SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
August 17, 2017
August 17, 2017
Elizabeth Anscombe reminds us that moral evils - like deliberate killing of the innocent - cannot be justified for any reason
August 17, 2017
Take a look inside this week’s Catholic Herald
August 17, 2017
Cardinal Urosa has emerged as a formidable centre of unity
August 17, 2017
The island of Guam, an American territory in the Pacific, is in the news again. Well known for its part in World War II – when it was occupied by the Japanese, and later liberated at considerable cost by the Americans in July and August 1944 – the island is now in the crosshairs of
August 17, 2017
✣ US bishops condemn white supremacist rally What happened? A woman was killed and at least 19 people injured when a car rammed into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. The original “Unite the Right” march was provoked by the city’s plan to remove a statue of a Confederate general. Armed
August 17, 2017
✣ Highlights from the week online Are converts a troubling movement? At Commonweal, Massimo Faggioli said that there is a “convert movement” which has “something in common with other ecclesial movements in the recent past, such as Opus Dei, Focolare or Sant’Egidio.” These converts, Faggioli argued, are overly critical and have an unusually large public
August 17, 2017
Tunnellers building a 3.1 mile tunnel under Glasgow are invoking the protection of St Barbara, nodding to a statue of her every time they go to work. The workmen, who are building a £100m tunnel for Scottish Water, pay reverence to the saint – the patron of tunnellers and miners – each time they board
August 17, 2017
A pro-life charity has called for Marie Stopes’s abortion services to be suspended after a highly critical report into its standard of care. Last year the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that staff at Marie Stopes clinics had been inadequately trained. Following an unannounced visit in February, the CQC found there were still problems, including
August 17, 2017
Catholics in prisons in England and Wales outnumber Anglicans for the first time, according to official figures. Anglicans comprised 17 per cent of inmates, a fall from half the prison population in 1993, while the number of Catholics in prison doubled over the same period. The Ministry of Justice reported that there were 14,961 Catholics
August 17, 2017
Priests who do not inform the police after learning about child abuse in confession should face criminal charges, an Australian inquiry has said. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended that all states and territories in the country introduce legislation to punish priests for not breaking the seal of the confessional.
August 17, 2017
Patriarchs have called on Pope Francis to “scold” world leaders over the exodus of Christians from the Middle East. Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs in the Middle East said the displacement of Christians from the region was “a humanitarian catastrophe”. “The time has come to make a prophetic cry” and to speak “the truth that frees
August 17, 2017
Pope Francis has given a Belgian religious order until the end of August to stop offering euthanasia to psychiatric patients. Brother René Stockman, superior general of the order, said that the Pope gave his personal approval to a Vatican demand that the Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centres for psychiatric patients across Belgium, must
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