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Kung pins hope on Francis Premium

28 April 2016
Professor Hans Küng, long regarded as the enfant terrible among Catholic theologians though he is now an illustrious 88-year-old, has asked Pope Francis to open a theological dialogue on the subject of infallibility.

Immigration has emerged as a key battleground in the European Union referendum campaign. This could have worrying consequences for peace and stability in the multiracial and multicultural society that Britain has become. There is a sense among the leaders of the Leave campaign that most of the other arguments they have advanced are beginning to look less convincing. In particular the (much disputed) Treasury forecast that an average

There is still a case for a just war Premium

21 April 2016
Just war theory has never been more necessary in international affairs, at precisely the moment when some people are questioning its relevance. It is the moral anchor for the international law of armed conflict, without which the law is left to the mercy of the most powerful states to interpret in whatever way suits them.

There is no sign that the British Government is softening its attitude towards refugees fleeing conflict and persecution in the Middle East. It has repeatedly been criticised for tardiness and lack of generosity by religious leaders of all denominations, but it still seems to be doing as little as possible...

It would be right to describe the publication of Amoris Laetitia by Pope Francis as a minor earthquake, though one preceded by plenty of warning tremors. And while the Catholic Church’s foundations may have been shaken, the walls and roof are still standing.

Like a graceful swan, the Catholic Church may seem to glide serenely above the surface, while below and out of sight, its legs are paddling madly. At least one of those legs may be represented by the Catholic voluntary sector – the hundreds of bodies with tens of thousands of members who work tirelessly for the betterment of humanity, and which, even when technically ecumenical, have the name Catholic in their DNA.

Whole communities have had their futures threatened because the owner of Britain’s main steel manufacturing plants, Tata Steel, has announced that it did not see a viable role for the British steel industry. Some 40,000 people are employed in the industry and many more are dependent on it.

Refusal that shames Britain Premium

31 March 2016
The conviction of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for genocide has brought the concept to the fore, just when the British Government refuses to acknowledge that this is precisely what is happening to Christian and other minorities in Syria and Iraq.

Commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising seemed to cause some unease in political circles in Ireland, not least because Britain and Ireland have buried the hatchet and built a healthy working relationship.

Terrorism will always fail Premium

23 March 2016
New York, 11 September 2001; Madrid, 11 March 2004; London, 7 July 2007; Mumbai, 26-29 November 2008; Nairobi, 21 September 2013; Paris, 13 November 2015 – and now Brussels, 22 March 2016. These are among the “days of infamy” when terrorists have indiscriminately slaughtered innocent civilians who were going about their daily lives.

The rethink on benefits begins here Premium

23 March 2016
There are lies, damned lies, and statements to the House of Commons by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. That point was exemplified by the present Chancellor, George Osborne, this week, who met a torrent of criticism of his Budget presented only a week ago with a torrent of figures to prove he was on the side of the angels.

Francis must target Roman Curia Premium

17 March 2016
Pope Francis’ election three years ago has transformed the mood inside the Catholic Church. There is hope where there was confusion; mercy and compassion where there was judgement and condemnation.

Atax on sugar in soft drinks, the proceeds of which will go to encourage sport in schools, was the one headline-catching item in Wednesday’s Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, which was to everybody’s taste – except perhaps the manufacturers’.

Damaging failings of the Cardinal Premium

10 March 2016
At the end of nearly 20 hours giving evidence to the Royal Commission investigating child abuse in Australia, Cardinal George Pell has not enhanced his reputation. The former archbishop of both Sydney and Melbourne and current head of the Vatican’s finance department was never likely to come out well from such a grilling.

Turkey puts EU resolve to test Premium

10 March 2016
Any acceptable solution to the grave refugee crisis that is preoccupying the governments of Europe will require the full cooperation of Turkey. Yet the Turkish Government seems willing to trade that cooperation only in return for concessions to other Turkish demands that have no connection with the refugee issue.

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