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Bishops say lesbian and gay Catholics fear the move would remove their legal rights

Fr Robert Byrne will serve as an auxiliary bishop in Birmingham

Cardinal Peter Erdo, a leading canon lawyer, says the Synod will be based on Church teaching, not public opinion

Author of the bishops’ report says LCP is not ‘inherently unethical’ but has been ‘badly implemented’

Lord Wallace discloses Church’s advice during House of Lords debate

Here we publish the bishops’ conference briefing in full

In accompanying letter Archbishop Smith urges priests to ‘do all you can’ to oppose Bill

The bureaucratisation of the hierarchy has left the Church rudderless and ineffective

The Bill, to be introduced in the Commons in January, is the sixth attempt to legalise assisted suicide in a decade

Number of priestly ordinations expected to almost double in two years