26th June 1992

26th June 1992
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Education Secretary John Patten Warned By Cardinal Basil...

Cardinal supports AIDS education by Cristina Odone CARDINAL Basil Hume has stated his unequivocal support for HIV and AIDS education in Catholic schools in a letter to......

Nuns Raped In Bosnian Convent Siege

by Timothy Elphick POPE John Paul II this week offered prayers for 20 nuns said to have been abused and raped by Serbian forces at their convent in the ex-Yugoslav republic of......

Methodists Debate Unity

By Angus Macdonald "CAN the Roman Catholic and Methodist Churches be reconciled?" is the title of a report to be debated at the annual Methodist Conference beginning this week......

Jobless Plea On Sunday

UNEMPLOYMENT is "an affront lo human dignity" which Christians in the parishes should fight, showing love for the powerless, Archbishop Michael Bowen of Southwark says in a......

Diana's Holy Family

AN ANCESTOR of the Princess of Wales took a step towards sainthood this week. The cause of Fr Ignatius Spencer, a Passionist priest distantly related to Princess Diana through......

Prices Soar For Anglican Newly-weds

THE cost of tying the marital knot in Britain's Anglican churches is set to soar by ten times the rate of inflation, it was announced this week. From next January the 100,000......

Ratzinger Attacks Grassroots Trends

by Viviane Hewitt in Rome IN MS third call for theological order in as many weeks, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has......

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Married Priests 'wanted' In Us

THREE out of four Catholics in the United States would favour the introduction of married priests, according to a Gallup poll released this week. The poll, commissioned by......

Holy See Warns Un Township 'hurricane'

THE Vatican this week warned the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) against proposals from some countries aimed at introducing family planning programmes "or other similar......

Appeal For Calm As Split Is Declared

by Timothy Elphick AN URGENT appeal to the peoples of Czechoslovakia not to give way to hostility and bitterness as the country splits in two was issued by the bishops of the......

News In Brief

Row over Big Mac A STORM has blown up in Italy over a Church lease to a McDonald's hamburger restaurant by the ruins of Pompeii, stirring the ire of conservationists. But Mgr......

Innocent Victims Of The Civil War In The Ex-yugoslav...

of Bosnia-Herzogovina are facing torture, rape and arrest every day of their lives as a result of the fighting, the parish priest of the Marian shrine of Medjugorje has said. Fr......

Dail Plans To Thwart I Pro-life Campaign

THE Dublin government is planning to thwart the Irish antiabortion campaign in the run-up to the Republic's autumn referendum on the issue, it was claimed this week. The......

Haitian Overture May Prove To Be Siren's Call

PROMISES made by Haiti's new prime minister this week that he is ready to meet deposed priestpresident Fr Jean-Bertrand Aristide "anywhere, any time" are unlikely to end the......

Priest-slayer Convicted

A JURY in the United States this week took four hours to convict an Alabama man accused of battering a Catholic priest with a lead pipe before burning him to death. David......

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Cardinal's Plea To Tackle Refugee Crisis

by Angus Macdonald CARDINAL Basil Hume has appealed to Western governments to reduce the burden of international debt on Third World countries, institute more generous aid......

Pregnant Doll Is A 'pro Abortion Tool' Says Life

A CHILD'S toy of a pregnant doll is causing concern among pro-life groups which view it as a potential "pro-abortion tool". The 12-inch-high Cindy-type doll has a removable......

Healing Tv Evangelist Under Fire

CHRISTIANS have expressed concern about the advertising techniques of American healing televangelist Morris Cerullo who preached to tens of thousands at a London mission this......

A Herald Of Ecumenism

ECUMENICAL relations were given a boost last Sunday when the Anglican church of St Katharine Cree in London sold the Catholic Herald on its premises for the first time. The......

Sharp Rise In Homeless Forecast

A CATHOLIC housing agency has described as "apocalyptic" a cross-party report out this week which forecasts a sharp rise in the number of homeless families in London. A report......

Catholic School Joins Eton In Training

by Murray White A CATH01.1C comprehensive school working in partnership with top public school Eton College is to pioneer a unique "in-house" scheme for training teachers. The......

Mps Pay Tribute To Manning

OVER 20 MPs have put their names to a motion commending the memory and example of Cardinal Manning to the nation. The motion, commemorating the centenary of his death,......

News In Brief

American Indian visit CATHOLIC Action for Native America 1992 (CAFNA) will hold a conference on July 25 In London. Speakers will include two native Americans, including the......

Bishops Diaries

THE beginning of the week sees a number of the bishops gathering in Salford for a Mass of thanksgiving to celebrate the episcopal silver jubilee of Bishop Burke, Bishop Patrick......

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Molotov Cocktails

A GOVERNMENT study has just been releasedwhich shows that couples who live together before marriage are at least 40 per cent more likely to divorce within 15 years of their......

Face That Could Launch A Fishing Smack

DESMOND ALBROW AT one time it was a Fleet Street convention that dog did not eat dog. Those days have happily disappeared and editors and proprietors now come regularly into......

Re John Stansfield's Assertion That As The Father Sent His

son, not his daughter, to redeem the world, and that the person who stands as alter Christus must be a man, (Catholic Herald, June 12): Mr Stansfield is ignoring history.......

For Some Years I Have Been Engaged In The Daunting

task of tracking down GK Chesterton's poetry, and I have recently sent to the publishers the text of the first volume. It will contain over 500 poems —more than double the......

Best-seller Promoting The Good

I THOUGHT the interview with Alice Thomas Ellis (Catholic Herald, June 19) shed some interesting light on how we all ought to have approached the Bishop Casey affair:......

The Anguish Of Annulment

WAS very grateful for the excellent piece on annulment written by your correspondent Lucy Lethbridge (Catholic Herald. June 19). Having gone through the anguish of waiting for......

Apostle Of Peace Asks Us To Pray

IT is said that for evil to triumph it requires only that good do nothing. I am not suggesting that nothing is being done to help the suffering people of BosniaHerzogovina and......

This Is With Reference To Your Front Page Headline,...

The phrase "as if they had the right to alter the faith" seemed to stick in my mind, for when reading the introduction to the book on St Anselm by GP Evans, Anselm and Talking......

It Is Quite Disgraceful For Br Patrick White To Use

the word "genocide" when describing Israeli attitudes towards the Palestinians (Catholic Herald, June12). To do so is to demonstrate so extreme a bias as to invalidate......

Hearing Aids Sought

AS THE director of a leading hearing centre in central London, I am trying to gather together old hearing aids to establish a "hearing aid museum". The museum will be open to......

Boat People

welcome? THE Bishops of England and Wales asked recently that all Catholics should be prepared to extend the hand of friendship to the Vietnamese boat people and Hong Kong......

Alice Thomas Ellis To Write Vatican Ii Book

AS ALICE Thomas Ellis is at present in Ireland working on her eagerly-awaited biography of Bishop Casey, perhaps you will allow me to correct a misunderstanding that crept into......

The Worst Enemy Of Truth Is Not Falsehood But Censorship

1 SEE that Mr Boyle (Catholic Herald, June 19) would permit mc to air my views in the secular media and clerical publications and clearly not in the Catholic press. This is to......

Choose Adoptio N, Not Abortion

WE READ today about the increase in the number of abortions in this country. What are we doing wrong? What can it mean that in our society there are more than 90,000 women who......

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Children In The Shadow Of The Intifada

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Hugo Slim, of Save the Children, examines the plight of Palestinian children......

The Pope, Marx And The Market

Which comes first, prosperity or people? Frank Hendry looks at how the Church treats capitalism CATHOLIC social teaching has always opposed extreme market theory. At the same......

France: Vive La Difference!

Traditionalists, Taize, charismatics: Neil Kenny examines the different strains of French Catholicism European Viewpoint ON the face of it, French Catholicism has suffered a......

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Gifts Of Grace And Visions Of Eternity

THE RELIQUARY (shown top left), which is thought to have been a papal gift to an English cardinal of the house of Stuart in the middle of the 18th century, is one of more than......

Faith A Virtue Or A Vice?

What is Faith? by Anthony Kenny (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, £5.99) Kevin Flannery SJ IN 1982 Anthony Kenny gave the Bampton Lectures in America. These were......

Painting By Numbers

Piero della Francesca by Carlo Bertelli (Yale University Press, £35) John Budgen ONE OF the most loved of all the Italian early Renaissance masters, the Umbrian painter Piero......

The World At War In An Age Of Peace

World Conflicts by Patrick Brogan (Bloomsbury Press, £20) John Laffin THIS IS the second edition the first was written in 1988 of one of the most useful books of its kind for......

Is Science Incompatible With The Word Of God?

Understanding the Present: Science and the Soul of Modern Man by Bryan Appleyard (Pan Books, £14.99) Dr Maryanne Trayien APPLEYARD argues that science cannot be neutral. He......

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Keys To The Kingdom Of Catholic Literary Society

HISTORICAL data is lost, hut tradition has it that the idea for a Catholic writers' guild was first conceived by Anthony (Tony) Praga just before World War II. The son of a......

This Week We Begin A New Series On The Parishioners Who,...

A helping hand Unsung Saints VAL Bentley, of the parish of Our Lady, Lisson Grove in west London, is a woman of many and varied parts who, in her early 70s, puts many of us to......

Cutting Out The Psychobabble

Angus Macdonald visits a pioneering project for runaways in London, and finds a robust and up-front counselling approach FR DAVID Smolira does not use his religious title in......

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To Win A Medal For The God Of Sport

BROADCAST NEWS by Deborah Thomas THERE has been no noticeable effect at Wimbledon so far, but get ready for genuflecting athletes by the dozen when the Barcelona Olympics start......

Field Of The Cloth Of Gold On A Cope

GALLERIES by Leigh Halts ONE of the highlights of the annual Christian Resources Exhibition on Sandown Racecourse is ecclesiastical embroiderer Jacquie Binns' small stand......

A Search Among A Ploughman's Team For A Prophet Of The...

SCRIPTURE NOTEBOOK by Fr John Wijngaards I Kings 19: 16 19-21 Galations 5: 1 13-18 Luke 9: 51-62 TODAY'S first reading presents a short, but very powerful story. The prophet......

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Free Love But The Heart Ends Up Paying

Ronald Rolheiser THE notion that the only proper way to fully express sexual love is within a life-long marriage is today under siege, both as a moral and romantic ideal. Not......

Marching For Jesus Out Of Step

St Peter's Catholic Community, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex Dear Friends, Should we march for Jesus? The Baptists in our town think we should. The rest of us are lukewarm,......

A Latter-day Tower Of Babel

Peter Hebblethwaite HERE are two rules for Charterhouse chroniclers. Rule I: Never mention Medjugorje. Rule 11: Same as rule I, but with added emphasis. Let me rather talk......