SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
United Kingdom
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
September 04, 2021
Simon Caldwell
  The Archbishop of Canterbury has accepted the resignation of a traditionalist “flying” bishop who wishes to convert to the Catholic faith. Bishop Jonathan Goodall of Ebbsfleet will on Wednesday step down as an Anglican bishop after eight years following a period of reflection which, he said, was “among the most testing periods of my
September 03, 2021
Simon Caldwell
A group committed to upholding the right to freedom of speech has threated a university with legal action after it “cancelled” a Catholic chaplain because of the views he expressed about abortion and assisted suicide. The Free Speech Union (FSU) said it will take the University of Nottingham to court unless it reversed its decision
September 02, 2021
Simon Caldwell
  A priest “cancelled” by the University of Nottingham after he expressed pro-life opinions about abortion and assisted suicide has assured students that he will serve them as chaplain. In a video message recorded for the Catholic Herald, Fr David Palmer told students that he would continue in the role in spite of the decision
September 01, 2021
Simon Caldwell
The former head of the UK’s largest private abortion provider has come to the defence of a Catholic university chaplain “cancelled” for expressing his pro-life opinions. Ann Furedi, until recently the chief executive officer of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), said Nottingham University was “stupid” for refusing to recognise Fr David Palmer as chaplain
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