- Conscience and the Commons
Following his election as Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron was grilled by the media about his beliefs as an evangelical Christian. Has the focus on faith, which began with Tony Blair, reached the point where it is harder than ever to hold religious beliefs and play an active role in political life?
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Many Christians, above all in Germany, are overjoyed that Catholic and Protestant leaders have courageously agreed that the Protestant and Catholic Churches will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation together.
Brentwood Diocese recently decided to axe 10 jobs and the people doing them. It portrayed the change as a really good thing, overall, despite conceding its harmful effect on the staff who were losing their employment.
Euthanasia was legalised in Belgium in 2002 for terminally ill patients. But Wim Distelmans, the chairman of the Federal Euthanasia Commission, recently reported that between 2 and 3 per cent of the 1,924 people who died last year by euthanasia were psychiatric patients. Bipolar disorder was the majority diagnosis.
The word “redemption” is used in two particular ways. First, it’s a religious word, referring to the process by which human beings are saved.
There is much common ground between Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato si' and Islamic teaching on the environment.
Those who have advocated a “penitential pathway” for divorced and remarried couples to travel on if they want to receive Communion – including the unnamed advocates in the just-released working document – or Instrumentum Laboris – for October’s Synod on the Family – rarely develop the proposal.
Bishop Mussinghoff’s request that Pope Francis revoke the Good Friday prayer for the Jewish people according to the Tridentine Rite has come at a fitting moment in this year of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council declaration that set the Church on a new path of dialogue with the Jewish people.
The news that Heythrop College will no longer be a higher education college in the University of London brings a sorry end to the Jesuit project to bring theology to the capital and to the wider academy.
The excellent papal encyclical Laudato si’ is addressed to everybody but it challenges Catholics in particular to address the effects of climate change. In England and Wales environmental initiatives by Catholics thus far have been limited – the responsibility for such things in the most part being passed to the bishops’ overseas aid and development charity, Cafod.
After migrants yesterday tried to board lorries held up by striking ferry workers in Calais, David Cameron on Wednesday said that the UK needs to work with European partners to stop the problem "at source", breaking the link between travelling to Europe by boat and "getting settlement" in Europe.