SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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The bishops only say that 'integration' and 'discernment' are necessary
November 29, 2017
Pope Francis is serious about delivering speedy and judicially credible decisions for couples seeking annulments
November 29, 2017
The government is considering restricting prayer vigils outside abortion clinics, the Home Office has said. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said women needed protection from “aggressive protesters”; the Government would carry out a review of existing legislation and consider giving police and local authorities new powers to stop pro-lifers gathering outside abortion clinics. “While everyone has
November 29, 2017
There are two groups of young Catholics: those who want the Church to return to a previous era, and those who think the Church should follow current social trends. That is the conclusion of a new report from the Bishops of England and Wales, following a survey of young people which received 3,000 responses, most
November 29, 2017
Pope Francis arrived in Burma on Monday for a four-day visit and was greeted by two dozen children in traditional attire and the nation’s bishops. The arrival ceremony at the Yangon airport was brief and led by an envoy of the president, because the formal welcome was scheduled for the next day in Naypyitaw, which
November 29, 2017
Former White House adviser Steve Bannon has credited St Ignatius of Loyola with helping him to quit drinking and stay sober for 19 years. Mr Bannon, the combative Breitbart News chief, has practised St Ignatius’s examen every day since 1998, according to a new biography. The examen is recommended by St Ignatius in his Spiritual
November 29, 2017
ISIS affiliate threatens to kill Pope Francis A group linked to Islamic State (ISIS) has released a propaganda poster depicting Pope Francis being beheaded. The image was produced by the ISIS-linked Wafa Media Foundation. It is the second piece of ISIS propaganda targeting the Vatican over just a few days. Belgian faithful protest over ‘crucified
November 29, 2017
In 1963, when it emerged that he had lied to Parliament about his affair with Christine Keeler, John Profumo apologised, resigned from the government and stood down as an MP. He then disappeared from public life. Despite being wealthy and well connected, he volunteered to do menial work for Toynbee Hall, a charity in the
November 29, 2017
Australia has just been through an unsettling plebiscite over same-sex marriage. In the context of a Royal Commission into institutional responses to child abuse, there has been a heightening of anti-Catholic feeling. Last week several skateboarding 19-year-olds lopped the heads off the statues of Mary and Jesus outside my church. To speak in favour of
November 29, 2017
The freedom to raise your children as you see fit is one of the most fundamental to a free and just society. The Catholic Church has always taught that parents are the primary educators of their child, and both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights recognise this primacy.
November 29, 2017
Most news about Christians in the Middle East these days is gloomy. The Christian presence in Iraq is a fraction of what it was 20 years ago. Syria is wracked by brutal conflict. The burgeoning of Coptic churches outside Egypt is a token of mass emigration. Palestinian and Lebanese Christians have been leaving the region
November 29, 2017
If the late Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, could have foreseen the future she’d have been astonished to glimpse the day would come when an American divorcée could marry an English prince and the entire nation – and world – would be celebrating. Times are different, as are circumstances, as are the personalities involved. Meghan