SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
United Kingdom
March 27, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The sins of mankind represent the greatest threat to world peace, the Bishop of Shrewsbury has said. In a pastoral letter to coincide with the consecration by Pope Francis of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Rt Rev. Mark Davies said sin not only took away peace but also prevented concord
March 24, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Tyburn Convent could face a Vatican investigation after a majority of the nuns refused to accept vaccinations against Covid-19. The enclosed Benedictine community in the heart of London was referred to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life by the Archdiocese of Westminster following unspecified external “allegations” connected to the
March 24, 2022
Staff Reporter
The UK office of a charity helping persecuted and other suffering Christians has announced the appointment of its new chief executive.  Dr Caroline Hull will take over from Neville Kyrke-Smith as national director of the British section of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Dr Hull, who is currently ACN (UK)’s Head
March 17, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The House of Lords has rejected the latest attempt to legalise assisted suicide in England and Wales. Peers voted by 179 votes to 145 against Lord Forsyth’s amendment to the Health and Care Bill that would have forced the Government to bring forward assisted suicide legislation within a year. It is the 12th time since
March 16, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Government inspectors have found safeguarding at Ampleforth College to be “inadequate” after the head teacher lost the right to veto which monks resided at the nearby abbey. Ofsted inspectors also identified instances in which sexual activity took place between vulnerable pupils at the boarding school in North Yorkshire. They reported that Class A drugs were
March 15, 2022
CNA Staff
A Catholic activist insisted on Monday that his UK-based human rights monitoring group would not be silenced after Hong Kong police threatened him with three years in jail. Benedict Rogers spoke out after receiving a formal warning from the Hong Kong Police Force’s National Security Department regarding Hong Kong Watch, an NGO he founded in
March 14, 2022
Carl Bunderson/CNA
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster reflected on the priesthood on Saturday, preaching at the Mass of the priestly ordination of Jonathan Goodall, a former Church of England bishop. “As we come to this ordination, I suggest that there are two sets of words and images with which to understand the priesthood that we ask of
March 11, 2022
Gavin Ashenden
As the Catholic John Fisher school comes under fire for its decision to disinvite LGBTQ+ author Simon Green, Dr Gavin Ashenden notes that those demanding inclusivity are the most intolerant
March 10, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The Archdiocese of Southwark is facing an investigation by the Government after cancelling a visit by a gay children’s author to two Catholic schools. Simon James Green, whose teenage fiction contains highly-sexualised content and sexual language, was invited to The John Fisher School in Purley, south London, and a Catholic primary in Gravesend, Kent. But
March 09, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Two former Anglican bishops are due to be ordained as Catholic priests within the next few weeks. Jonathan Goodall, the former Bishop of Ebbsfleet, will be consecrated in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday March 12 and John Goddard, the former Bishop of Burnley, will be ordained a Catholic priest in the Lutyens Chapel of the Metropolitan
March 07, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The General Medical Council has dramatically lifted restrictions on a Catholic doctor banned from helping women “reverse abortions” after they changed their minds during the procedure. Caseworkers for the GMC dismissed every allegation against Dr Dermot Kearney, a past president of the Catholic Medical Association, and concluded that there is no case to answer. They
March 03, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The Prince of Wales has visited the spiritual leader of Ukrainian Catholics in the UK to show his solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Joined by wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles paid tribute to the “extraordinary bravery, generosity and fortitude of the Ukrainian community” in the face of the invasion of the
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