- May 30, 2020
The Catholic Education Service, an agency of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has advised more than 2,200 schools to revise their policies to take account of a government adjudicator’s decision not to use “mother” and “father” on forms, because the terms discriminated against “separated, step- and gay parents.”
Marking the 50th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in most of the UK, the bishops of the country said the “challenge that faces our society today is to recover an understanding of the immeasurable good of each unborn child and to value his or her life with even greater respect.” The bishops also spoke against efforts to strip conscience protections from medical and other healthcare personnel when it comes to abortion.
Saying his decision is “not based on social policy but on the law,” a High Court judge in Belfast has refused to overturn a law in Northern Ireland defining marriage as being exclusively between a man and a woman. Northern Ireland is the only place in Great Britain and Ireland which has not legalized same-sex marriage.
A High Court judge in the U.K. has approved a hospice plan for Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old infant whose case has triggered wide debate over euthanasia and the competing rights of parents and the state in making care decisions. A judge said Thursday the child will ‘inevitably’ die after an unspecified period at the hospice.
A decision on Monday by the parents of Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old infant battling a rare genetic disorder, to drop their legal battle to purse experimental treatment and to “let our son go and be with the angels” leaves no one rejoicing. However, the question will have to be raised: Which is closer to a Catholic ethical standpoint — the American approach or the British?
From the beginning, the case of 10-month-old Charlie Gard in the UK, whose parents have been denied permission by a court to pursue experimental treatment for mitochondrial disease in the U.S. has stirred wide debate and alarm. Pope Francis waded directly into the discussion on Sunday, expressing hope that the parents’ desires to ‘care for their own child to the end’ will be respected.