SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
United Kingdom
November 26, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Politicians in Jersey have taken the first major steps toward legalising both euthanasia and assisted suicide. Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, the diocese which includes the Channel Islands, described the move as a “devastating” development which would put the lives of elderly people in grave danger. Members of the States Assembly voted by 36 to
November 25, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has spoken of his sorrow at the drownings of 27 migrants in the English Channel. A pregnant woman and three children were among the dead in the worst tragedy in the Channel since the migrant crisis began as they tried to cross in a boat one French Minister likened to a paddling
November 25, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Catholics in England and Wales are to be asked to find homes for thousands of Afghanistan refugees fleeing the Taliban. Parishes will be requested to make large houses available for extended families and to provide the Muslim refugees with such items as clothing and computer technology. Ordinary Catholics will be encouraged to befriend the Afghans
November 22, 2021
Simon Caldwell
The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days will not be restored in time for Christmas because of the continuing threat from COVID-19. The bishops of England and Wales wanted to bring back the obligation by the First Sunday of Advent but have conceded that the pandemic meant it was still too dangerous
November 19, 2021
Simon Caldwell
The relics of St Bernadette are to tour the churches of Britain next year, the bishops have announced. A section of bone from her thigh is to be taken to the major cathedrals and churches of the dioceses of England, Scotland and Wales in autumn 2022. It will give British Catholics the chance to make
November 19, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Catholics march on ‘Day of Action’ in support of new climate change policies
November 18, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Churches are naïve if they support the asylum claims of Muslim migrants who seek to avoid deportation by converting to Christianity, a high-profile former Anglican bishop has said following a failed bomb attack in Liverpool. Fr Michael Nazir-Ali said reports that people-traffickers were advising migrants to strengthen their claims by becoming Christians were “well-founded”. Although
November 16, 2021
Simon Caldwell
More than three million human embryos have been created and destroyed by scientists in the UK the last 30 years, government figures have revealed. The Department of Health has disclosed that between August 1991 and December 2019 a total of 3,106,319 embryos were artificially produced then discarded. The majority are surplus to in vitro fertilisation
November 13, 2021
Staff Reporter
On Friday, the Grand Magistry of the Order of Malta announced the death of Fra’ Matthew Festing, the 79th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, who died in Malta, aged 71. Elected in March 2008, the charismatic Amplefordian served as Grand Master until January 2017 after being forced to resign by the Vatican
November 10, 2021
Kevin Jones/CNA
Belfast, Northern Ireland, Nov 9, 2021 / 17:01 pm Peaceful sidewalk efforts to reach women considering an abortion are in peril if a proposed “draconian” Northern Ireland bill passes, pro-life advocates have warned, calling for concerned citizens to respond to the public comment period ending on Friday, Nov. 12. “The purpose of the bill is
November 10, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Police and the Catholic Church are to form a joint group to examine the role of priests in emergency situations following the denial of last rites to murdered Catholic MP Sir David Amess. Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick have agreed to work together to establish the group to study the
November 08, 2021
Joseph Bukuras/CNA
Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 6, 2021 / 17:26 pm When Loyola Marymount University student Megan Glaudini heard that her university was not stopping an on-campus fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, she felt “convicted” that she needed to do something.  “Upon hearing about the Planned Parenthood fundraiser on campus, originally, I was just completely disgusted and embarrassed,
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