The former priests airbrushed out of the Church’s narrative

17 July 2015 | by Conrad Charles | Comments: 19
Our wedding took place in total secrecy, in a locked Catholic church in the centre of Birmingham, with no witnesses, no family; only the vicar-general of Birmingham Archdiocese who had been given permission by the Vatican for the ceremony to go ahead.

Dear Pope Emeritus, is Mozart the only way to God?

15 July 2015 | by John Bellarmine Vallier | Comments: 32 |
Congratulations for Pope Emeritus Benedict are in order. It's not every day that someone receives two honorary doctorates.

Myths and broken promises around Sunday trading

10 July 2015 | by Bishop Alan Smith | Comments: 1
Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget on Wednesday included a proposal to allow local control over liberalising Sunday trading.

How can Religious life continue?

10 July 2015 | by Sr Maura O'Carroll | Comments: 12
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux and the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy are pulling out of running nursing homes, the Jesuits are closing Heythrop College and the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul are looking for a lay director to lead some of their activities. Sr Maura O'Carroll asks, what is going on?

Osborne's two-child policy and other blows to poorer families

09 July 2015 | by Helen O'Brien | Comments: 3
On Wednesday the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced his July Budget – and what we, and many other charities, church organisations and poverty campaigners were waiting to hear was where the expected £12 billion worth of cuts is to fall.

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.

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