Papal leniency on divorce ‘no danger to faith’

January 9, 2017 1 comment

divorce

Expressions of compassion for divorced and remarried Catholics by Pope Francis do not pose a danger to the faith, a senior Cardinal has declared. Last year, the Pontiff courted controversy amongst more conservative Catholics with the publication of a Latin document called Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). This declared that divorced and remarried Catholics…

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France outlaws smacking children

January 9, 2017 4 comments

family law

Parents in France are no longer allowed to use corporal punishment to discipline their children. In late December, the French government passed the ‘Equality and Citizenship’ (Egalité et Citoyenneté) bill. Article 68 of this new legislation forbids “any cruel, degrading or humiliating treatment, including corporal punishment” by parents trying to make their children behave. This…

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Response and responsibility

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January 9, 2017 0 comments

lawyers

Do not always frown at the inexperienced, for a lack of experience may indicate huge potential. Anonymous I read with great interest Marilyn Stowe’s post the other day My first day in court. Her recollection of her horrendous experience as a newly-qualified solicitor struck a chord, not just with me but also with other lawyers,…

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Affairs more likely to start today

January 9, 2017 0 comments

relationships

Today is the day that people are most likely to begin an affair, new research suggests. This warning comes from a dating website for those already in a relationship. An analysis of their data showed that the second Monday of the New Year was their most popular day for new registrations. Last year on Monday…

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Cafcass presses for domestic violence changes

January 9, 2017 5 comments

family law

Cafcass has called for changes to the way Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes (DVPPs) are run. As the name suggests, these are aimed at individuals who have admitted abusive behaviour towards other family members. Designed to help them change their behaviour, they are delivered via the family courts in private cases and aimed solely at men….

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