clergy who do not wish to perform ceremonies.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement on Wednesday, just days after a leaked email suggested that Edinburgh was planning to delay legislation on samesex marriage until the British Government had changed UK law.
The email suggested that the SNP government in Edinburgh wanted the UK Equality Act to be amended first before it brought in any new legislation in this area. In particular, it was concerned about legal protection for any celebrants who are against same-sex marriage and also for anyone who speaks out against it.
The leaked email, apparently from one civil servant to another, said: “We may announce that we will proceed with the introduction of samesex marriage, by means of both civil and religious ceremonies, and with the introduction of religious ceremonies to register civil partnerships.
“However we may also say, and give considerable prominence to saying, that the government recognises the need to provide appropriate protections for some in Scottish society who are against same-sex marriage.
“I expect we will say that
Alex Salmond the Equality Act 2010 needs to be amended to provide full protection for individual celebrants who are opposed to same-sex ceremonies, even if their religious body has decided to opt in to carrying out such ceremonies.”
First Minister Alex Salmond is also understood to be concerned that legislating on same-sex marriage will overshadow the run-up to the 2014 referendum on independence, with fears that Catholics may vote against separation as a result.
The campaign group Scotland for Marriage said: “You can’t rewrite the law on marriage without unravelling hundreds of years of law and culture.
“It is likely that our ministers would not wish to commence any Scottish act introducing same-sex marriage until the amendment to the Equality Act is in place.”
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