SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Nick Hallett

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November 11, 2020
That's the average for Anglican churches - and Catholicism has the same problems
November 03, 2020
The British government’s announcement of plans for a second prolonged round of restrictions on commerce and social activity did not sit well with senior clergy in England’s Catholic Church. At least six bishops have questioned the decision to ban public acts of worship from Thursday, including the president and vice-president of the Bishops’ Conference. Almost
October 09, 2020
It was one of the biggest pro-life victories of recent decades. In 2015, the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly against legalising assisted suicide. The vote of 330 against 118 followed a highly effective campaign by opponents of the measure that even saw some MPs announcing that they had changed their minds during the debate. A
September 04, 2020
Could owning a Bible become a potential criminal offence? That’s the extraordinary question Church officials in Scotland are asking themselves as the country’s parliament debates a widely-criticised hate crime bill. The Scottish National Party government wants to criminalise behaving in a “threatening, abusive or insulting manner” or communicating “threatening, abusive or insulting material” that either
August 11, 2020
The Provost of the Birmingham Oratory has said questions remain over the decision by the Bishops’ Conference to require Communion in the hand only.
August 06, 2020
At the start of July, something unexpected happened: Britain’s pro-life movement, long accustomed to being on the losing side, scored a victory in parliament. Pro-abortion MPs had attempted to hijack the Domestic Abuse Bill by adding two amendments: one to introduce abortion for any reason up to 28 weeks, the other to allow both medical
August 05, 2020
The priests of the Birmingham Oratory have expressed “sadness and distress” after being prohibited from distributing Holy Communion on the tongue
July 18, 2020
Priests have spoken of a “crisis of conscience” as bishops in England and Wales issue differing guidelines on the reception of Holy Communion. The bishops’ conference recommends that Communion only be received in the hand, but individual bishops have the authority to make policy for their dioceses, and have adopted varying guidelines. A spokesperson for
July 10, 2020
On the morning of Saturday May 16, the residents of the small town of Crediton woke up to find the statue of their beloved St Boniface had been defaced with graffiti. A vandal had spray-painted the words “God is dead” and “pagan justice” on the statue, along with a pentacle and the word Geismar, a
June 11, 2020
At least 80 people have been killed in an attack on a village in northern Nigeria
April 23, 2020
In the video posted on YouTube lay Catholics offer to help bishops and priests manage newly re-opened churches
January 17, 2020
The frontrunner in the leadership contest for Britain’s Labour Party has been criticised by the media and her fellow Labour MPs for opposing late-term abortions for disabled babies. Rebecca Long-Bailey, who is Catholic, told her local deanery before December’s General Election that she did not agree with Britain’s current law, which allows unborn babies with
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