Catholic Church shifts view on use of aborted foetus cells in Covid-19 vaccine

Sep 28, 2020 by

by Will Maule, Premier: The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has released a statement appearing to pledge their support for the development of a Covid-19 vaccine, even if it utilises cell-lines originally extracted from a human foetus. While some vaccine development projects are using synthetic cell lines, others, such as the one currently being undertaken at Oxford University, use cell-lines from a human foetus, prompting questions over ethics. In a new statement, the Bishops’...

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How should Christians respond to a new lockdown?

Sep 25, 2020 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: We appear to have entered a rather different phase of response and comment on the question of Covid-19 and our response to this legally and socially. At the beginning of the ‘first wave’ in March, there was a widespread sense that we needed to respond quickly and drastically, and most of the criticism was that Government had not acted quickly enough or seriously enough. The mood appears different now. There is so much more information around, and much more that we do in...

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Offering hope as we face a second wave – Archbishops’ letter to bishops

Sep 24, 2020 by

from The Church of England Media C The Church has a vital role to play in offering hope and comfort to the nation as we face an expected second wave of the coronavirus, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have said. In a joint letter to the bishops of the Church of England, Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell set out a stark assessment of the challenges facing the country amid the pandemic including hunger, homelessness, mental health pressures and domestic violence. But, they...

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Covid-centralising Archbishop excoriates Government – for Covid centralising

Sep 17, 2020 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: The Archbishop of Canterbury has excoriated the Government’s ‘Rule of Six‘, the latest anti-Covid-19 policy which restricts almost the whole of society to gatherings of no more than six. Writing in the Telegraph, Justin Welby said such decisions need to be made locally rather than by national diktat: “With a vaccine still far from certain, infection rates rising and winter on the horizon, the new normal of living with Covid-19 will only be sustainable – or even endurable...

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Evangelical Alliance: Gov’t needs to do better with including faith groups in coronavirus announcements

Sep 14, 2020 by

from Premier: The CEO of the UK Evangelical Alliance has said the Government needs to improve the way it handles places of worship when it announces new coronavirus restrictions. Last Tuesday, the new “rule of six” was announced which means that people cannot meet in more than groups of six indoors or outdoors starting from 14th September. Exceptions mentioned were organised sports, workplaces and education-related gatherings, but there was no mention of religious services. Galvin...

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The Rule of Six – we are being robbed of our liberty

Sep 14, 2020 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: “In England from Monday we are introducing the Rule of Six”, the Prime Minister said. “You must not meet socially in groups of more than six. And, if you do, you will be breaking the law.” This draconian restriction on our civil liberties was not announced to Parliament; Her Majesty’s Opposition have not uttered a word of opposition. There has been no democratic debate about this new law; no nuanced consideration of the fine balance between personal freedom and...

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