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The Catholic Union Charitable Trust (CUCT) will offer seminars and open discussions to showcase Catholic social action and Catholic social teaching, including education and moral responsibilities in today’s secular world.  The Trust will build on the established provenance, capabilities and support of the existing Catholic Union membership, as well as developing partnerships with other interested bodies. The aim of the CUCT is to offer a Catholic response to current issues and so to promote the Common Good.

In order to undertake this important work, I would like to ask you for three things.  Firstly, please do let others know about the Catholic Union Charitable Trust.  We are a national organisation and are very keen that this should be well established at parish level as well as having a formal structure.  Secondly, I would encourage you to submit any thoughts or ideas you might have – perhaps on topics you would like to see covered.  Thirdly, I would ask you to consider supporting the work of the CUCT financially, in order that we can develop the scope and reach of our activities.  As a charity, we are able to make use of Gift Aid, so making your gift go further at no cost to you.  Further details are available on the donations section of the site.

Finally, thank you for your interest in and support of the Catholic Union Charitable Trust.  With your help, we can continue to offer public engagement for the Common Good.

James Bogle, Chairman

James Bogle

James Bogle is a barrister practising in the Inner Temple, London, where he is Deputy Head of Chambers. He also writes and broadcasts on historical and constitutional themes in the UK and the USA, as well as on legal and human rights issues. Baptised at St George’s Church, Penang, Malaya, he was educated in Australia and, at University, he converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism. Following University, he entered the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Hussars. After the Army he read for the Bar and now practises in commercial, property, medical, private international law, and arbitration, and has appeared in high profile cases such as the Dianne Pretty euthanasia case. He has been a lecturer in medical law at St George’s Hospital Medical school and a tutor in advocacy at the Middle Temple. He was for many years Chairman of the Catholic Union and is now Vice-Chairman. He is also President of the International Una Voce Federation, Chairman of the UK Catholic Forum, a director of EWTN (UK), a lay trustee of Farnborough Abbey, and a Knight of Malta. He is married to well-known Catholic author, Joanna Bogle, and co-authored a biography of the recently beatified Habsburg, Blessed Charles I of Austria. He has a special interest in the issue of religious freedom in the modern world.