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The clergy sexual abuse crisis has been, and remains today, ultimately a crisis regarding the responsibility of church authorities. The profound distrust of institutions – law, science, education, government – that permeates our society permeates our church as well. This distrust strikes at the heart of a hierarchical structure – that those who bear the most responsibility and most power have at times failed us. "Put not your trust in princes," sang the psalmist. Indeed, many Catholics no longer do.

Christians are a tiny minority in Bangladesh: there are only 400,000 Catholics in a population of over 160 million.

Did not Cardinal Hume’s arrangement with Rome over the Anglican clergy who wished to be received into the Church drive a cart and horse through the celibacy issue?

Francis appears to be consciously adding to a line of reflection that has been slowly gathering pace; a case for the Church to call on those who animate law to exercise restraint in the use of the arsenal of cruel powers the state has at its disposal.

On Monday (30 July) the Supreme Court was faced with the question as to whether “a court order must always be obtained before clinically assisted nutrition and hydration, which is keeping alive a person with a prolonged disorder of consciousness, can be withdrawn, or whether, in some circumstances, this can occur without court involvement.” The answer was that a court order was not necessary where the cessation of hydration and nutrition was in the patient’s “best interests.” This brings in euthanasia by omission.

18 July 2018 | by Sven Milekic

Croatia: Where Football Is Much More Than A Game

Sunday 15 July 2018 was an unusually cool and rainy summer evening in Zagreb. Despite losing the World Cup final to France, thousands of people hit the streets to celebrate an unexpected success, full of pride.

This weekend churches all over Great Britain and the world will mark Sea Sunday – a day to remember seafarers and to pray for them, their families and for all who support them.

The Community of Sant’Egidio is an influential diplomatic actor, which has solved numerous conflicts in third world countries. In fact, the NGO is nicknamed the “UN of Trastevere”, after the Rome borough in which it is found.

As Jimmy Burns joined the People's Vote march in London, he found himself wanting to go on believing that more unites Britain with Europe than divides it, and that there is much to be learned from each other to make it a better European Union, not least in developing a coherent, practical and humanitarian immigration policy.

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