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He has thrown away his authority as Tory leader over an issue utterly irrelevant to the nation’s problems. Is he mad?

Here we publish the bishops’ conference briefing in full

An official has said that any decision about sacking teachers who refuse to teach about same-sex marriage, ultimately rests with Strasbourg and not the Government

Equality legislation will certainly undermine the Government’s supposed guarantee

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

Letter to Telegraph says legislation would erode ability of faithful to ‘participate fully’ in public life

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?

Ireland, marriage, Parliament, Pope Benedict XVI and atheists all need our prayers in 2013, says Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor says there was no mention of same-sex marriage in his party’s manifesto