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St Pope John Paul II

Hundreds of letters and photographs that tell the story of Pope John Paul II's close relationship with a married woman, which lasted more than 30 years, have been shown to the BBC. Watch Panorama

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The letters to Polish-born American philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka had been kept away from public view in the National Library of Poland for years.
The documents reveal a rarely seen side of the pontiff, who died in 2005.

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The Film - Spotlight

It is 2002 and the Spotlight team at the Boston Globe has picked up a story about sexual abuse in the church. The problem is that no-one is willing to talk and the few leads they had led to nowhere. Evidence has been erased and mouths are tightly shut.

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Congress Declaration

The Final declaration of the Congress - One of three presentations of the book - my part in the proceedings i.e. a reflection on the theological motivations driving the communities represented in the book. The third is a communication to the whole people of God to be published on February 6th 2015.

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29 December 2015 | by Liz Dodd

THE BISHOPS’ Conference of England and Wales rejected calls to ordain married men and permit services of General Absolution during a private session of its November plenary meeting.

At that meeting in Leeds a majority did not back a motion by the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Seamus Cunningham, to support the ordination of married men.

The discussion, which was reported in the Northern Cross, the diocesan newspaper for Hexham and Newcastle, took place during a closed session of the plenary meeting. Topics for these sessions are not noted on the public agenda and the outcome is not made public with the objective of allowing bishops to speak freely. 

Bishop Cunningham told his diocesan Council of Priests, who had asked him to raise the issue of married priests, that the bishops had a “calm and thoughtful” discussion about the tradition of the Church, the nature of sacrifice and celibacy, as well as the positive contribution of married priests. Following this the general consensus was “to maintain the traditional teaching of the Church for a celibate priesthood”, he said.

European Federation Anniversary Book

The European Federation of Married Catholic Priests are publishing a book to commemorate the closing of the Second Vatican Council. If you would like to reserve a copy odf this book, due to be available in November then please complete this form. The cost will be approximately £12 inc postage.

This Anniversary Book will map the history of the European Federation and the various groups throughout Europe. It will also have individual and group testimonies as to how church is being lived out in the face of the priest "shortage".

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