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.

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.

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