On 30 March Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human rights law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, asks ‘Human rights - does faith matter?’ Professor Gearty writes: ‘what is rational about human rights without God? Can you believe in human rights without believing that humans are in some important and defining way God's creatures?’ Conor Gearty brings a broad experience of academic and legal expertise to this field as Professor of Human Rights law at LSE and a barrister at Matrix Chambers. From 2002-2009 he was also the inaugural director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE
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If you would like to know more about some of the issues covered in this lecture then please look at the following links which will take you to the teaching of the Catholic Church on many of the topics.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church on who may receive Holy Orders: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c3a6.htm#V
The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Chastity and homosexuality: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a6.htm#II and from John Paul II on ‘Considerations regarding proposals to give legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20030731_homosexual-unions_en.html . The Diocese of Westminster also has a statement on the Warwick Street Masses attended by homosexual people, and homosexuality: Statement_from_the_Diocese.pdf
On married Anglican priests in the Catholic Church: In 2005 at the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops ‘The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church’: http://www.vatican.va/news_services/press/sinodo/documents/bollettino_21_xi-ordinaria-2005/02_inglese/b11_02.html
Information about the Ordinariate of the Our lady of Walsingham can be found here: http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/Catholic-Church/Ordinariate