In the report, published on Nov. 10, 2020, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) urged the bishops to “request that the Holy See redraft the canonical crimes relating to child sexual abuse as crimes against the child.”
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Bishop Marcus Stock of Leeds urged Johnson to amend the restrictions that come into force Nov. 5 to enable public worship to continue.
Cardinal Nichols is scheduled to testify in November before the Independent Inquiry in Child Sexual Abuse.
The cardinal-archbishop of Westminster spoke to a gathering of prison chaplains about the need for the Church to support former prisoners upon their release and work for humane conditions in prisons.
Reception of Communion for divorced-remarried Catholics, the role of bishops’ conferences and whether the synod will result in a final document are central concerns.
Proponents, which included former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, argued the measure reflected a shift in public opinion on end-of-life care.
The priests called for a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church doctrine on marriage and sexuality, but Cardinal Vincent Nichols subsequently criticized the letter’s publication.
Speaking prior to the opening of the synod, the cardinal — who is president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales — discussed the importance of marriage preparation and how it relates to the validity of marriage.