27th January 2012

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Archbishop Presses May On Same-sex Marriage

BY MARK GREAVES ARCHBISHOP Peter Smith of Southwark met the Home Secretary Theresa May on Monday to discuss the Government’s plans to introduce same-sex marriage. The......

Over 20,000 Pilgrims Attend Vigil For Life

MORE THAN 20,000 pilgrims attended the National Prayer Vigil for Life in Washington DC this week. The vigil, held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate......

Cardinal Wants Government To Block Abortion Advertisements

BY SIMON CALDWELL ENGLAND ’ S most senior Catholic cleric has accused regulators of “encouraging abortions” by allowing private clinics to seek business through television and......

Pope Tells Us Bishops: Secularism Is Threatening...

BY FRANCIS X ROCCA AND SARAH DELANEY POPE BENEDICT XVI has warned US bishops that “radical secularism” threatens the core values ofAmerican culture and called on Catholics to......

Pope: Only In Silence Can God’s Love Sink In

BY CAROL GLATZ AMID the deluge of information and chatter in today’s media, the Church must help people find havens of silence, Pope Benedict XVI has said. He made the comment......

Actor Robert Carlyle To Give Up Coffee For Lent

BY ED WEST CATHOLIC actor Robert Carlyle is giving up coffee for Lent to help the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund’s “Wee Box, Big Change” campaign. The fundraising......

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Leeds Diocese Caught In Row Over Boy Who Has Disability

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE MOTHER of a boy with Down’s Syndrome has accused the Church of letting her down after her diocese declined to allow her son to make his First Holy......

Oratory Priest And Champion Of Newman Cause Dies At 89

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN AND PETER JENNINGS THE FORMER Provost of the Birmingham Oratory and champion of the beatification of Cardinal Newman, Fr Gregory Winterton, has died at the......

Mp Removes Sex Education Bill

BY ED WEST A BILL that would have introduced mandatory abstinence classes for girls aged 13 to 16 was removed before it was to go through Parliament last week.......

Abuse Victim Will Address Bishops At Summit In Rome

IRISH abuse victim Marie Collins is to address a symposium of bishops in Rome as part of the Church’s new initiative for handling abuse cases. Miss Collins, who was abused by a......

Locked-in Sufferer In Legal Battle

A MAN with locked-in syndrome who has launched a High Court bid for doctors to lawfully end his life is facing opposition from the Government. Lawyers for the Ministry of......

Latest Embryo Tests Criticised

SCIENTISTS at Newcastle University have mastered a technique for creating an embryo with three separate parents, prompting criticism from pro-life groups. The embryos were......

Mass Held For The Unborn

FARM STREET , the Jesuit church in west London, will hold its annual Mass for the unborn on Thursday next week. Fr William Pearsall SJ said the Mass would be for all those who......

Parish Appeals For Indian Priest To Stay In Wales

BY MARK GREAVES AN INDIAN priest has become so popular at a parish in north Wales that parishioners are campaigning to keep him there even though he has been ordered to return......

Almost 100,000 Protest At Closure Of Irish Embassy

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN THE IRISH government is facing widespread protest from both the public and parliamentarians following its decision to close its embassy to the Holy See. A......

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Bishop Seeks Ecumenical Truth And Reconciliation Body

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN AN ENGLISH bishop has called for the creation of a “truth and reconciliation commission” to promote Christian unity. In an address marking the Week of......

Archbishop Says Poor Are Biggest Victims Of Cuts

BY ED WEST ARCHBISHOP Peter Smith of Southwark has said that the widening gap between rich and poor in society undermines the Government’s claim that “we are all in this......

Bishops Visit Olympic Site To Highlight Church’s Role In...

ARCHBISHOP Vincent Nichols of Westminster visited the site of the London Olympic Games last week with Bishop of the Forces Richard Moth, Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood,......

Head Of Catholic Education Agency Is To Step Down

BY ED WEST OONA STANNARD is to step down as chief executive of the Catholic Education Service for England and Wales (CESEW). Ms Stannard, who has been at CESEW for 12 years,......

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Religious Liberty Issue May Sway Us Voters

VATICAN NOTEBOOK Edward Pentin P ope Benedict XVI’s strong warning to US bishops last week about radical secularism points to what could emerge as the most important issue......

Two Priests Are Kidnapped During Robbery In Sudan

FEARS are growing for the safety of two priests who have been abducted in Kosti, Sudan. Fr Joseph Makwey, in his 40s, and Fr Sylvester Mogga, in his mid-30s, were seized by men......

Parish Prays For Cruise Ship Couple

PARISHIONERS in a suburb of St Paul, Minnesota, have been praying for a couple reported missing since the capsizing of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia last week.......

Bishops Sign Petition On Life

THE CATHOLIC bishops of California are backing proposed ballot measures to require parental notification before a minor’s abortion and to end use of the death penalty in the......

Us Archbishop Laments War Toll

THE WARS in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a tremendous toll on members of the military and their families, Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the US Archdiocese for the Military......

Vatican Approves Prayers Of The Way

BY CAROL GLATZ THE VATICAN has approved non-liturgical celebrations of the Neocatechumenal Way, it was announced last week. At a general audience Pope Benedict XVI said that......

Christians Expelled From Kashmir

CHURCH leaders in India have criticised an Islamic court’s decision to expel five Christians, including a Catholic priest. A Sharia court in Jammu and Kashmir state ordered the......

Radical Islam Is On The Rise, Says Bosnian Cardinal

BY JOHN NEWTON AND EVA - MARIA KOLMANN THE RISE of radical Islam in Bosnia-Herzegovina is going unchallenged by the authorities, the country’s leading bishop has said. Cardinal......

Bishops Say Nigerians Are In Shock After Attacks

BY SARAH DELANEY TWO NIGERIAN bishops have deplored bloody attacks by a radical Islamist group, warning the international community of deep social divisions and displaced......

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Us Government Rejects Pleas On Healthcare

Catholic institutions will now be forced to fund contraception as part of their health insurance BY NANCY FRAZIER O ʼ BRIEN CATHOLICS in the United States have expressed dismay......

Cardinal Urges Pro-life Marchers Not To Compromise Beliefs

BY MARK PATTISON PARTICIPANTS at the annual March for Life in Washington DC on Sunday were urged not to let themselves be compromised in their beliefs as the federal government......

Cardinal Wuerl: Education Is Key To New Evangelisation

BY FRANCIS ROCCA CARDINAL Donald Wuerl of Washington has stressed the importance of education and a renewal of faith in fighting the growing threats to religious liberty posed......

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Christians Are Weakened By Lack Of Unity, Says Pope

BY CINDY WOODEN AND SARAH DELANEY DIVISION among Christians weakens their credibility and their ability to respond to the spiritual yearning of many men and women today,......

Archbishop Asks China To Release Ailed Clergy

BY FRANCIS ROCCA THE VATICAN ’ S highest-ranking Chinese official has called on Beijing to release nine arrested Catholic bishops and priests, saying that their continued......

Prelate: Abortion Damages Respect For The Disabled

BY STAFF REPORTER A HOSPITAL ’ S alleged refusal to provide a kidney transplant to a mentally disabled threeyear-old is yet another example of the harm caused by the Roe vs......

Accept Mystery Of Christ To Find Peace, Says Leader

BY DENNIS SADOWSKI FR JULIAN CARRON , the Spanish priest who leads the Communion and Liberation movement, has one piece of advice for Catholics. Accepting the mystery that is......

Pope Says Martyr Is A Model For Students

BY SARAH DELANEY POPE BENEDICT XVI held up the life of a young virgin and martyr as an example to seminarians of the commitment to Christ required by young men seeking to enter......

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‘we Never Say There’s Nothing We Can Do’

Luke Coppen talks to Anne Merriman, the doctor who pioneered palliative care in Africa after a near-death experience of her own D r Anne Merriman hurtled down the M6, as she......

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Huntsman Was Crazy To Back Evolution

O n a Thursday afternoon last August Jon Huntsman, then a candidate for the Republican nomination in the US presidential race, used Twitter to send the shortest political......

The Crusades Demolished Christian Unity

Peter Frankopan says that the military adventure wrecked a promising attempt to heal the rift between Christians in the East and West he Crusades are back in a beautifully shot......

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Gear Up For 27 Days Of Royal Weddings

James Parker says that this summer the Church will be at the heart of one of the biggest celebrations this country has seen T here is a feeling that Europe has little to......

Let’s Adam And Eve It

SCIENCE & FAITH Quentin de la Bédoyère N o one can read Fr Jack Mahoney SJ’s remodelled scenario of salvation history without the respect owed to a learned and distinguished......

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Speaker Tells Assembly About Life With Disability

PUPILS from St John Bosco Primary School in West Bromwich, West Midlands, took part in a disability awareness day on Tuesday following a visit to the school from John......

Boys Win Prize For Animation About Soft Metal

NIALL HOGAN , aged 14 and James Redlaff, aged 13, both students at St Mary’s Catholic High School in Menston, West Yorkshire, have won a national competition run by the Copper......

Pupils Visit Olympic Stadium

A GROUP of Year 8 and Year 9 pupils from St Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, enjoyed a recent trip to London where they got the opportunity to......

Prep School Appoints New Head

LEWESTON Preparatory School in Sherborne, Dorset, has appointed James Savile as its new head. Mr Savile is currently deputy head of Gordonstoun Junior School, a leading prep......

Lives Remembered Professor Sir Michael Dummett,...

June 27 1925. He died on December 27 2011, aged 86. In one of Max Beerbohm’s Seven Men stories the narrator claims that, “for me faith and reason were two separate things”.......

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Sister Elizabeth Makes Her Solemn Profession

THE SOLEMN PROFESSION of Sister Elizabeth Burgess at St Cecilia’s Abbey, in Ryde on the Isle of the Wight on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, was a celebration of joy,......

Ordinariate Magazine Celebrates Its First Birthday

THE PORTAL magazine started 12 months ago as “an independent review serving the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham”. Funded by grants from Cost of Conscience, the Catholic......

Primary School Players Are On A Winning Streak

THE FOOTBALL TEAM from St John Bosco Primary School in West Bromwich, West Midlands, has continued its excellent run of form with two wins in the space of three days to take its......

St Benedict’s Dominates Middlesex Rugby Cups

ST BENEDICT ’ S SCHOOL in Ealing, west London, has won four out of five Middlesex Rugby Cups at the U18, U15, U14 and U13 levels. The U18s won the Middlesex Cup for the first......

Musical Helps The Homeless

A PRODUCTION of a specially written musical version of the Christmas story with words put to the music of ABBA has raised more than £2,800 for local charities in Leicester,......

Female Students Achieve First At London School

SOME say good things come in threes. That was certainly the case when this year’s Oxbridge interview results were announced at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London.......

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The Internet Inspires A Daft New Religion

Freddy Gray Notebook F reedom of information isn’t a matter of life and death; it’s more important than that. At least it is if you’re one of the 3,000 members of the Church of......

Closing Schools With Too Few Catholics Is A Bad Idea

We should rejoice that non-Catholic children are flocking to our schools, says Nicolas Kennedy B ishop Michael Campbell should be congratulated on his initiative to consult on......

The Bishops Were Right To Block Cuts

Mary Kenny I feel much sympathy with the bishops in the House of Lords in their efforts to exclude child benefit from the overall welfare cuts that are being proposed by the......

How To Foil Your Laptop’s Sneaky Plots

Nick Thomas A s the uncrowned heads of Europe continue their efforts to save the dream of the pan-continental currency, I learn, not greatly to my surprise, that financial......

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Don’t Stand For The Selling Of Death In Your Living Room

et us not mince words: abortion is a foul trade. We all know of sad cases in which women find themselves carrying new life in their wombs and regretting it. But it is a......

Obama Tightens The Screw

W hen Barack Obama ran for the US presidency he presented himself as a unifier. Last week he succeeded in unifying the quarrelsome American Church – against him, that is.......

Ireland’s Lay People Arise

A remarkable and cheering event took place in Dublin last week. Almost a third of Ireland’s members of parliament attended a meeting in the capital to protest against the......

Catholic Dilemmas This Year Marks The 50th Anniversary Of...

opening of Vatican II. Why is the Church not doing anything to mark this significant occasion? In fact, Pope Benedict has announced a Year of Faith to mark the 50th anniversary......

The Oratory Priest Who Lived To See His Dream For Newman...

From Fr Michael G Murphy SIR – News has just reached me of the death of Fr Gregory Winterton of the Birmingham Oratory. I wish now to dedicate to the memory of my good friend,......

Could It Actually Be A Sin To Pay For Your Television...

From Mr Stefano Mazzeo, coordinator of Catholics Unplug your Televisions (CUT) SIR – I wholeheartedly agree with Eric Hester (Letter, December 23) that it is immoral for......

Bucking The Trend

From Dr Joseph Shaw, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford University SIR – Will Heaven (Comment, January 20) tells us that monastic schools, like Downside,......

Banding Together

From Mr Bernard Toolan SIR – In order to disguise their intellectual bankruptcy it is necessary for liberals, socialists, and similar Left-wing paragons of virtue to slander......

A Prophetic Vision

From Mr William Keenan SIR – Anyone who doubts that Falconer’s Law (Report, January 13) could lead to elder abuse in Britain should read Adam Grace’s prophetic novel, Keep......

Like The Sspx, The Pope Is Worried By The Devastation Of...

From Miss Patricia McKeever, editor of Catholic Truth SIR – Hefele is correctly identified by your correspondent (January 20) as being one of two great modern scholars who......

Embracing Mugabe

From Mr John E Plumb SIR – With your headline (Report, January 20) reading “Mugabe wages a secret war on Catholics in Zimbabwe”, will the Vatican explain its continuing, formal......

How You Can Help Seminarians Of The Traditional Priestly...

From Mr Michael Lord, general manager of the Latin Mass Society SIR – Readers who were inspired by Mary O’Regan’s interview (January 6) with Ian Verrier, about studying for the......

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Eastwood’s Biopic Of Hoover Is Very Tame

FILM REVIEW J. Edgar 137 MINUTES CERT 15 A wards season is upon us and the stars are out and up on our big screens making various bids for Best Actor and Best Actress glory.......

A Clever Bill That Can’t Quite Deliver

Prokofiev: Man of the People? SOUTHBANK , LONDON Inner Voices WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL HALL O rchestras like organising their concerts into a series, knowing that a series......

An Intellectually Buoyant Play On A Bare Stage

THEATRE REVIEW Constellations ROYAL COURT UPSTAIRS A re we part of a multiverse? Do we have we choice? Is there really free will or is everything predestined? A professional......

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The British People Never Truly Embraced Empire

The tale of the British Empire has been told often but rarely with such wit and verve, says John Hinton Empire BY JEREMY PAXMAN VIKING, £25 B etween the lines of Jeremy......

Silent Types

Jonathan Wright relishes a thoughtful meditation on the role of silence in our lives The Power of Silence BY COLUM KENNY KARNAC, £23.99 W hy are we sometimes silent? Colum......

Books In Brief

Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard (Faber, £12.99) Finally out of the shadow of his famous father, Elmore, Peter Leonard has created a spectacular and deeply felt novel of......

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The Word This Week

By Bishop David McGough Fourth Sunday of the Year Deut 18:15-20; 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mk 1:21-28 F rom the dawn of time sinful humanity has striven for life and knowledge, a key that......

Prayers Of The Week Prayer Of St John Bosco Most

Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, how sweet it is to come to your feet imploring your perpetual help. If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children, how can you,......

The Week Ahead Ordiinary Form Divine Office Week Iv Sunday,

January 29: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Deut 18:15-20; 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mk 1:21-28 Monday, January 30: Weekday in Ordinary Time 2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13; Ps 3; Mk 5:1-20......

And With Your Spirit

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf T he Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time has its origin in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary . When you hear this prayer intoned in Latin you......

Papal Teaching

By John Paul II Homily on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord (2001) ‘C ome, Lord, to your holy temple.” With this invocation, which we sang in the Responsorial Psalm,......

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Pastor Iuventus

The past is a less expensive country I have had occasion to do a lot of sorting out. It often puts me in mind of the custom members of religious orders have of going through......

Lectio Divina

By Mgr Anthony Abela True authority Mark 1:21-28 21 Jesus and his disciples came to the town of Capernaum, and on the next Sabbath Jesus went to the synagogue and began to......

Daily Mass Guide Monday, January 30 If The Man With

the unclean spirit is worried about Jesus “torturing” him, then why does he, “from a distance”, run to him at once and prostrate himself before Christ? Why doesn’t he run in the......

Saint Of The Week

St Thomas Aquinas (January 28) T homas Aquinas ( c 1225-74) was the greatest of the medieval Doctors of the Church. His life was devoted to prayer, teaching, writing and......

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A Gondola Ride To Unity

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith Charterhouse L ast Sunday, in case you didn’t notice, was the Sunday within the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Octave, now more commonly......

Mosquito Bites

Fr Ronald Rolheiser The Last Word W hen grace enters, there is no choice: humans must dance. W H Auden wrote those words and, beautiful as they sound, I wish they were true.......