20th January 2012

20th January 2012
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Mugabe Wages A Secret War On Catholics In Zimbabwe

BY STAFF REPORTER CATHOLICS in Zimbabwe are facing persecution for standing up to President Robert Mugabe’s regime amid fears that oppression could rise sharply. In reports......

Trappist Reveals Role In Killer’s Conversion

BY ED WEST ONE OF the most violent murderers in the American prison system converted to Catholicism after being befriended by a priest, it emerged this week. Clayton Fountain,......

Priest Calls For London To Play Host To World Youth Day...

BY ED WEST A PROMINENT priest in the Diocese of Westminster has called for London to host World Youth Day in 2016. Fr Stephen Wang, dean of studies at Allen Hall seminary in......

Nun Who Kissed Elvis Prays For Benefactor

BY ED WEST A NUN who once kissed Elvis Presley, before entering the convent, is praying for a benefactor to save the abbey where she and 40 other nuns are cloistered. Mother......

Protesters Try To Set Up Camp In Vatican

BY ED WEST ITALIAN police had to remove protesters from St Peter’s Square last week after an Occupy-style camp was set up to protest against the Vatican. Up to 50 protesters......

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Downside Abbot Seeks To Reassure Parents

BY ED WEST THE ABBOT OF DOWNSIDE has written to parents, staff and former pupils after the school was criticised for its handling of child abuse. DomAidan Bellenger OSB issued......

Nuns In Pakistan Inspire Peer

BY ED WEST CONSERVATIVE PARTY chairman Baroness Warsi visited Catholic nuns during a trip to Pakistan last week. The baroness, who is also a minister without portfolio in the......

Bishops Meet Palestinian Leader At Lambeth Palace

ANGLICAN and Catholic bishops met Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, at Lambeth Palace this week. Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool and Auxiliary Bishop......

Stephen Fry Backs Priestê¼s Petition

STEPHEN FRY has given his support to a priest’s campaign to end the “gay panic” legal defence in Queensland, Australia. The quiz show host publicised Fr Paul Kelly’s......

Prayer Book To Go On Display

AN ILLUMINATED ninthcentury Mercian prayer book known as the Book of Cerne and the second oldest surviving copy of the Ecclesiastical History of the English People by the......

Welfare Reform Draws Criticism

ARCHBISHOP Peter Smith of Southwark has said that “thousands of families” will be affected by the Government’s welfare reform Bill. In a letter to the Times he called for......

Church Safeguarding Chief Resigns

BY STAFF REPORTER BARONESS Scotland has resigned as the head of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission for England and Wales (NCSC) after less than a year in the role.......

Issue Of Scottish Independence Divides Catholics

BY IAN DUNN THE SCOTTISH government’s plans to hold a referendum in 2014 on independence have sharply divided opinion among leading Scottish Catholics. A survey by the......

Catholic Midwives Sue Nhs Board

BY STAFF REPORTER SCOTLAND ’ S largest health board is being taken to court by two Catholic midwives who say they were forced to supervise an abortion. Midwifery sisters......

Diocese Asks For Views On New School

BY STAFF REPORTER THE DIOCESE of Westminster has launched a consultation on a plan to open new Catholic primary and secondary schools in the borough of Richmond in south-west......

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Ordinariate Celebrates Its First Birthday

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE HEAD of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has said that he expects “several new groups” to join the ordinariate in a letter marking......

Parents Seek To Set Up Catholic Free School

BY MARK GREAVES PARENTS in a village in Buckinghamshire are applying to set up a Catholic free school, it emerged this week. The bid is being prepared after more than 100......

Vatican To Assess Cause Of Nun Who Saved Jews In The War

BY SIMON CALDWELL THE VATICAN has taken up the Cause for canonisation of a British nun who helped to hide scores of Jews from the Nazis during the Second World War. A file on......

William Wallace Letter To Pope Sent Back To Scotland

BY STAFF REPORTER A LETTER concerning Scottish patriot Sir William Wallace that was written to the pope over 700 years ago has been returned to Scotland. The document was......

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Chaplain Prayed In Chapel As Ship Sank

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN A CATHOLIC chaplain aboard the sinking Costa Concordia rushed to consume the Eucharist in an attempt to protect it as the cruise liner began to sink on......

Pope Tells Italian Premier About Plight Of Christians

POPE BENEDICT XVI met Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Monday and raised the plight of Christian minorities around the world. A Vatican statement said: “During the......

Mexican Police Investigate Priest

MEXICAN human rights groups and the migration ministry of the Mexican bishops’ conference have expressed outrage at the attorney general’s office for pursuing anonymous......

Pakistani City Razes Chapel

THE CATHOLIC Church’s National Commission for Justice and Peace in India has condemned the demolition of a church centre – including a homeless shelter, convent, chapel and......

Priest Jailed For â£420,000 Theft

A LAS VEGAS priest who stole $650,000 (£420,000) of parish funds to feed his gambling habit has been jailed for three years and ordered to repay the money. Mgr Kevin McAuliffe......

Pope: Eucharist Gives Strength To The Weak

BY ANDY TELLI THE EUCHARIST sustains those who are tired, worn out or lost in the world and transforms human sin and weakness into new life, Pope Benedict XVI has said.......

Archbishop Unfazed By Shooting

GUNMEN shooting at guards keeping watch over the archbishop’s residence in Kirkuk in northern Iraq have triggered a firefight that left two of the gunmen dead and five......

Bishop Hails Supreme Court Ruling Over Sacking Of Teacher

BY PATRICIA ZAPOR THE US Supreme Court has upheld the idea that a “ministerial exception” to anti-discrimination laws means the Church cannot be sued for sacking an......

Belgian Bishops Promise To Pay Victims Of Abuse

BY JONATHAN LUXMOORE BELGIUM ’ S Catholic bishops have promised to create a “culture of vigilance” against sexual abuse by priests and said guilty clergy must compensate......

Pope Says Individualism Fed The Economic Crisis

BY CINDY WOODEN THE ECONOMIC crisis should push people to look at the values reflected in civic life and evaluate honestly whether citizens are working together to promote......

For First Time Five Million Visit Vatican Museums

BY CINDY WOODEN LAST YEAR for the first time the number of visitors to the Vatican Museums rose above five million. Antonio Paolucci, director of the museums, said breaking......

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Bishop Laments Bickering Of Politicians In Holy Land

BY JUDITH SUDILOVSKY ALMOST a year after the eruption of the Arab Spring uprisings the Middle East is a place of hope and fear for Christians, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson,......

Nigeria’s Bishops Call For An End To Deadlock

BY PETER AJAYI DADA THE CATHOLIC Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has called on the country’s government and trade unions to negotiate a settlement to a crippling nationwide......

Sister Who Was A Dominican For 80 Years Dies At 102

BY ANDY TELLI DOMINICAN Sister Mary Jeanne Partington, who was a member of the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia Congregation in Nashville Tennessee for nearly 80 years, has died......

Priest Testifies In Clerical Abuse Trial In Poland

BY JONATHAN LUXMOORE A POLISH priest has testified that a man told him he was sexually abused by the former rector of a parish in the city of Kolobrzeg. The testimony from the......

Ex-vatican Diplomats Back Mitt Romney

BY MARK PATTISON FIVE FORMER US ambassadors to the Holy See have endorsed Mitt Romney in his campaign to win the Republican nomination for the presidency. The Romney campaign......

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Doctors: Help Me To Live And Not To Die

Michael Wenham suffers from Motor Neurone Disease but would dread to live in a society that encouraged him to opt for assisted suicide L ast year, in the midst of austerity and......

Why We Should Prize Our ‘ugly’ Churches

mbrose Gillick says that the Modernist Catholic churches that dot Britain are wonderful expressions of the renewed theology of Vatican II I n the post-war years many new......

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The Blind Blessed Who Lived In The Light

O nly three non-martyrs have been beatified in England since the Reformation. The first, Italian Passionist Blessed Dominic Barberi, who received Blessed John Henry Cardinal......

Wikipedia Is A Flawed Guide To The Church

William Newton says that the Vatican press office should have known better than to copy cardinals’ biographies from the unreliable website R ecent reports that the Vatican......

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Richard Dawkins: The Great Myth-maker

The biologist offers a mythical account of the rise of modern science that overlooks the Church’s contribution, says James Hannam o judge from its place in the bestseller......

A Bomb That Nearly Killed Me

British Catholic Harry Johnstone gives an eyewitness account of a deadly suicide bombing I t was a loud pop, with a flash of light. Blast waves shook, smoke billowed up, debris......

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History Student Exposes Ugandan Child Sacrifice

A FORMER Stonyhurst pupil returned to the Lancashire Jesuit school earlier this month to talk about his work in Uganda for the charity Jubilee Campaign. Phil Leonard, now a......

Science Sessions Go With A Bang At St Paul’s

A GROUP of Year 7 pupils from St Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, have been enjoying the school’s science club where they have been bringing......

Chavagnes Pupil Heads To The Fens

WHEN Paul de Guibert, a young Frenchman, arrived three years ago at Chavagnes International College, aged 12, he did not quite know what to expect. Chavagnes is unique. It is......

Fleet-footed Runners Win National Championship

“ CATCH me if you can” was the cry of Loreto Grammar School’s national champion junior cross-country athletes. Having won the NorthWest heats, the fleet-footed young......

Lives Remembered Stephen Szemerenyi Was Born In October...

Notwithstanding his muchadmired work as an adviser for the Association of School and College Leaders, Stephen Szemerenyi will be best remembered as the former head teacher of......

Champion Packs A Hard Punch

AMATEUR Boxing Association national champion Elizabeth Dillion might be able to charm the birds out of the trees, but just be careful because she also packs a powerful punch.......

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The Lover Who Never Finished War And Peace

Charlie Hegarty Notebook e are now well into January and my New Year’s resolu tion remains: it is to tidy my desk. Naturally this is a slow process as I unearth ottings ,......

Downside Can Emerge Renewed From This Crisis

The school must reform swiftly to remain a beacon of Benedictine education, says Will Heaven W hen the Benedictines settled at Downside in 1814 they had little more than a......

I Feel Sorry For Captain Schettino

Mary Kenny O f course our first sympathies must be with the victims of the Costa Concordia – those who lost their lives, or were injured after the cruise liner ran aground......

It’s Time To Swallow My Paternal Pride

Nick Thomas T he children have chickenpox. In the short term this is a right pain, but of course we’re grateful, albeit with gritted teeth, to get it over with. It’s not a......

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Let’s Get Ready To Bring World Youth Day To Britain

F r Stephen Wang, a prominent priest in Westminster diocese, has suggested that London would be the ideal venue for World Youth Day in 2016. He argues that there will never be a......

The Ordinariate Accelerates

T he Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham marked its first anniversary with a splendid Evensong and Benediction at St James’s, Spanish Place, one of London’s......

Occupying The Protesters

L ast weekend a group of protesters tried to enter St Peter’s Square but were rebuffed by Italian police in riot gear. Some demonstrators carried tents, suggesting that they......

Why American Catholics Will Be Voting For A Republican...

From Mrs Joan Summers SIR – The article by Felipe FernándezArmesto (Charterhouse, January 13) left me stunned as an American Catholic who votes Republican (and I support Rick......

The Cardinal’s Stand

From Mr Tom McIntyre SIR – You kindly printed a letter last week where I mentioned a Latinist’s opinion that Cardinal Hume would have dismissed Liturgiam Authenticam .......

Extreme Atheism

From Dr Edward Reynolds SIR – It seems that The Catholic Herald has joined the Guardian and other secular media in paying undue attention to the extreme views of the atheist......

There Is A Malthusian Influence On The Global Warming...

From Mrs Ann Farmer SIR – Graziano Freschi is correct in seeing Malthusian influence on the campaign surrounding global warming (Letter, December 23). The influence of......

The Sspx Doesn’t View The Crisis In The Same Way As The...

From Mr Robert Ian Williams SIR – In criticising my letter (December 9), Simon Reilly (Letter, December 23) asserts that both the popes and the Society of St Pius X “fully......

Standing By Truth

From Count Quentin de la Bédoyère SIR – “If the ‘stable’ and Bethlehem are myth, why is the virgin birth not a myth?” Fr Neil Evans asks me (Letter, January 13). I......

The Beeb At Its Best

From Mr Martyn Dyer SIR – If the proposed campaign against the BBC of Eric Hester (Letter, December 23) supported by Bill Iveson (Letter, January 13) should take off, may I......

Early Baptism Is A Good Criterion For Admission To...

From Mr Michael Thompson SIR – I was surprised and disturbed by the letter (December 16) from Alan Whelan, who argued against the age of a child at baptism as a criterion for......

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Ancient And Irreverent, Cheek By Jowl

FINE ARTS REVIEW Grayson Perry BRITISH MUSEUM , UNTIL FEBRUARY 26 he British Museum has invited the unorthodox Turner Prize-winner Grayson Perry to come and curate a show......

A Tender Story Told From Aleaf-strewn Stage

THEATRE REVIEW Lovesong LYRIC HAMMERSMITH , LONDON A bi Morgan’s Lovesong is a fragile, elusive and elegiac tearjerker, directed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett. This duo......

Sonatas From Britten’s Lost Music Teacher

PLG Young Artists SOUTHBANK , LONDON U nknown young artists playing music by contemporary composers isn’t the best way to fill a concert hall. But for half a century the Park......

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God, The Brain And The Myth Of ‘rude Atheism

Patrick West udges a debate between an Indian New Age writer and a hard-nosed theoretical physicist War of the Worldviews BY DEEPAK CHOPRA & LEONARD MLODINOW RIDER, £20 I n......

A Blazing Sea

A new book highlights the Royal Navy’s vital role in the Second World War, says John Hinton Citizen Sailors BY GLYN PRYSOR VIKING, £25 I n May 1941 Germany’s new......

Books In Brief

Northwest Corner by John Burnham Schwartz (Corsair, £12.99) Reservation Road , Schwartz’s most famous novel, was a masterclass in Americana. This is his belated follow-up and......

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The Word This Week

By Bishop David McGough Third Sunday of the Year Jonah 3:1-5 & 10; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20 ‘ L ord, make me know your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.” The psalmist’s......

And With Your Spirit

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf S ome less than doctrinally minded Christians are under the false impression that Catholics think we can “earn” our way to heaven by our own good......

Prayers Of The Week Prayers To St Agnes O Little

St Agnes, so young and yet made so strong and wise by the power of God, protect by your prayers all the young people of every place whose goodness and purity are threatened by......

The Week Ahead Ordiinary Form Divine Office Week Iii Sunday,

January 22: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Ps 25; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20 Monday, January 23: Weekday in Ordinary Time 2 Sm 5:1-7, 10; Ps 89; Mk 3:22-30......

Papal Teaching

By Benedict XVI General audience (2011) D ear brothers and sisters, “God is God of the human heart”. These apparently simple words give us an impression of the......

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Pastor Iuventus

How not to behave on entering a church T he man was reasonably conspicuous by his hat, which he kept on throughout Mass. This in itself would not be all that unusual. It has......

By Mgr Anthony Abela

14 After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News from God. 15 “The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near!......

Saint Of The Week

St Agnes (January 21) A gnes, put to death at the age of 13 around 300, became one of the most celebrated martyrs of ancient Rome. Such was her reputation as a defender of......

Daily Mass Guide Monday , January 23 To Choose A King

or political leader is no easy matter. We need God’s help in finding leaders who will rule in the name of truth and love. King David was one of the great heroes of the Old......

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It Women First?

Melanie McDonagh Charterhouse T he Costa Concordia could hardly have been worse named, given the absence of harmony that surrounds the reports of her sinking. At the time of......

Chastity As Purity Of Heart

Fr Ronald Rolheiser The Last Word T o live a chaste life is not easy – not just for celibates, but for everyone. Even when our actions are all in line, it is still hard to......