25th September 1992

25th September 1992
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Universal Catechism Unveiled

by Cristina Odone and Viviane Hewitt in Rome MODERN sins such as drunken driving, taking drugs, and wrecking the environment are as offensive to God as traditional sins such as......

German Theologian Suspended

ONE OF the Church's "blacksheep" theologians has been suspended for his controgersial theological interpretations. Priest and psychotherapist Fr Eugen Drewermann, professor of......

School In Search Of More Catholics

by Murray White A TOP sixth form college is faced with "closure" because its Oratorian governors are concerned that only a third of its students are Catholics. The proposal to......

England's Dominicans Vote In New Provincial

ENGLAND's Dominicans have elected, and the Vatican has approved, Fr Malcolm McMahon as their new Provincial. In what one participant called a "very popular deciSion", Fr......

Private Confessions Take A Plunge In Popularity Stakes

by Lucy Howe THE present rite of reconciliation or penance is not meeting people's needs, concluded 50 liturgists at their national conference this week. Meeting at Newman......

Vatican To Re-establish Links With Mexico

by Lucy Lethbridge THE VATICAN is to re-establish diplomatic ties with Mexico after more than a century of estrangement. The statement, issued by the Vatican earlier this......

Sunday Still Under Attack

THE Shopping Hours Reform Council (SHRC) and the Consumers' Association have renewed their campaign to persuade the Government to extend Sunday shopping. The chairman of the......

Prayer Today In The First Of A New Series On

prayer in the modern world, Fr John Mills OP asks why pray at all, page 7 INVOLVED LAITY Pat Jones speaks on collaborative ministry at the National Conference of Priests, page 5......

"you See That It Is By His Actions That A

person is put right with God and not by his faith alone" (James 2:24) "The earth helped the woman" (Rev. 12:16) The war continues in Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia, and the......

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Women's Pastoral Draft Blasted In Us

by Cristina Odone THE US bishops National Advisory Council has voted overwhelmingly against the proposed pastoral letter on women, and urged the bishops to shelve it.......

Prelate Urges Peru To 'rebuild'

ARCHBISHOP Augusto Vargas Alzamora of Lima has called on the people of Peru to rebuild their nation in the wake of the capture of Abimael Guzman, the leader of the Maoist......

News In Brief

Dominican shootings POLICE fired upon protesters in Santo Domingo earlier this week when more than 300 people turned up for a march to protest plans by the Government of the......

Swiss Bishops Say No To Abortion Pill

SWISS bishops, calling for greater respect for the dignity of women and children throughout the world, have opposed legalisation of the French abortion pill RU-486. The bishops......

Sudan Forces Out Religious

ELEVEN members of the Comboni Order were among the religious forced to leave Sudan earlier this month. The Government, which ordered all foreign missionaries out of the......

Vatican Vs Sterilisation

THE VATICAN has vehemently attacked a European Parliament resolution that would allow sterilisation of some mentally disabled persons. In its official newspaper, the......

Church Popularity Slips In Polish Poll

THE popularity of the Catholic Church in Poland is slipping, a new survey shows. The results of the survey, published last week, indicated a 57 per cent rating of approval for......

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Euthanasia Doctor Sentence 'a Green Light To Killing'

by Angus Macdonald THE anti-euthanasia group LIFE has described as "a polite slap on the wrist" the sentence passed on the Winchester doctor who was found guilty of attempted......

Battery-powered Record Attempt

by Murray White A CATHOLIC school has had a major hand in a revolutionary new electric car that will attempt to break a world speed record next year. Fifth-year pupils and......

Pupil In Bus Pass Battle

A SCHOOL pupil has been denied a bus pass by a Church of England school because he is not an Anglican. The parents of 11-year-old Bramwell Blyth are furious at his school's......

Convent To Get New Life

A CONVENT which looked set to close is to get a new lease of life as an Aids and HIV care centre. The trustees of the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, who have responsibility......

Marian Frescoes Puzzle Experts

EXTREMELY rare medieval religious frescoes depicting the Virgin Mary have been discovered in an English castle. The uncovering of Marian images in the medieval chapel of......

Brother Adam, The Worldrenowned Bee Breeder And...

more than 70 years In charge of bees at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, has finally broken his self-imposed silence to reveal details of the dispute with abbey authorities that......

News In Brief

Gay demo outrage A MOCK Crucifixion staged by the gay rights group OutRage! provoked a clash between demonstrators and police In London this week. OutRage! said that the......

Bishops' Diaries

YOUTH affairs are on the agenda of a number of the bishops this week, starting with Bishop Cormac Murphy - O'Connor of Arundel and Brighton who celebrates Mass for his diocesan......

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Reading Poor Government Statistics

John Battle MP ON the very last day before Parliament broke up for the summer break, the Government released the Households Below Average Income: A Statistical Analysis......

The Great Bone Of Contention

FOLLOWING Gerard Noel's references to Humanae Vitae and Cardinal Heenan (Catholic Herald, August 28), one of your readers stated that "nine" (bishops?) "voted that contraception......

Take It Or Leave It Society

TO the question "Is Religious Education Christian Enough?". Lady Olga Maitland answers an emphatic "no", and places the blame on the "trendy teaching" of the 1960s and 1970s......

Don't Mess With The Mass

ARE priests at liberty to alter the text of Eucharistic Prayer? Is this part of the liturgical change envisaged (Catholic Herald, August 28)? Some priests do not always use......

Help The East Timorese

FOLLOWING the massacre of 150 peaceful protesters in a cemetery in Dili, East Timor on November 12 last year, the Indonesian Government has embarked upon a mammoth......

Setting The Record Straight On Henry

WHENEVER the Reformation is treated, those of us who are interested all think we know more than the writer! There are two points I would make in comment on the letter from John......

When The Catholic Spirit Needs A Framework

CORRESPONDENCE under the heading "Bad News Mantras" (Catholic Herald, September 11) seem to me to address the same fundamental problem. I quote from M Austin's letter: "We......

The Word, Not The Man

JESUS is making headlines once again. From America to Australia to AN Wilson, a rash of books on the man from Galilee, who walked on water and fed the hungry by multiplying......

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Delicate Steps In The Middle East

US television reporter, Kimberley Roberts, looks at the see-sawing hopes for the latest Middle East peace talks THE sixth round of the Middle East Peace Talks resumed in......

Failure Of The Polish Church To Address Aids Awareness

Church in Europe Cardinal Glemp haa said the issue of Aids is too serious to be left to noisy amateurs. Jonathan Luxmoore reports WHEN Poland's Church leader, Cardinal Joz.ef......

A Ministry That Is Vital For Growth

Pat Jones, Assistant General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference outlines her vision of collaborative ministry WHEN any new idea becomes popular, there is a tendency to......

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Glimpsing The

setWord in words My Secret Planet by Denis 'Healey (Michael Joseph, £16.99) Lord Longford WHEN I reviewed Denis Healey's memoires I described it as the best political......

A Village Chapel: Satterthwaite Church, In The Heart Of The

English Lakeland, was remembered by veteran walker Alfred Wainwright in his final book (Wainwright in the Valleys of Lakeland, Michael Joseph, £17.55). Wainwright, who died not......

Only The Shrillest Of Voices Here

We the People: Journeys through the Heart of Protestant Ulster by Geoffrey Beattie, (Heinemann, £16.99) James Tweed LAST month saw an unwelcome ,statistic about the Northern......

Villains 9 Villains 9

everywhere! The Oxford Book of Villains, Edited by John Mortimer (Oxford University Press, £16.95) Desmond Albrow AS JOHN Mortimer points out in his introduction, the world may......

Life, The Universe And Everything Made Clear

Science and the Soul: New Cosmology, the Self and God by Angela Tilby (SPCK, £ 12.99) Cristina Odone DOES a world where so much can be explained by scientific deduction,......

A Blow For The Cause Of The Real Founder

Led by the Spirit: The Life and Work of Claude Poullart des Places by Sean Farragher (Paraclete Press, £10) Fr John Cole OP BEFORE he left this world Jesus has said to his......

Musicality, Drama And A Sense Of Devotion

Collected Poems and the Dream of Gerontius by John Henry Newman (Fisher Press, £6.99) Terry O'Sullivan ELGAR's setting of The Dream of Gerontius, and the popularity of the hymn,......

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At The Still Point Of The Turning World

Sue Chapman visits the Norwich shrine of St Julian, the greatest of England's women mystics, and still an inspiration to many TWENTY years ago St Julian, authoress and 14th......

Opting Out Of Capitalism In Oxford

They're poor, they're anarchic, but they are places of love. Judith Rice reports on the first British hospitality house of the Catholic Worker Movement "WHEN we look to our......

The Importance Of Being Honest With God

Fr John Mills OP begins a new series by looking at the problems of prayer through the eyes of six different people. Part 1: To pray or not to pray? Speaking of Prayer "PRAYING......

National Organisation Of Catholic Laymen

The Laity Steadfast We honour Christ most of all when we honour His Father, who is also our Father. We who are Parents honour Father, Son and Holy Spirit in honourable......

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Small, Round And Beautiful

GALLERIES by Leigh Hatts "THIS medal has caused the death of the art since one will never see better," said Michelangelo of a papal medal design by Salviati. The sketch, with......

Ageing Confessions Of An Unbeliever

BROADCAST NEWS by Joanna Moorhead IF AN Wilson were either a Jew or a Bible scholar, I doubt whether Channel 4 would have glanced twice at his programme proposal. There would.......

An Impersonal 'life Force' Or A God Who Knows Us, Cares...

SCRIPTURE NOTEBOOK by Fr John Wijngaards Amos 6, la 4-7 1 Timothy 6, 11-16 Luke 16, 19-31 THE Sunday before last we reflected on idolatry and on worship of the true God.......

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The Great, Sad Divide

Ronald Rolheiser THE signs of the times cry out to us... hear and respond to what cries for redemption! Few things cry out as loudly today as does the brokenness of a world......

Broken Under Severe Interrogation

Charterhouse Chronicle by Brian Dooley I f. YOU were captured and tortured for information, would you break? The two British airmen who were seized by Iraqi soldiers during the......

Former Adversaries Join Forces To Serve An Entire Country

Letter from El Salvador WITH the blessing of the diocesan priest Fr Rogelio Esquivel, El Salvador's new Public Security Academy was finally opened last week four months behind......