SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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The Archbishop's easygoing persona was a social strategy – and a theological stance
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We're trying to build a Nazareth in Lancashire
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Nuns, priests, a journalist and a certain cardinal are all in the running for canonisation
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August 02, 2018
The fall of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, whose resignation from the College of Cardinals was accepted by Pope Francis last Saturday, makes distressing reading. Although there has been no response to the allegations, we have heard many stories of ruined lives. The Archdiocese of New York describes one allegation of McCarrick abusing a teenager as “credible”.
August 02, 2018
✣ Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation What happened? Pope Francis accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Theodore McCarrick after two allegations that he sexually abused children. The former Archbishop of Washington has been ordered to live “a life of prayer and penance” until the outcome of a canonical trial. McCarrick, who is
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✣ Highlights from the week online The priest sacked for preaching Catholicism Much is written about the intolerance of students banning whatever or whomever they don’t like. But Mary Wakefield, writing at the Spectator, said the real problem was the adults. “Under the guise of safeguarding students, behind a smokescreen of ethics committees, the adults
August 02, 2018
Managua Tens of thousands rally in support of Nicaragua’s bishops A huge crowd of Nicaraguans marched in support of their bishops in the capital of Managua on Saturday, waving flags and holding up statues of the Virgin Mary. The gathering, called a “Pilgrimage in solidarity with the bishops and shepherds”, came after Daniel Ortega, the
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Francis’s packed August schedule includes a daunting trip to Ireland Pope Francis is back to work this coming week, after a month of “staycation” in the Casa Santa Marta. His schedule was reduced, and his General Audiences were suspended for the month of July. The Pope was not, however, given over entirely to rest and
August 02, 2018
Local councils are increasingly trying to silence pro-life groups A pro-life charity has condemned a London council for its “authoritarian and discriminatory” decision to remove a pro-life stall from a fete. Life, an organisation that helps women in crisis pregnancies, was allowed to set up a stall at the Lambeth Country Show last month. However,
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The cardinal’s formidable record on abuse is being tested In 2014, Pope Francis chose Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston to head the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Holy Father’s top council of advisors on the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy. When reports began piling up that Theodore