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.

The Pope is right: we must do more to protect our Common Home

19 June 2015 | by David Nussbaum, Chief Executive of WWF UK | Comments: 1
Planet Earth is, as the sub-title of the Pope’s new encyclical calls it, the “common home” for humanity. And it’s a home that is increasingly falling into disrepair, due to lack of care by the tenants to whom it has been entrusted.

Laudato Si’ needs to shake politicians into action

18 June 2015 | by Philippa Bonella | Comments: 2
The publication by Pope Francis of Laudato Si’: On the care of our common home is a huge contribution to the debate on the environment around the world.

Protecting the environment: the Pope fills the leadership gap left by the world's politicians

18 June 2015 | by Professor Lord Nicholas Stern | Comments: 3
The publication of the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home is of enormous significance. He has shown great wisdom and leadership.

Pope’s abuse tribunal should also lift the lid on historic cases

15 June 2015 | by Danny Sullivan | Comments: 2
On 10 June Pope Francis’ “C9” advisory group of cardinals had one of their regular meetings with him, and if we needed persuading that Pope Francis was serious about reform, the three matters reported on related to: the Vatican finances and how they were overseen, the reorganisation of Vatican communications and radical proposals from the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Northern Ireland needs a biblical solution to the gay cake row

10 June 2015 | by Maria Exall, Cutting Edge Consortium | Comments: 7
The vote last month on same sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland represents a sea change in social attitudes and brings into stark relief the rejection (four times so far) by the Northern Ireland Assembly of equal marriage legislation.

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.

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