SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
United Kingdom
February 21, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Legal euthanasia and assisted suicide have no impact on the reduction of violent suicides and might in fact increase their prevalence, a new study has shown. The 35-page analysis in The Journal of Ethics in Mental Health showed that there has been no reduction in violent, or non-assisted suicides, in any European country where physician-assisted
February 09, 2022
CNA Staff
A Catholic doctor is preparing to challenge an order at the High Court in London which blocks him from offering life-saving treatment for unborn babies. Dr Dermot Kearney, a consultant cardiologist and past president of the Catholic Medical Association, is currently prohibited from offering a treatment known as “abortion pill reversal” (APR). The General Medical
February 07, 2022
Simon Caldwell
A High Court judge has sentenced a Catholic former millionaire to a year in jail after he failed to pay a divorce settlement to his aristocratic Austrian ex-wife. Anthony Bailey, 52, a former high-flying public relations consultant, was taken to court by Princess Marie-Therese Elizabeth Hohenberg Bailey, the great-granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination
February 07, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop William Nolan as the new Archbishop of Glasgow. Bishop Nolan will succeed Archbishop Philip Tartaglia who died two days after his 70th birthday in January last year after contracting Covid-19. Bishop Nolan, who has served as Bishop of Galloway since 2015, said he “overwhelmed” by the trust the Pope had
February 05, 2022
Gavin Ashenden
As another Anglican bishop crosses the Tiber, Gavin Ashenden identifies the Synodal path as the ultimate cause of the recent high-profile conversions to Catholicism
February 05, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The former Anglican Bishop of Chester has become a Catholic during a private ceremony in Scotland. Dr Peter Forster, 71, who retired in 2019, is the fourth Anglican bishop to be received into the Catholic faith in a year, and the fifth in the last two years. He also the second bishop from the Evangelical
February 03, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The obligation for Catholics to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days is to be re-introduced in Scotland from the beginning of Lent. The announcement from the Catholic bishops came just a week after the government of Nicola Sturgeon relaxed a wave of new restrictions brought in to slow down the spread of the Omicron
January 27, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Restrictions brought in halt the spread of Covid-19 have been scrapped in churches throughout England and Wales after nearly two years. The wearing of masks inside churches is optional rather than compulsory and there will be no social distancing. The use of shared hymn books has resumed, the sign of peace reintroduced and holy water
January 26, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The English bishops have cancelled scores of Old Rite confirmations following the latest wave of restrictions from Rome against traditional Latin liturgies. Preparations for about 20 confirmations in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite were scheduled to take place at the Birmingham Oratory in February and more than 40 were expected to be conferred
January 17, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Benedictine monks are to move out of historic Downside Abbey as they search for a new home for the community. The last eight monks will lodge at Buckfast Abbey in Devon (pictured) while they attempt to reach a permanent decision about their future. Downside School, an independent Catholic school adjacent to the abbey in Somerset,
January 10, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Parents of gravely ill children could be given a new right to seek treatment in foreign countries under a “Charlie’s Law” amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill. Proposals tabled in the House of Lords seek to make it easier for parents to be part of the life-or-death decisions taken by doctors treating their
January 07, 2022
Luke Coppen CNA
A parish in Nottingham has asked Catholics not to attend Mass if they are “not vaccinated and/or won’t wear a mask.” The Parish of the Holy Family in the east of the city issued the request most recently in a newsletter on Boxing Day. Under the heading “Keeping safe,” the parish asked Massgoers to use
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