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September 14, 2017
September 14, 2017
The secretary-general of the bishops' conference has asked the prime minister to 'intervene to stop hatred'
September 14, 2017
Campaigners say offering the drug at 'pocket money prices' gives a misleading impression
September 14, 2017
Blair also expressed his concern for minorities in the Middle East
September 14, 2017
It's risky to question the new orthodoxies. But two sharp-witted dissenters are doing just that
September 14, 2017
Only wealthy countries have the resources to take full advantage of Magnum Principium
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Textbooks are distorting medieval history and ignoring the era's rich Catholic culture
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The new papal document Magnum Principium marks a dramatic shift in power away from Rome towards the world’s bishops’ conferences, in line with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council. That, at least, is the line put out by its supporters since it was released last Saturday. But does it stand up to scrutiny? Pope
September 14, 2017
✣ Rees-Mogg faces backlash on abortion and gay marriage What happened? Jacob Rees-Mogg told the ITV show Good Morning Britain that abortion was “morally indefensible” in all circumstances, including rape. The Somerset MP, tipped as a possible Tory leader, said: “Life is sacrosanct and begins at the point of conception.” On same-sex marriage, he said he took
September 14, 2017
✣ Highlights from the week online An atheist’s warning about secularisation Religion is not about to die, said Jonathan Sacks in Standpoint magazine. “But the secular West is in real trouble.” Without religion, society falls apart. Rabbi Sacks quoted the atheist historian Will Durant: “What happens at a certain point in history is that the intellectual classes
September 14, 2017
England will be re-dedicated as the Dowry of Mary in 2020, the rector of Walsingham Shrine has said. Mgr John Armitage announced the plans while promoting a new prayer booklet encouraging Catholics to pray a novena to Our Lady of Walsingham. Mgr Armitage, who became rector in 2014, helped to update the booklet. He told
September 14, 2017
A Christian family is considering legal action against a school in a row about its transgender policy. Sally and Nigel Rowe send their six-year-old boy to a Church of England comprehensive on the Isle of Wight. Their son reportedly came home from school confused that a classmate was sometimes wearing male clothes and sometimes a
September 14, 2017
Two bishops have praised Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg for speaking out in favour of Church teaching on abortion and same-sex marriage. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury hailed his “integrity” for talking “fearlessly” about his Christian convictions, while Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said he gave a “wonderful witness” as a Catholic. Mr Rees-Mogg told the