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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Church launches digest for Catholic politicians
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¬†The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and Agencies have launched a Public Policy Digest to provide legislators with information on the work of the Catholic Church in public policy areas. The first issue of the Digest has been published with the slogan "Promoting the common good in public life" and sent to every Catholic member of the House of Commons and House of Lords ≠ a total of around 500 politicians and legislators in all. It provides information on many Bills and government proposals, including the Asylum and Immigration Bill, the Civil Partnerships Bill, the draft Mental Incapacity Bill and the Children Bill, as well as proposals for reforms to the constitution and education system. Mgr Andrew Summersgill, general secretary of the Bishops' Conference of England & Wales, said: "Its purpose is to provide Catholic parliamentarians and others working in the public policy arena at Westminster with up-to-date information about what briefing papers are available from the Bishops' Conference secretariat and three of its agencies ≠ CAFOD, Caritas-social action, and the Catholic Education Service (CES) ≠ on current Bills or Government consultations. "We have taken this initiative in response to requests from a number of Catholics who said they did not know what was available from the Bishops' Conference or its agencies to support them and nor did they know to whom to go with queries." Mgr Summersgill added: "Our aim is to produce a short digest of this kind three times a year during a parliamentary session. It is available electronically on the Bishops' Conference website at and the briefing papers referred to can be downloaded from there." Source: CCS
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