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April 29, 2020
Elderly people are being left to die in Britain's nursing homes instead of being offered care in hospitals, said a priest and former surgeon
April 09, 2020
A minority of people who contract the coronavirus will become so ill they will be admitted to intensive care for intubation on a ventilator. They may be placed in induced comas, and their chances are not especially good. Those who are Catholics have the right to ask for a priest to administer the Sacrament of
April 09, 2020
It is generally acknowledged that the NHS could have been better prepared for the coronavirus pandemic. It entered the crisis with just 8,000 ventilators and so few testing kits that it remains unable to determine even how many of its staff have the virus. Medical professionals still complain of a shortage of masks and other
April 09, 2020
Morality By Jonathan Sacks Hodder and Stoughton, 384pp, £20/$30 An intellectual backlash is taking place against the rise of new and destructive ideologies that have emerged amid the post-Christian vacuum of Western civilisation in recent decades. Alarming trends have inspired an entire new genre of political books, many with cautionary titles such as The Madness
April 02, 2020
After years of preparation, England was on Sunday rededicated as Mary’s Dowry “in the eye of the storm” of the coronavirus pandemic. About 530,000 Catholics are estimated to have taken part in the rededication and some 4,000 private homes, in England and overseas, were registered alongside churches and cathedrals as places where the prayers of
April 02, 2020
It might have been a coincidence that the Government decided to announce its framework for abortion in Northern Ireland on March 25, feast of the Annunciation and the date upon which Christians hold that the Virgin Mary conceived the Child Jesus. The announcement was preceded by some anxious scenes in the House of Commons among
March 26, 2020
On Friday March 20, many Catholics in England and Wales attended the final public Mass for some time. (Pictured: Catholics after the last Mass at Westminster Cathedral.) Numbers were certainly larger than the average weekday Mass – but worshippers, mindful of the need for “social distancing”, will have been keeping the requisite six feet from
March 19, 2020
The Supreme Court last week declined to hear an appeal against the imposition of the first “buffer zone” around an abortion clinic in Britain. The 100m (330ft) exclusion zone around the Marie Stopes clinic in west London was approved by Ealing Council in April 2018, ostensibly to prevent harassment of clients and staff. The pro-life
March 12, 2020
A lingering controversy continues to surround Westminster Cathedral Choir School and its world-class singers. Months of turbulence have followed the abolition of weekend boarding for 20 choristers: a move which means that the choristers, aged eight to 13, will no longer sing together seven days a week. Parents and prominent musicians have raised the alarm;
February 28, 2020
Bibi wants to live closer to French writer Anne-Isabelle Tollet, who was influential in her fight for freedom
February 27, 2020
Aficionados of GK Chesterton must be feeling a palpable sense of relief at the news that a plan to bulldoze his former home and replace it with flats has been thrown out by the local council. South Bucks District Council dismissed proposals by Octagon Developments to demolish the house, called “Overroads”, in Grove Road, Beaconsfield,
February 20, 2020
Pope Francis took the time to personally bless an icon of Our Lady of Walsingham last week. The painting was commissioned by Mgr John Armitage, rector of the national Marian shrine in Norfolk, as part of the preparations for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary on March 29. Mgr Armitage was part
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