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Old habits of denial die hard, even as we watch the “Trojan Horse” disgorge its sinister cargo on our television screens.

In January 2014 the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, celebrated Christian Unity week by labelling the work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) “irrelevant to the ordinary Christian”. He argued that the 45 year-old dialogue should be abandoned in favour of small, local collaborations between Anglicans and Catholics.

09 June 2014 | by Fr Seán McDonagh, SSC

The rosy picture painted by the nuncio to Ireland is an illusion

On the day that the papal nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, told the US-based Catholic News Service that he saw “that Irish Catholicism had entered a new springtime,” representatives of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) were trying to convince a group of Irish bishops that the Irish Catholic Church was facing, among other things, a vocational crisis of enormous magnitude.

The tectonic plates of British politics are shifting. Ukip’s resounding victory at the European elections is a seismic tremor which saw Labour and the Tories pushed into second and third place, and the Lib Dems into fifth place behind the Greens.

Six years since the financial crisis and the City is still largely as short-term profit-focused as ever. It was refreshing to hear that admitted by Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, and Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, at the Inclusive Capitalism conference in London on Tuesday.

Another week, another litany of attacks that bear the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militia terrorising large parts of Nigeria.

As a practising Catholic who divorced, obtained an annulment and some years later, remarried, I read with interest that Cardinal Nichols said he was struck by a comment that the Church needed to "uphold marriage but create space for where it fails."

Jackie Onassis never wrote an autobiography. She was, in the words of her biographer Sarah Bradford, “a complex woman of many facets” but above all she had a strong “desire for privacy and concealment”. If Jackie never revealed much about her private life, that was her choice.

16 May 2014 | by Margaret Susan Thompson

What do the US nuns see in conscious evolution?

In light of the generally laudatory reception of Pope Francis among US Catholics, the 30 April statement by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has surprised, saddened, and even shocked many American Catholics.

I have only recently, in advanced middle age, been received into the Catholic Church completely unexpectedly and definitely against my will, because of profound spiritual experiences.


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