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.

Greatest threat to Palmyra is Western apathy

22 May 2015 | by Nadim Nassar | Comments: 0
The world seems to be stunned by the rise of Islamic State, paralysed and unable to act in a coherent and effective fashion. ISIS is like a plague, spreading, infecting and destroying, yet the international community, including their leaders and organisations, is confused and helpless.

Speaking to an international group of women and men religious last Saturday, Pope Francis said that the Church needed women’s voices, input, and experiences.

High price to pay for our haphazard social care

22 May 2015 | by JudyAnn Masters | Comments: 0
The first time I went to Peter’s flat, I was overwhelmed – the stench was horrendous in spite of the windows being open. My shoes stuck to the carpet. Peter was living in squalor.

Brexit could undo 70 years of peace-building

15 May 2015 | by Brian Wicker | Comments: 2
The new Tory Government plans to scrap the Human Rights Act of 1998, which incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. This is a move in exactly the wrong direction for it implies that British interests should and will replace those global concerns enshrined for us in the European Union.

Bishops must support the children of priests

15 May 2015 | by David Weber | Comments: 2
The Irish bishops have pledged to fund all counselling needed by clients of a new support group for the children of Irish Catholic priests, Coping International. Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin added: “I pray that Coping will be able to find ways which will bring the children of priests and their natural parents together for the benefit of both.” David Weber, the son of a priest, says globally thousands of people are affected

Six ways to repair the Church-Government relationship

14 May 2015 | by Mark Hoban | Comments: 0
Catholics have more reason than most to reflect on the tensions between Church and State. It was of a Catholic prelate that Henry II said “Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?” How many Catholics assumed - until they saw last Thursday’s exit poll - that the electorate would rid them of this turbulent government?

I knew Dave would win

08 May 2015 | by Julia Langdon | Comments: 2
The question on everyone’s lips today has been about the pollsters. “How did they get it so wrong?” people have been asking, ever since the first results were announced in the early hours of Friday which confirmed the surprising apparent implausibility of the exit poll.

The Ontario Ministry of Education released its updated Health and Physical Education (HPE) Curriculum Guidelines in March, one for elementary schools and another for secondary schools, both replacing the curriculum that had last been updated in 1999.

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