- Apr 13, 2021
Calling a vaccine the “most effective” way to stop COVID-19, England’s bishops say each person “has a duty to protect others from infection with its danger of serious illness, and for some, death.”
Pope Francis is presenting the Church’s “consistent message” and is inviting individuals and nations to “slow down and to listen and to engage with our brothers and sisters,” says Bishop Richard Moth of Arundel and Brighton.
Human value is not a measure of “our mental or physical capacity, our societal function, our age, our health or of any other qualitative assessment,” said the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in a statement about accessing healthcare during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Echoing Pope Francis’s claim that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is an “opportunity for conversion” on ecological issues, several bishops in England have said the “new normal” after the pandemic can’t be business as usual.
England’s Catholic Church is calling on the UK government to release some prisoners to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
A proposal to end all custodial prison sentences of less than six months in England and Wales has been called “the right thing to do” by the Catholic bishop in charge of prison policy for the Church in England and Wales.
A Catholic bishop has thanked the British government for acknowledging the role chaplains play in the mental health of inmates in the country’s prison system.
A new report on sentencing reform issued by the English and Welsh bishops has challenged the British government to reduce the country’s prison population.