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Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

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

Bishop-elect Robert Byrne (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Fr Robert Byrne will serve as an auxiliary bishop in Birmingham

Cardinal Peter Erdo, the relator for next year's synod (Photo: CNS)

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

Baroness Neuberger is chair of an inquiry into the LCP (Photo: PA)

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

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge exchange rings during their marriage ceremony (CNS photo/Dominic Lipinski, pool via Reuters)

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

MPs will debate the Bill at its second reading next Tuesday (Photo: PA)

Here we publish the bishops’ conference briefing in full

Archbishop Smith has urged priests to do all they can to oppose the marriage Bill (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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

US bishops look over documents at a meeting in Baltimore (Photo: CNS)

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

Archbishop Antonio Mennini (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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

Men ordained to the diaconate in Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur)

Number of priestly ordinations expected to almost double in two years