SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Simon Caldwell

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January 17, 2022
Benedictine monks are to move out of historic Downside Abbey as they search for a new home for the community. The last eight monks will lodge at Buckfast Abbey in Devon (pictured) while they attempt to reach a permanent decision about their future. Downside School, an independent Catholic school adjacent to the abbey in Somerset,
January 11, 2022
Pope Francis has demoted an influential archbishop as he begins a shake-up of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He has removed Archbishop Giacomo Morandi from his post as secretary of the CDF and appointed him diocesan Bishop of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, Italy. The archbishop, who will retain his episcopal rank “ad personam”, was
January 10, 2022
Parents of gravely ill children could be given a new right to seek treatment in foreign countries under a “Charlie’s Law” amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill. Proposals tabled in the House of Lords seek to make it easier for parents to be part of the life-or-death decisions taken by doctors treating their
January 06, 2022
An Employment Tribunal has ruled that an NHS Trust harassed a Catholic nurse and directly discriminated against her for wearing a cross necklace at work. The tribunal found that Nigeria-born Mary Onuoha, 61, a theatre practitioner, was victimised by Croydon Health Services NHS Trust after she formally complained of discrimination she suffered for wearing the
January 03, 2022
A law permitting assisted suicide has come into force in Austria in spite of the Catholic bishops warning the nation that it will help to create an era in which “every handicap or disease is seen as a failure that cannot be tolerated”. From New Year’s Day, the law licences doctors to prescribe lethal drugs
December 27, 2021
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged Boris Johnson not to impose further anti-Covid restrictions on churches in England and Wales. The Archbishop of Westminster insisted that churches were already stringent in taking precautions against the spread of the virus, saying they were “not places where we spread the virus”. The plea from Cardinal Nichols, president of
December 22, 2021
Elderly, lonely and vulnerable people would be placed at huge risk if the Scottish Parliament backed a proposed assisted suicide Bill, the country’s bishops have said. In a submission to the consultation on assisted suicide proposed by Liam McArthur, a Lib Dem MSP, the Scottish Catholic bishops have opposed the concept as an attack on
December 20, 2021
Patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 can die by euthanasia if doctors decide they might not survive, the New Zealand government has declared. The Ministry of Health confirmed that a right to a lethal injection under a new euthanasia law could extend to patients who were either dying from the coronavirus or suffering unbearably from
December 16, 2021
Police in India are investigating the religious order founded by St Teresa of Calcutta for allegedly forcing Hindu girls to convert to Christianity. The Missionaries of Charity has been accused of compelling girls in an orphanage in the western state of Gujarat to read the Bible, pray and wear crosses. The investigation follows an inspection
December 14, 2021
US President Joe Biden is facing demands from human rights groups to formally recognise the religious persecution of Christians in Nigeria. Fifteen faith-based religious freedom groups have joined forces with 32 leading global human rights advocates in calling for the Biden administration to re-designate the African nation as a “Country of Particular Concern”. An open
December 10, 2021
Attacks on Christians and church property in Europe has soared by 70 per cent in just one year, a new report has said. Physical violence, arson, vandalism and harassment, along with increasing discrimination by public authorities rocketed in 2019-2020. The worst five countries effected were the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden, according to
December 07, 2021
The Pope has denounced an attempt by the European Union to excise the word “Christmas” from official documentation as a throwback to the dictatorships of Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin. The 32-page manual for language used by EU institutions, called “Union of Equality”, recommended the use of “holiday period” instead of “Christmas period” to avoid offending
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