The immediate negative response of those opposed to any form of assisted dying to the reintroduction of Lord (Charles) Falconer’s bill typifies the polarised and emotive nature of the debate thus far.

Australian Catholics humiliated by the sins of the Fathers

03 June 2015 | by Fr Peter Day | Comments: 13
This past couple of weeks the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia has shone yet more light on the terrible abuse committed by church leaders; this time in Ballarat, Victoria. It’s enough to bring a man to his knees.

Should a priest refuse to baptise the child of unwed parents?

02 June 2015 | by Fr Ashley Beck | Comments: 6
Last week the Daily Mail reported on a vicar who has allegedly refused baptism to a child because his parents are not married.

Lord Patten of Barnes takes on Sir Humphrey of the Vatican

01 June 2015 | by Brendan Walsh | Comments: 3
There might, Lord (Chris) Patten of Barnes wryly admitted to Edward Stourton on the Radio 4 Sunday programme yesterday morning, be an element of Mgr Humphrey in the Vatican’s response to his report recommending bold reforms to the way the Church takes its message to the world.

DfID needs to be clearer on what its private-sector focus achieves

29 May 2015 | by Beck Wallace | Comments: 0
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is failing to make sure that aid money it channels into projects with private sector firms is actually reducing poverty, a report from the Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) found last week.

Guess who’s ended up embodying the Big Society

29 May 2015 | by Matt Bird | Comments: 0
At the beginning of his first term as Prime Minister, faced with limited resources and growing needs across the nation, David Cameron proposed the idea of the “Big Society” – communities coming together to help and support those people most in need within them.

The Catholic Church in Ireland needs “a reality check”, the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, said immediately after the results of the country’s historic referendum, in which the country voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage.

A certain beauty about watching Cardinal Burke in action

29 May 2015 | by Katherine Backler | Comments: 12
Cardinal Raymond Burke’s two-day visit to Oxford was a chance for me to meet the man behind the headlines – and be surprised.

Irish vote shows the Church needs to rethink its theology of sexuality

25 May 2015 | by Ursula Halligan | Comments: 15
I wasn't present in any polling station when the votes on the same-sex marriage referendum were being counted.

Even the gangs declared a truce for Romero’s beatification

25 May 2015 | by Clare Dixon in San Salvador | Comments: 0
Torrential rain on the eve of a holiday weekend may dampen our spirits in the UK, but in drought-stricken El Salvador, Friday’s downpour heralded an auspicious start to the biggest weekend in the country’s history.

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