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A Call to Action (ACTA) is a movement of more than 2,000 lay and ordained Catholics that was founded by seven priests towards the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.
In recent weeks, we’ve had many Letters to the Editor, on a rough count 100 or so, on the subject of Fr Gerald O’Collins’ appeal to the world’s English-speaking bishops calling for the abandonment of the translation of the Mass at present in use.
“Easter is not just one of the most important moments in the Christian calendar; it is also for the BBC the best way of illustrating its commitment to programming in this area.” This bold statement accompanying the BBC’s release of its Easter broadcast schedule seems – on the face of it - justified by a strong and varied slate of programming.
The Grand Mufti of Egypt recently issued a statement on terrorism and extremism, saying that the violence that has been and is still being perpetrated is condemned as being “a complete violation of Islamic law and norms”.
Cologne’s cardinal, Rainer Maria Woelki, has shown a touch of the populist as well as of a pastor, worthy of Pope Francis, in his attempt to check the vainglorious claims by FIFA president Sepp Blatter that football’s international governing body represents a greater universal benefit to society than religion.
I add my voice and prayer to Fr O’Collins SJ, call for the 1998 English Missal translation, which was approved by more than two-thirds of the United States bishops, to replace the present failed text of the New Roman Missal.
It may seem strange that Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet Kings and head of the House of York, should be buried in Leicester. There is an explanation for this odd occurrence, but it illustrates the religious ignorance and insensitivity of the secular establishment.
Pope Francis must hope that his swift, decisive action against Cardinal Keith O'Brien will draw the line under a scandal that done great harm to the Church in Scotland and beyond.
I was filled with gratitude towards Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for their statements supporting the reality that every child needs to know and be raised in a natural family. “The only family is the traditional one,” Dolce boldly declared in an interview with the Italian Panorama magazine. The designers – one-time partners –spoke endearing common sense comments about marriage and family, focused on children’s rights and their need for their biological mother and father.
In the last general election I voted for the Liberal Democrats, the two main reasons being their pledge to oppose a rise in tuition fees, and Vince Cable’s expertise on the economy.