Item 72 - Cardinal Hume: Statement on 1967 Abortion Act reform

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GB ARCHON 2913 EABC-00-01-72

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Cardinal Hume: Statement on 1967 Abortion Act reform

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  • 25 October 1979 (Creation)

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(1923-1999)

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1980: Pope's 1982 visit confirmed
1995: quoted in a letter to Yarmouth

Born 2 March 1923 ; died 17 June 1999. An English Roman Catholic bishop. He was a monk and priest of the English Benedictine monastery of Ampleforth Abbey and its abbot for 13 years until his appointment as Archbishop of Westminster in 1976. His elevation to cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church followed during the same year. From 1979, Hume served also as President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. He held these appointments until his death from cancer. His is buried in Westminster Cathedral in the Chapel of St Gregory and St Augustine.

Following his death, a statue of him in his monastic habit and wearing his abbatial cross was erected in his home town of Newcastle upon Tyne outside St Mary's Cathedral (opposite Newcastle station); it was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II.

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pre-2018: ADW

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Cardinal Hume & Cardinal Gray (St Andrews and Edinburgh) issued a joint statement.
Sad that resolutions to support 1967 Abortion Act reform were accepted by the TUC and Labour Party Conference. This law runs contrary to the Preamble of the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child which was adopted on 20 November 1959. Members of the TUC and the Labour party "... experience, however, a tension between that loyalty and what they recognise to be the law of God on the sanctity of life ... moral issues should be left to the individual conscience."

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