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How can the Reformation Jubilee be a celebration for Catholics?

06 July 2015 | by Paul Röttig | Comments: 3
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.

What is going on in Brentwood Diocese?

03 July 2015 | by Mark Lee | Comments: 19
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.

What happens when you euthanase the mentally ill

01 July 2015 | by Sheila Hollins | Comments: 4
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 argument between Greece and Germany is about far more than money

01 July 2015 | by Revd Dr Giles Fraser | Comments: 6
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.

Pope's encyclical is a wake-up call to all religions

29 June 2015 | by Fazlun Khalid | Comments: 1
There is much common ground between Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato si' and Islamic teaching on the environment.

Heythrop’s closure could have been avoided

26 June 2015 | by Brendan McCarthy | Comments: 3
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.

Pope Benedict’s Good Friday prayer caused huge offence and should go

26 June 2015 | by Sr Margaret Shepherd | Comments: 16
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.

Should the Church come between Christ and his flock?

26 June 2015 | by Bill Wright | Comments: 5
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.

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.

European ambivalence to migrants is staggering – and hypocritical

24 June 2015 | by Karolina Babicka | Comments: 2
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.

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