SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
United Kingdom
September 26, 2021
Simon Caldwell
A university has performed a U-turn on its decision to “cancel” a Catholic chaplain after he tweeted against abortion and assisted suicide. The University of Nottingham has announced that it will now allow Fr David Palmer to serve Catholic students on campus “with immediate effect”. During the summer it refused to recognise his appointment by
September 23, 2021
Simon Caldwell
The High Court has thrown out a landmark challenge to the law that permits abortion up to birth of disabled children. The case was brought by Heidi Crowter, 26, who has Down’s syndrome, and Máire Lea-Wilson, 33, the mother of a toddler with the condition. They argued that the 1967 Abortion Act was discriminatory because
September 23, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Police have questioned a man in connection with the theft of rosary beads which belonged to Mary Queen of Scots. The beads are said to have been carried by Mary, the Catholic first cousin once removed of the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, when she was went to her execution at Fotheringhay Castle in
September 21, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Catholics throughout England and Wales are to be called to nine days of prayer at the intercession of Pope St John Paul II as part of their collective attempt to help to defeat the new assisted suicide Bill. The Bishops of England and Wales are drawing up a “novena” to the saint after they saw
September 17, 2021
Simon Caldwell
A Catholic librarian sacked after she criticised a local council for handing a multi-million pound construction contract to a state-owned Chinese firm is to take her case to employment tribunal. Maureen O’Bern, who worked at Leigh Library, Greater Manchester, for 34 years was suspended then fired when she objected on social media to the involvement
September 16, 2021
Simon Caldwell
The Queen is to be asked to grant a royal pardon to a Catholic abbot martyred during the Reformation. Residents in Glastonbury, Somerset, aim to petition Queen Elizabeth II to exonerate Blessed Richard Whiting from treason almost 500 years after he was hanged, drawn and quartered on Glastonbury Tor. So far the petition has been
September 15, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Catholics were today urged to redouble their efforts to oppose a Bill to legalise assisted suicide after the British Medical Association adopted a policy of neutrality. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, an outspoken critic of the Assisted Dying Bill said the move by the doctors’ union should act as a spur to action by those
September 15, 2021
Christine Rousselle/CNA
Washington D.C., Sep 14, 2021 / 17:02 pm In a significant shift, the trade union for doctors in the United Kingdom, is no longer officially opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide. In a Sept. 14 announcement, the British Medical Association adopted a “neutral” stance on the issue, following a vote at its annual representative
September 14, 2021
Simon Caldwell
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is today mourning the death of his Catholic mother who has passed away “suddenly and peacefully” in a London hospital. Charlotte Johnson Wahl, 79, had Mr Johnson baptised into her faith as a baby but he elected to worship as an Anglican when he went to Eton College. Few details
September 13, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of Wales, has strongly denounced assisted suicide just days after his predecessor reiterated his support for the controversial practice. In a statement submitted to the British Medical Journal, Lord Williams of Oystermouth warned medics that a change in the law would lead to “overstrained families” and
September 08, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Pope Francis has united with Orthodox and Anglican leaders to urge people everywhere to “eat, travel, spend, invest and live differently” in an attempt to save the planet from destruction. In their first ever joint statement, the Pope joined Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to plead with people
September 08, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Catholic bishops have severely criticised the arms trade on the eve of one of the world’s largest fairs. Three English bishops and a Scottish bishop joined justice and peace activist in signing a statement attacking the trade in global weaponry. The intervention comes just days before the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair
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