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Where do Pope Francis’ remarks today on the divorced and remarried leave the debate?
US media has been all agog about the latest Gallup Poll numbers alleging that Pope Francis' popularity has waned in America, just prior to his historic visit to Congress and the White House in late September. Is this just a storm in a teacup, or is the fuss justified?
In 2015, UN member bodies will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One “goal” that is already attracting controversy, especially among religious groups, is SDG 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.
Most of Washington’s allies have been reluctant to join its anti-Islamic State (IS) bombing campaign. One of the most conspicuous holdouts, NATO member Turkey, has now reluctantly yielded to American pressure. But its rulers have exacted a stiff price: the right to bomb the region’s most effective anti-IS fighting force – the Syrian and Iraqi-based Kurdish militias.
David Cameron has unveiled his strategy for tackling extremism. Whilst targeted at the Muslim community, the broad nature of the strategy – and its emphasis on enforcing “British values” – effectively means that counter-extremism measures could be used against individuals or organisations who “spread, incite, promote or justify hatred” against others on all sorts of grounds, including sexual orientation.
Here in the US the death penalty’s days are numbered. And none are more encouraged by this than those who spend their lives fighting to end it.
The UN Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa this month was the strangest international conference I have been to.
Over the last couple of years I have been involved in analysing questionnaires sent in by members of my diocese and taken part in parish-level discussions in preparation for the Vatican’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family last October and the forthcoming Synod on the Family this autumn. I have been aware of recurring themes which need to be discussed openly.
“The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1). In his recent encyclical letter on the care of creation, Laudato si’, Pope Francis has provided us with a comprehensive reflection on the implications of this item of faith for our responsibilities towards the life-support systems of our beautiful, yet finite and scarred, planet.
I hope that the voices of the retired Bishops Hollis, Crowley and McMahon are not crying in the wilderness with their support for allowing married men to be ordained.