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September 04, 2020
In late July of this year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to ban the “abhorrent” practice of “gay conversion therapy”: the controversial practice of attempting to change someone’s sexual orientation. “What we are going to do is a study right now on, you know, where is this actually happening, how prevalent is it, and we
September 04, 2020
There have been growing concerns in the pro-life community about the potential development of coronavirus vaccines using cell-lines from aborted foetuses. There are a number of such cell-lines currently being used in Covid-19 vaccine research: one is the HEK 293 cell-line, modified from kidney tissue of a child aborted around 1972, whilst another is the
August 21, 2020
A group of pilgrims are appealing the Diocese of East Anglia Historic Churches Committee’s determination against the development plans for the Catholic Shrine at Walsingham.
August 06, 2020
Inocente Orlando Montano, a former colonel and deputy security minister in El Salvador, has been on trial in Spain for the 1989 murders of six Jesuits, a housekeeper and her daughter at a Catholic university. Montano was charged with planning the murder of the eight victims but pleaded not guilty.The trial resumed in Madrid on
August 06, 2020
Villanova University has responded to claims it put a student under pressure to withdraw remarks, after she criticised the university for promoting LGBT Pride Month. Melanie Diodati, a graduate theology student at the Augustinian university in Pennsylvania, criticised Villanova on Twitter in late June after the university’s athletic department described itself as an “ally of
July 28, 2020
Cardinal Timothy Dolan has argued that the Catholic Church needs to be included in future federal aid packages to prevent further Catholic school closures
July 27, 2020
The Archdiocese of Glasgow has transferred the ownership of St Peter's Seminary and the surrounding woodland at Cardross free of charge to a charitable trust.
July 17, 2020
The global coronavirus pandemic has imposed an unprecedented stress test on all our institutions – and US Catholic schools have been hit especially hard. More than a hundred have said that they will close by the start of the next school year because of the financial toll of the pandemic, with many more closures expected
July 16, 2020
On Thursday, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) released a handbook designed to help dioceses and religious orders follow Church guidelines on handling allegations of clerical sexual abuse of minors. The 17-page document does not alter current canon law but instead provides those charged with authority over clergy, the Ordinary or Hierarch,
July 10, 2020
Patrick Deneen’s book Why Liberalism Failed, the fruit of decades spent thinking through the riddles of the modern political order, was only expected to engage – as Deneen has put it – “a small audience of political theorists and like-minded discontents”. But it landed in 2018, just as the liberal cons­ensus was beginning to unravel,
June 19, 2020
With little fanfare, one of the defining issues of the Brexit debate – the free movement of people within the EU – was finally voted on last month. The UK Government’s plan to replace free movement with a new points-based immigration system was given initial approval on May 18, with MPs supporting the bill by
June 17, 2020
The Supreme Court blocked Ruben Gutierrez’s execution around an hour before he was due to be executed because Texas had denied the condemned man’s request to be accompanied by a Catholic priest in the execution chamber. Gutierrez’s application for stay of execution stated his belief that the presence of a “chaplain in the execution chamber
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