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Archbishop Smith, left, and Cardinal Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Archbishop Smith says recent statement ‘should not be misunderstood’

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

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

Archbishop Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The Church of England accepts them: but the CDF has made it clear that we do not. But things seem a little ambiguous here. How come?

Newlyweds pose for a photo (Photo: AP)

Sao Paulo notary said she could find no ‘legal impediment’ to the union

Baroness O'Cathain tabled a motion to overturn civil partnerships regulations during a debate in the Lords last week (Photo: PA)

Government Minister says that no churches or other religious premises will be forced to host civil partnership ceremonies

Archbishop Nichols: 'Same-sex partnerships are not marriage because they have no root in a sexual relationship, which marriage does'

This is all getting to look very similar to what we have been told about the Soho Masses

Edward Leigh says MPs aren't even being given the chance to debate the new regulations

Edward Leigh is seeking to annul regulations which would lift the ban on civil ceremonies being conducted in places of worship

Archbishop Nichols, right, at a press conference following the bishops' plenary meeting (Photo: Mazur)

The teaching of the Church on civil unions is clear enough: does the archbishop support it or not?