17th February 2012

17th February 2012
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Archbishop: Secularists Are Holding Back The Faithful

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE Archbishop of Westminster has said that secularist intolerance is preventing believers from making “some of the best contributions” to the common......

Ramsgate Treasures Are Saved For Church

BY DAVID V BARRETT MANY OF the ecclesiastical treasures from the former Benedictine Abbey in Ramsgate have been saved for the Church. The items, including a monstrance, a......

Benedict Xvi And Dr Rowan Williams To Pray In Rome Church

BY ED WEST POPE BENEDICT XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pray together at the church of San Gregorio al Celio in Rome next month. Dr Rowan Williams will have an......

Bayern Munich Seek The Pope’s Support

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN POPE BENEDICT XVI may be offered a lifetime honorary membership of the German football club Bayern Munich. Club president Uli Hoeness has confirmed that......

Priest: I Wear My Collar When I Surf

BY DAVID V BARRETT A VOCATIONS director in America has spoken about his former life as a surfer and drug user. Fr Donald Calloway of the Congregation of Marians of the......

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Archbishop Visits Parish After Priest Is Convicted

BY DAVID V BARRETT JESUS CHRIST brings wholeness and healing into our lives. That was the message of Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham to the parishioners of St Giles,......

Tyburn Mourns Nun Who ‘lived For The Glory Of God’

BY SIMON CALDWELL BENEDICTINE NUN Mother Mary Edmund Campion died at Tyburn Convent in London, on January 31, aged 93, in the 63rd year of her religious profession. Born......

Archbishop Marks 50th Anniversary Of Ordination

ARCHBISHOP Patrick Kelly of Liverpool is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood this week. Born in Morecambe in 1938, he was ordained on February 18......

Diocese Promotes Environment

THE CARE OF God’s creation is the focus of a new leaflet about the environment which has been produced for the Diocese of Westminster’s 214 parishes in London and......

Maryê¼s Meals Receives Boost

TELEVISION presenter Dermot O’Leary, has backed a campaign by Scottish Catholiccharity Mary’s Meals. The “Big Blue Mug” campaign invites people to buy a bright blue mug......

Priest Queries Site Eviction

THE PARISH priest closest to the Dale Farm Travellers site in Essex has said that last summer’s eviction was a mistake. Fr Dan Mason of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Wickford,......

Archbishop Says More Financial Reform Is Needed

BY DAVID V BARRETT THE FINANCIAL sector still has “a long way to go” in its reform and its rebuilding of trust, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said in a......

Pop Group Pays Tribute To Slain Pakistani Leader

BY DAVID V BARRETT A CATHOLIC pop group has recorded a song in honour of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistani minorities minister who was shot dead last March, in the week that one of......

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Bishop: Raise Your Voices In Defence Of Marriage

BY DAVID V BARRETT GOD , NOT PARLIAMENT , is the author of marriage, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said last weekend in an attack on Government plans to introduce same-sex......

Coalition Rules Out Marriage Tax Break

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE COALITION Government has ruled out plans to introduce a tax break for married couples in next month’s budget. Chancellor George Osborne angered......

Archbishop Nichols Builds Ties With Armenian Orthodox Church

ARCHBISHOP Vincent Nichols of Westminster met Bishop Vahan Hovhannesian, the Primate of the Armenian Orthodox Church in the UK and Ireland, last week. Bishop Hovhannesian, who......

Wembley Arena To Host Young Catholics

BY ED WEST THE CATHOLIC Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) is hoping to fill the 11,000 capacity Wembley Arena for the Flame Congress next month. The organisers have already......

Faithful Donate â£100,000 To Fund The Ordinariate

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE PERSONAL Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has received approximately £100,000 in charitable donations in the space of seven months. Since the......

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Cardinal: Un Head’s Speech Was ‘stupid’

VATICAN NOTEBOOK Edward Pentin A senior African Vatican official has called on all bishops to respond more forcefully to efforts by the United Nations to impose policies on......

Bishop Mediates Dispute Over Mining In Panama

A PROTEST by indigenous groups in Panama opposed to a government plan to open tribal lands to mining ended ended after a bishop persuaded the authorities to listen to the......

Priest Resigns Over New Translation

BISHOP EDWARD Braxton of Belleville has accepted the resignation of a long-serving parish priest with whom he has had discussions about how the priest celebrates Mass. Fr......

Pope Says God Is Always Near

GOD is near even though it may seem like he does not hear people’s prayers or has abandoned his flock, Pope Benedict XVI has said. Speaking at his general audience he said:......

Wyd Brazil Logo Is Unveiled

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2013 officials have unveiled the winning logo for the event at a ceremony attended by more than 100 Brazilian bishops. The logo, by 25-yearold Gustavo Huguenin,......

Faithful Flee Homs But Priests Stay Behind

BY STAFF REPORTER MANY PRIESTS have decided to stay in the battle-scarred Syrian city of Homs, even as government forces intensify their strikes at the heart of the revolt......

American Cardinal Is Laid To Rest

CARDINAL ANTHONY BEVILACQUA was laid to rest in the crypt of the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul last week, joining Archbishop Patrick Ryan, Cardinals Dennis Dougherty......

Church ‘can No Longer Wait For Next Abuse Crisis’

BY CAROL GLATZ THE CHURCH can no longer wait for a crisis to erupt before it begins to address the scandal of abuse, one of the Church’s leading archbishops in the developing......

Congolese Cardinal To Preach For The Pope

BY MARY SHOVLAIN CONGOLESE Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo has been chosen to preach at Pope Benedict XVI’s annual Lenten retreat on the theme “Communion of the Christian with......

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Dolan: Us Bishops Still Opposed To Contraception Rule

BY FRANCIS X ROCCA Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New Yorkhas saidthat President Barack Obama’s proposed revision ofthe contraceptive mandate inthe health reform law has......

Hong Kong Cardinal Fears Chinese Schism

BY MARY SHOVLAIN CARDINAL Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has saidthat the Chinese Catholic Church is “on the verge of a schism” between communities cooperating with government......

Court Approves Ads For Help With Assisted Suicide

BY STAFF REPORTER A UNANIMOUS decision by the Georgia supreme court that struck down a law banning people from publicly advertising to help with assisted suicide puts the......

Pope Calls For Aid To The Sahel Region

BY MARY SHOVLAIN POPE BENEDICT XVI has urged the international community to address the problems of poverty and malnutrition in Africa’s Sahel region. The Pope told members......

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‘a Forger Would Have Needed A Miracle’

Rory Fitzgerald talks to Dr Paolo Di Lazzaro, the sober-minded Italian scientist investigating the mysteries of the Turin Shroud L ast Christmas the world’s media became......

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Which Hospital Chapel Do You Prefer?

I n the last 25 years or so things have changed dramatically in the provision of hospital chapels. Given the religious pluralism of today’s society it is inevitable, and quite......

Meet The Toughest Clerics Who Ever Lived

Daniel Kalder says that St Ignatius set a high standard when a cannonball tore open his leg and the bone was sawn off with no anaesthetic E arly Christian practice emphasised......

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Lent: A Time To Go To War – With Yourself

Mgr Andrew Wadsworth says that the liturgy presents Lent as a season offierce spiritual battle against our sinful nature T he Italians call Lent one of the tempi forti , the......

This Is No Great Loss

John Duddington on what the council prayer ruling really means C an public prayers be part of a council meeting? That was the question which the High Court had to decide in a......

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Mental Health Is Promoted

AT THE opening of the Mental Health Conference in Leeds earlier this month delegates were asked to think about having five meaningful conversations a day, in addition to the......

Designer Gives Tips On Modesty

A FASHION DESIGNER is teaching young women how to dress with purity after her brother’s death made her rethink her career, writes Estefania Aguirre . Helena Machin, who works......

Actors Bid A Terrifying Farewell

ACTORS at St Ambrose College inAltrincham, Cheshire, gave their old school stage a horrifying final salute when they staged the black comedy musical Little Shop of Horrors .......

The Hills Are Alive In Menston

THE ARTISTIC TALENT of the pupils of St Mary’s Catholic High School in Menston, West Yorkshire, was again on show last week in a production which needs very little......

School To Offer Courses In Yachting

ST BENEDICT ’ S SCHOOL in Ealing, west London, is now a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training centre. This allows students who are in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) to......

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Friends Welcome The Nuncio

ARCHBISHOP Antonio Mennini, the apostolic nuncio to Great Britain, was the guest speaker at a candlelit dinner in London o n February 2 to raise funds for Westminster......

Head Girls In Tune For Charity

TWO SIXTH - FORM pupils from a Derbyshire school played to their strengths recently when they organised a musical spectacular in aid of a worthy cause. Head girl Caroline Oliver......

Catenians Support The St Vincent De Paul Society

T HE CATENIAN Association has given a cheque for hundreds of pounds in support of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. The cheque for £335 was presented......

Speakers Reflect On Femininity

ON JANUARY 17 Maryvale Higher Institute of Religious Sciences held a day-long conference entitled “The Beauty of Complementarity”, focusing on authentic Catholic womanhood,......

Fundraiser Honoured By Award

BASIL GEOGHEGAN , co-chairman of the Ireland Fund of Great Britain, presented the “Forgotten Irish” Award on January 27 at a ceremony in the House of Lords attended by Irish......

Rowers Prepare For Trials

CHAMPION ROWERS at St Joseph’s College in Trent Vale, Staffordshire, have been putting their back into their indoor practice sessions to earn selection for the Great Britain......

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Don’t Knock The ‘christian’ Box-tickers

Will Heaven Notebook O nthe Today programme this week, Richard “the Spleen” Dawkins debated Giles Fraser, the Guardian journalist and Anglican clergyman, about the true......

Why Cardinal Manning Should Be Our Next Blessed

The cardinal is at least as worthy of the honour as John Henry Newman, argues Russell Sparkes L ike many English Catholics, I suspect, I was both proud and delighted when the......

Dawkins Thinks We Are All Fanatics

Mary Kenny O nceagain, Professor Dawkins has shown that he has an overliteral, even fundamentalist, approach to the question “What is a Christian?” He now claims that......

The Dutch Are Mad – And I Love Them

Nick Thomas A s I write, the temperature in Amsterdam is 20 Fahrenheit (the scale in which the American weather service on my phone works, and in which I still think), and has......

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Why We Must Fight To Keep Christianity In Public Life

T wo stories about religion and politics have featured prominently in the media in the past week. In the first, the National Secular Society trumpeted a High Court ruling that......

Strengthen The Foundations

T he Personal Ordinariate for ex-Anglicans in North America was launched this week, and already it has a spring in its step. One reason for its optimism is that the new......

Sacred Treasures Reclaimed

T his week we report some unequivocally good news: the historic sacred vessels that belonged to Ramsgate Abbey will remain in Catholic hands, laying to rest concerns that they......

Catholic Dilemmas

Our priest the other day said that parents should teach their children to pray. I thought I would be able to leave this to the school as I don’t really know what to do. Where......

If Catholic Schools Are ‘working’ Why Is Mass...

From Mr A J Kieran SIR – There is an undercurrent to the recent contributions on Catholic education – namely, if Catholic education is “working” then why are we seeing......

Campaigners For Married Priests Don’t Seem Concerned...

From Mrs Maureen Findlay-Wilson SIR – Life itselfisa pilgrimage! Wouldn’t priests be better served by our praying for them and the vows they take, ordained by the Church,......

It Is Only Prudent To Vet Extraordinary Ministers Of The...

From Mrs Mrs Patricia Meed SIR – Martin Clitheroe (Letter, February 10) suggests that Eucharistic ministers are required to undergo a CRB checkjust because they give Communion......

Sharing The Taint

From Mrs Dominie Stemp SIR – Fr John Daley (Letter, February 3) talks about Original Sin as not something we are born with contrary to what the Church teaches) but as......

From Mr Richard Yates Sir – I Was Interested To

read what Fr John Daley was taught about Original Sin in the 1960s, but I see a problem. According to the account he was given, we do not share in the taint of Original Sin......

Absolute Outrage

From Mr Daniel Wade SIR – Cajetan Skowronski, the University College London Catholic Society spokesman, expressed disappointment and concern at the college student union......

A Catholic Enigma

From Mr John Lovett SIR – David Chapman’s letter (February 10) regarding the receiving of Communion in both kinds has raised a subject that has puzzled me ever since......

Eroding Our Heritage

From Mervyn Maciel SIR – I wonder where this country is heading for, with prayers during council proceedings now being declared “unlawful”? It is a sad fact that this......

The Definition Of Marriage Is Not Relevant To The Current...

From Mr Tony Lawton SIR – Your correspondent John Owen (February 10), in describing “samesex marriage” as an oxymoron, fails to appreciate that referring to dictionaries......

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Scott Thomas In Coded French Thriller

FILMS REVIEW The Woman in the Fifth 79 MINS , CERT 15 ‘W e’ll always have Paris,” Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine purrs romantically to Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa in......

Dead-end Marriages Dressed Up In 1970s Kitsch

THEATRE REVIEW Absent Friends HAROLD PINTER A lanAyckbourn has always had a soft spot for this sad comedy. Written in 1974, it was a major turning point in career and his......

A New Opera That Is Worth Two Visits

MUSIC REVIL Michael White Dream Hunter WILTON ʼ S MUSIC HALL , LONDON Traviata MERRY OPERA COMPANY B omb disposal work and high-rise scaffolding aside, there are few......

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The ‘holy War’ That Pitted Russia Against The French

Historians are finally accepting that religion fuelled the Crimean War, discovers David Twiston-Davies Crimea: The Last Crusade BY ORLANDO FIGES ALLEN LANE, £30 I n an age......

Spiritual Books Francis Phillips

Turn but a Stone by Bernard Bridge, Fisher Press, £16 Fisher Press produces delightful and quirky books under the patronage of St John Fisher; this is no exception. Indeed,......

Books In Brief

Open City by Teju Cole (Faber, £7.99) Cole’s debut is an astonishing and marvellous novel: sure-handed, brilliantly written and superbly conceived. Julius is a Nigerian......

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The Word This Week

By Bishop David McGough Seventh Sunday of the Year Is 43:18-19, 21-22 & 24-25; Ps 41; 2 Cor 1:18-22; Mk 2:1-12 ‘N o need to recall the past, no need to think about what was......

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf

L et us look at the Collect for the upcoming Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, ut, semper rationabilia meditantes, quae tibi suntplacita, et......

Prayers Of The Week Lenten P Rayers

Almighty and Everlasting God, You have given the human race Jesus Christ our Saviour as a model of humility. He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man and giving His life on the......

Papal Teaching

By Benedict XVI General audience (2011) D ear brothers and sisters, today, marked by the austere symbol of ashes, we enter the Lenten season, beginning a spiritual journey......

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Pastor Iuventus

Solesmes: a detox centre for the soul I n much the same way as some celebrities seem to need periodically to go and detox in some specialist environment, every so often I feel......

Lectio Divina

By Mgr Anthony Abela Power over sin and sickness Mark 2:1-12 1 Afew days later Jesus went back to Capernaum, and the news spread that he was at home. 2 So many people came......

Saint Of The Week

Fra Angelico (February 18) lico ra Ange ( c 1390-1444) has not been officially declared a saint, although he was beatified by John Paul II in 1982. Perhaps more tellingly, he......

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Go On: Fly Down To Rio

Christopher Jamison Charterhouse There’s nothing I know of in Rio, But it’s something to do with the night. It’s only a whimsical notion To fly down to Rio tonight, And I......

In Gratitude...

Fr Ronald Rolheiser The Last Word A s a columnist, I’ve always harboured a certain paranoia about being overly personal or exhibitionistic in my writing or in thinking that my......