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January 16, 2020
Mary Kenny
One of the mottoes I frequently heard in my youth was “handsome is as handsome does”: this is somewhat akin to the biblical words of wisdom “By their fruits ye shall know them”. It’s not what you say that counts – it’s what you do. The nuns were keen also on stressing that character was
January 16, 2020
The Catholic Herald
Parents versus the sex ed establishment SIR – James Caffery’s letter (January 3) highlights a major issue – and source of considerable conflict and dismay – in schools: the incoming RSE, or Relationships and Sex Education, mandatory from September this year. He is right to highlight the call for support from Muslim parents over the
January 16, 2020
Andrew M Brown
It is hazardous to write about children because you risk condescending, or making fun of them in that “kids say the funniest things” way – which in no time will curl the toes of all involved; or you invade their privacy. “Kids” itself sounds patronising to me. So with this in mind I asked our
January 13, 2020
The Catholic Herald
This latest cinematic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 eponymous Civil War classic asks a fundamental question: can little women produce “something of value”? It isn’t clear who is asking the question: Greta Gerwig, the youngish, artsy director, or Sony Pictures, the sales-driven, diversity-obsessed octopus of a movie studio? In just two hours, Gerwig does
January 13, 2020
Christopher R. Altieri
The Vatican’s communications outfit scrambled on Monday to catch up with a media storm surrounding news two priests have written a book defending the Pope’s own stated position on a hot-button issue. Yes, you read that correctly: “Two priests have written a book defending the Pope’s own stated position on a hot-button issue.” When you
January 10, 2020
C C Pecknold
Planned Parenthood released their annual report on Monday. The company performed 345,672 abortion procedures in the 2018-2019 fiscal year— nearly half of all abortions in the United States. They’re not sorry, but the annual report reveals an organization that’s scrambling to defend abortion. Even as their heart-stopping work continues in clinics across the country, the
January 09, 2020
Christopher R. Altieri
Pope Francis delivered his annual “State of the World” speech to diplomats accredited to the Holy See on Thursday morning, in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. At once topical and thematic, the speech usually serves as a sort of “editorial” look back at the year that was, and an opportunity
January 09, 2020
The Catholic Herald
Chile is the new Ireland: a once proud Catholic nation dramatically turning its back on the Church. A survey by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile has found that only 45 per cent of the 19 million population identified as Catholic in 2019, compared to 70 per cent in 2006. This mass disaffiliation isn’t hard
January 09, 2020
Melissa Kite
When, as deputy prime minister, John Prescott punched a protester during the general election campaign in 2001 it nearly ruined his career. I remember it well because I was a political correspondent at Westminster at the time. I was on the Conservative leader William Hague’s battle bus. We journos covering the Tory end of the
January 09, 2020
Christopher R. Altieri
When Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle takes the reins at the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples this month, he will face a host of challenges. Some of them will be local, but they will all be global in scope. It will be a difficult undertaking and he will be on a steep learning curve. Propaganda
January 09, 2020
Fr Raymond de Souza
One of the biggest stories of 2019 took place exactly a year ago. The Diocese of Pittsburgh confirmed that Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington had, in fact, known about Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct, despite his claims to the contrary. The revelations on January 10, 2019 were a mortal blow to the credibility of prelates, precisely
January 09, 2020
Bishop Robert Barron
The new and much-ballyhooed Netflix film The Two Popes should, by rights, be called The One Pope, for it presents a fairly nuanced, textured and sympathetic portrait of Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) and a complete caricature of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). This imbalance fatally undermines the movie, whose purpose, it seems, is to
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