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Pope Francis legislates for protection of minors

New legislation for Vatican State brings in mandatory reporting of abuse charges for minors and vulnerable adults, backed up with fines and / or imprisonment for not reporting.

2019.03.30.

Isle of Man decriminalises abortion in new law

“We will never stop fighting for the recognition of the humanity, dignity, and rights of every member of the Manx and human family.”

2019.01.19.

Choose a “glorious possibility” Bishop of Limerick urges women in crisis pregnancy

Any sense that abortion is a progressive step for our country, for what we stand for as a nation, is misplaced, says Bishop Brendan Leahy in end of year reflection.

2018.12.30.

Missionary appeals to TDs over Bill to restrict travel by convicted paedophiles

If enacted, the legislation will “help to curtail child abuse sex tourism and protect children in countries like the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia where child protection laws are weak or not enforced” - Columban missionary, Fr Shay Cullen.

2018.04.24.

New planning regulations for churches in NI

'Listed Building Consent' is required in Britain for changes that might alter the architectural or historic significance of a building used for religious purposes.

2016.03.30.

Fear of eviction has increased warns Focus Ireland

"Since Tyrrelstown everyone who is renting, even if they are keeping up with their rent, feels vulnerable."

2016.03.22.

‘There is no such thing as a life without value’

"For as long as they live, children with life-limiting conditions are entitled to be loved and cared for like any other child” - Bishop Kevin Doran.

2016.02.24.

Ireland is on the cusp of beating sex traffickers

Ruhama is urging the next government to make the Sexual Offences Bill an absolute priority and place it at the top of their agenda as soon as they come to power.

2016.02.04.

Kerry women’s group wants porn made inaccessible

Call to Minister Alex White follows US bishops' special statement last week on why the production and use of pornography is a sin.

2015.11.22.

Bishops to issue statement on refugee crisis today

Contribution of religious congregations to the efforts to eradicate human trafficking and provide care and support to victims recognised.

2015.10.01.

UK parliament votes down assisted suicide bill

“I welcome Parliament’s recognition of the grave risks that this bill posed to the lives of our society’s most vulnerable people” - Archbishop Peter Smith.

2015.09.12.

UN committee criticises abortion laws in NI

“The committee is concerned about the highly restricted circumstances in which termination of pregnancy is permitted under the law in Northern Ireland."

2015.08.01.

Diocese criticises political parties’ church collections

Political parties which have advocated policies and introduced legislation undermining marriage and the right to life of the unborn unwelcome at church gates.

2015.07.13.

26 terminations under new abortion law in 2014

Three of the twenty-six terminations were carried out the basis of a risk to the life of the mother from suicide.

2015.06.30.

Minimum unit price will counter alcohol abuse

Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children sets out recommendations it would like considered for possible inclusion in the upcoming alcohol legislation.

2015.06.24.

A reasoned No vote is not homophobic

"What will happen will be determined exclusively by the courts and we know from past experience that test cases can produce unexpected results” - Archbishop Martin.

2015.05.20.

Bishops & philosopher highlight MarRef concerns

"Getting it wrong will almost inevitably further destabilise the family and society; it will pose major problems for legislation," - Bishop MacDaid.

2015.05.19.

Bishop Smith decries lack of debate over CFR bill

The search for equality in our society will not be advanced by undermining the very cornerstone on which a just and stable society is built.

2015.05.04.

Focus Ireland concerned over rent supplement cap

Need for legislation to create ‘rent certainty’ in the private rented sector which would counter rent inflation.

2015.03.29.

Ruhama welcomes Bill criminalising buying of sex

Bill will hold sex buyers to account for their key role in fuelling organised crime and perpetrating abuse against victims of trafficking and exploitation.

2014.11.28.

Concern over Children & Family Relationships Bill

Bill needs to be revised to better take into account the best interests of children warns new group, Mothers and Fathers Matter.

2014.11.13.

UK bishops disappointed at legalisation of gay marriage

Archbishops Nichols and Smith warn legislation is “a watershed” which heralds "profound social change.”

2013.07.19.
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