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August 11, 2022
The Catholic Herald
For some, it will be a cause for celebration, for others, a portent of worse to come. The UK’s Office of National Statistics – Britain’s equivalent to the US Census Bureau – revealed this week that, for the first time since records began, a majority of babies were born out of wedlock in England and
August 08, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle – fast-emerging as a frontrunner to succeed Pope Francis, as rumours grow about a looming papal resignation – has been in the United Kingdom. A guest at the Anglican Lambeth Conference, the papabile offered a progressive message, a potential sign of what could be in store should the Cardinal succeed
August 07, 2022
Simon Caldwell
An internationally-respected Catholic bioethics centre has called for urgent reforms of UK law after doctors ended the life of a brain-damaged 12-year-old boy against the wishes of his parents. Archie Battersbee, 12, died in the Royal London Hospital at 12.15pm on Saturday following the removal of artificial ventilation and other treatment at 10am the same
August 05, 2022
Gavin Ashenden
The Anglican Communion risks imploding if it continues to put sex before sanctity, says Gavin Ashenden
August 01, 2022
The Catholic Herald
The Catholic Church in the Anglosphere and western Europe is in no small part today being propped up by immigration, but this is not a long-term solution for the survival of the Church across the Western world. There are two key reasons for this: the first is the decline in Catholic affiliation in much of
July 29, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Opus Dei found unwelcome fame and undeserved notoriety at the hand of thr infamous but hugely successful novelist Dan Brown. It has returned to the public stage this week, not in the form of the imaginative parody the Da Vinci Code presented, but because of the pope’s most recent letter. Entitled ‘Ad charisma tuendum’ “For
July 29, 2022
Dr Michael Nazir-Ali
In July 2022, just before Boris Johnson’s resignation, Nick Timothy—Theresa May’s former Chief of Staff—surveyed in the Daily Telegraph the detritus of law-breaking by lawmakers, parliamentary sleaze, cash-for-honours and the possible misleading of Parliament, and called for moral renewal in our nation and among our elected representatives. It is a highly laudable call, but how
July 22, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Ann Widdecombe, the former Conservative Cabinet Minister and MEP for the Brexit Party, speaks to fellow Catholic convert Dr Gavin Ashenden, in this 14th episode of the Merely Catholic podcast series for the Catholic Herald about the future of the Church of England to which they both once belonged. Miss Widdecombe says Anglicanism is terminally
July 21, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Unless you happen to live under a rock, you won’t fail to have noticed that the UK is currently being forced to endure yet another underwhelming Tory leadership election contest – the ruling party having defenestrated its leader and Prime Minister, it now falls to a small coterie of party members to select from a
July 21, 2022
Simon Caldwell
A grandmother has successfully challenged a penalty given to her while out walking and silently praying near an abortion facility. A police officer approached Rosa Lalor, 76, of Liverpool, during the lockdown in February 2021 and questioned her about why she was outdoors. She answered that she was “walking and praying”. The officer responded that
July 13, 2022
Andrew Cusack
Andrew Cusack on the current line-up to succeed Boris Johnson at No.10
July 13, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Last week, Boris Johnson finally packed his bags. Or, at least, he started to. The Tory PM – who is credited with ‘getting Brexit done’, and broadly having made a decent fist of COVID and the UK response to the war in Ukraine – was eventually beset with scandals, as well as a growing loss
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