24th July 1992

24th July 1992
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Doctors Give Green Light To The Pope

by Viviane Hewitt POPE JOHN PAUL 11 is expected to leave Rome's Policlinico Gemelli Hospital tomorrow, ten days after his operation to remove an intestinal tumour. Medical......

Festival Strikes Note Of Hope

by Angus Macdonald THE culture, music, history and hopes of Latin America and the Caribbean came vibrantly to life in the streets and churches of Bristol this weekend. More......

Rome Warns Homosexual Rights May Harm Family

by Cristina Odone DISCRIMINATION against homosexuals who want to be teachers, military recruits, or adoptive parents, is "not unjust" according to a Vatican report released......

Did Jesus

have a divorce? by Timothy Elphick STARTLING new claims about the life of Jesus made by an Australian theologian have raised the hackles of Catholic theologians. Leading......

Teenagers Don't Wait To Be Wed

by Murray White CATHOLIC youth workers and chaplains believe they are too few in number and have too limited resources to give young people a positive lead, following the......

Confessions On Wheels

A MAN claiming to be a Dominican priest set up a portable confessional called "Portofess" outside Madison Square Garden in New York City as Democrats gathered for their......

Catastrophe Of Biblical Proportions

Croats and Moslems are being driven out of their homelands in so called 'ethnic cleansing'. They have nowhere to go. They have lost their homes and all their belongings. They......

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New Woman At The Helm

LETTER FROM WARSAW LAST week the Polish Sejm (Lower House) appointed Hanna Suchocka as Poland's first woman Prime Minister. The next day parliament approved the new cabinet.......

Sudanese Children At Risk From As Relief Lines Are Cut By...

THE lives of 10,000 children in the southern Sudan are being put at risk by an escalation in the country's civil war, the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) warned......

Vietnam Holds Back Priestly Ordinations

SEMINARIANS ready for ordination in Vietnam are being refused permission to take their vows by officials anxious to show they still have authority over the Church. Five......

Scandal Denied By Bishop

by Timothy Elphkk AN IRISH bishop has denied that a priest allegedly drawn into a murky web of international money deals was acting outside the interests of his community.......

St Teresa Help Me!

A Missionary in great difficulty called upon Pope Pius XI Icx help. His reply was simple: "Have recourse to the Little Hower of Jesus". Today we appeal to you for the LITTLE......

Serbs Hold Bishop Under House Arrest

A CATHOLIC bishop has been placed under house arrest by Serbian soldiers amid the fury of the civil war in the ex-Yugoslav republic of Bosni-Herzogovina. According to Catholic......

Malawi Revisited

A DELEGATION of leading British churchmen is touring Malawi this week on a factfinding mission to establish how far Church-state relations in the country have been damaged by......

News In Brief

A TEAM of Church investigators flew to Colombia this week to examine human rights abuses threatening to plunge the country into civil war. `Nye are being told that innocent......

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News In Brief

Women join together in celebration WOMEN from Tonga to Twickenham were linked in prayer last Friday as more than a million members celebrated the annual Women's World Day of......

Churches Grapple With Complex Message For A Secular Society

by Murray White PARTS of the Vatican II document on the Church's role in the world "lack bite" in the face of the enormous secularisation of the past 30 years, admitted......

Bishop Defends Priesthood Against Child Abuse Allegations

by Angus Macdonald ALLEGATIONS against the priesthood of child sex abuse do "a grave injustice" to the vast majority of the 6,000 Catholic priests in England and Wales, Bishop......

Dismay At

growing poverty A REPORT highlighting a sharply widening gap between the rich and poor has been greeted with dismay by the ecumenical pressure group Chord) Action on Poverty......

Charity 'whistle Blower' Has Contract Terminated

JOHN Nightingale, the man who first drew attention to mismanagement and financial irregularities at the troubled Converts' Aid Society, has been sacked from his post as......

Nightshelter Turns Back Growing Tide Of Homeless

AN increasing number of young people from the south east of England are becoming homeless as a result of the recession, said an ecumenical charity for the homeless this week as......

Welsh Split Averted

A RUMPUS within the Welsh Presbyterian Church over continued collaboration with Catholics has threatened a split in Cytun, the Welsh Churches Together group. A group of......

Catholics Meet Mennonites

PAX CHRISTI, the International Catholic Movement for Peace, sponsored the first-ever dialogue between Catholics in England and the 200-member Mennonite community last Sunday in......

Bishops' Diaries

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Coming Soon

A SUMMER School on liturgy and the arts will take place at Turvey Abbey in Bedfordshire from 1-6 August. Information and bookings from the Retreat Secretary on 023 064 432. THE......

Obituaries

THE parish priest of St Anselm's, Chorley, in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, Fr Austin Stirzaker, has died aged 76. After early education at St Clare's Elementary School, he......

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Left Behind The Times?

ON BOTH sides of the Atlantic, the Left (or left-of-centre parties) has been casting about for a leader who will bring them back to power. That challenge is particularly......

John And John: Wet Book-keepers

DESMOND ALBROW FOR a happening that in the long run could disrupt most of our lives, the election of John Smith rather than Bryan Gould as Labour party leader, has had all the......

Anglican Anguish Over Women Priests

FOR many of us, the question in November's General Synod is not whether women can be admitted to the priesthood, but rather "by what authority?" We question the right of the......

Death Penalty

AS a Daughter of the Cross (missioned to serve those "crucified" in contemporary society) and a member of Amnesty International, I was appalled to read the report on the......

How To Fill Those Church Coffers

CHRISTOPHER Monckton' s "Charterhouse Chronicle" (Catholic Herald, July 3) will perhaps provide Bishop Konstant and the bishops of other dioceses having financial problems with......

What Is Sinful About Sunday Trading?

BISHOP John Jukes' affirmation last week of the Lords decision curtailing Sunday trading (Catholic Herald, July 3) only further illustrates the total inability of the current......

Parish Tax

would be no solution I AM just as concerned as most Catholics that the dioceses are short of money (Catholic Herald, July 3). But in all fairness I cannot agree with your......

Reading A Letter From An `un-english' Parish?

I HAVE to admit I was slightly shocked when Fr John Medcalfe said he "rooted for married priests (of both sexes)" (CatholicHerald, July 10). Am I just being old fashioned......

Charitable Unfairness

ANY doubt that Mr John Nightingale has been victimised by the Convert's Aid Society (Catholic Herald, June 23), of which he has served as Secretary (chief officer), should be......

Chastity Is Best Of All

SEXUAL health is difficult to achieve in a decadent society. Women are the losers here, in spite of feminist claims to the contrary. The slogan "rubber is a girl's best friend"......

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An Experience Of Church

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also far those who will believe in me through their message. (John 17:20) Danny Sullivan, RE adviser to Portsmouth, describes the trials......

Prophet And Great Heart

Fr John Mills OP profiles his old friend Fr Timothy Radcliffe, the new Master of the Dominicans ON July 5, in Mexico, for the first time in its 777-year history, the Dominican......

What Will Our Children Know?

Bishop Daniel Mullins of Menevia examines what children will learn from Here I Am DURING the Education Conference at Bradford, the Catholic Primary Schools Programme Here I Am......

Escaping The Escriva Effect In The Cradle Of The...

European Viewpoint Catholicism is in the very air you breathe in Spain, but how has the modern Church responded to change in the post-Franco era? Ruth Rees investigates. LAST......

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The Pain And The Horror

The Last Magician by Janette Turner Hospital (Virago £14.99) Candida Brazil IN Janette Turner Hospital's new novel, four characters a photographer, a restauranteur, a hooker......

The Civilising Influence Of Men

Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia (Penguin, £12.99) Mary Kenny TO judge by the contemporary canon of feminist writing, the......

Passing Judgement On The World

The World Court Project on Nuclear Weapons and International Law by Nicholas Grief (Althea Press, £4 plus 50p postage and packing) From Hiroshima to the Hague: a Guide to the......

Prayers In Darkness And The Covenant That Is For Ever

John: Evangelist of the Covenant People by John Pryor (Darton, Longman and Todd, £14.95) Given to God: Daily Readings with Evelyn Underhill selected and arranged by Delroy......

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Pilgrimage To The Riches And Truths Ahead

The rector of the Walsingham Shrine, Fr Peter Allen SM, describes the special quality which continues to draw pilgrims from around the world to this holy site AT PRESENT we are......

Microcosm Of English Faith

AS A picturesque Norfolk village, Walsingham has a lot going for it. To the ordinary visitor, there are some fine attractions. A short stroll around the sparse but majestic......

The Prophet Of Pentonville Prison

Unsung Saints MANY prisoners and their families, particularly those with alcohol-related problems, have been helped immeasurably by the support of Mr John Farrell, who works at......

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So You Want To Watch Tv

BROADCAST NEWS by Joanna Moorhead THE man from the BBC publicity office was not exactly encouraging. "You're going to what?" he replied when I phoned to tell him about my new......

Blake At Westminster Abbey

GALLERIES by Leigh Hatts IT IS particularly sad that of all the southern rivers hit by overextraction it is the River Darent which is most dramatically dry. William Blake and......

When Abraham Bargained With God For The Soul Of Sodom

SCRIPTURE NOTEBOOK by Fr John Wijngaards Genesis 18 20-23 Colossians 2 12-14 Luke 11, 1-13 THE first reading narrates the amazing story of Abraham's intercession for the......

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Ultimately, We All Sleep By Ourselves

Ronald Rolheiser HERE is a story in the Old Testament that both shocks and fascinates by its sheer earthiness. A certain king, Jephthah, is at war and things are going badly......

At Home, Yet Still In Exile

Brendan Walsh ONE of the best views of Jerusalem is from the modern, tear-shaped church of Dominus Flevit on the western slope of the Mount of Olives. You look across to the......

Parable Of The Woodcutters

ONCE upon a time, hidden in the depths of a faraway forest, there lived a cluster of woodcutters and their families. Their life had been simple and unchanged for generations. A......