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On Thursday Pope Francis will have completed a year as Bishop of Rome, a year in which he has begun to transform the Church. But be in no doubt, argues our Rome correspondent, of just how wide and how deep go his aims for change
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With the increasing pressure on school places, especially in London, I have come to the conclusion that the admissions policies for Catholic primary schools are against natural justice.
As the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ election approaches all sorts of commentators will be saying all sorts of things about how the surprise Argentinian outsider has fared in his first year at the helm of the Catholic Church.
This week’s Tablet reports that Lord Williams of Oystermouth, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, is unhappy about Denmark’s ban last month on the production of halal and kosher meat.
The clue should have been in the word: Cardinal Vincent Nichols promised a “reflection” on the responses to the Vatican survey’s on marriage and family life from Catholics in Westminster Diocese.
There have been calls from some quarters to reform Confession, and a recent Tablet article listed many reasons why Catholics said they had stopped going and even Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has called for “proper reform to the sacrament”.
One of these fresh-faced young men would go on to become the man who Pope Francis is to make a cardinal tomorrow – Westminster Archbishop Vincent Nichols.
In his book Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition of May 2012, Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity at Cambridge University, writes about St John Fisher, the former Chancellor of Cambridge University and founder of the theology departments at both Oxford and Cambridge universities.
On 4 February, the Scottish Parliament voted to pass the Same-Sex Marriage Bill, in a free vote, by the large majority of 105 votes for, to 18 against.
I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with the worship music that’s used in the charismatic end of the Church: I have wished the words had more theological content and poetry; I have wished the words and music related better to each other and essentially made more sense.