2nd March 2012

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Ethicists Call For Killing Of Newborns To Be Made Legal

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN A LEADING British medical journal has published an article calling for the introduction of infanticide for social and medical reasons. The article in the......

Starlet Turned Sister Returns To Oscars

A 73 - YEAR - OLD nun walked the Oscars red carpet on Sunday for the first time in 50 years. Mother Dolores Hart, who starred in two films with Elvis Presley before joining the......

Catholic Library To Seek Home In London

BY ED WEST THE CATHOLIC National Library is planning to move back to London after five years in Hampshire. The library is currently based in St Michael’sAbbey, Farnborough,......

Archbishop Nichols ‘reaffirms’ Soho Masses Following...

BY STAFF REPORTER ARCHBISHOP Vincent Nichols has reaffirmed the Diocese of Westminster’s pastoral provision for gay Catholics following accusations that it provides a......

Pope’s Brother: I Felt Sad At Election News

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN POPE BENEDICT XVI ’s brother has said that he felt “disheartened” and “depressed” on hearing the news that his brother had been elected Pope. In......

Spanish Bishop Cuts His Salary By A Quarter

BY ED WEST A SPANISH bishop has taken a voluntary pay cut of 25 per cent in solidarity with the country’s poor. Bishop Xavier Novell of Solsona in Catalonia, who at 42 is......

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Director Criticises Migrant Detention

BY ED WEST THE DIRECTOR of the Jesuit Refugee Service has criticised the Government’s policy of detaining asylum seekers. Louise Zanre said that the use of detention was......

Over 700 Londoners To Become Catholic At Easter

HUNDREDS of Londoners are preparing to be received into the Catholic Church at Easter. Over 700 people took part in Rite of Election ceremonies at Westminster Cathedral last......

Sacred Items Stolen From Church

CHURCHES in Walsall have been asked to be vigilant following the theft of the tabernacle, brass candlesticks, crucifixes and other religious items from St Joseph’s Catholic......

Archbishop: Iê¼m Not Persecuted

THE ARCHBISHOP of Westminster has said he does not believe Christians in Britain are being persecuted for their faith. In an interview with the Guardian , Archbishop Vincent......

Bbc Harsher On Christianity

THE DIRECTOR general of the BBC has said that Christianity is treated less sensitively than other religions because it has “pretty broad shoulders”. Mark Thompson, a......

Catholics Mourn Comedian Frank Carson

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN FANS mourning the death of Catholic comedian Frank Carson paid their last respects last weekend by visiting his casket. Hundreds of mourners said their......

Ethicists’ Appeal For Infanticide Provokes Outrage

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN Continued from Page 1 the fact that a foetus has the potential to become a person who will have an (at least) acceptable life is no reason for prohibiting......

Scottish Cardinal Hails Pakistani Martyr As A Hero

BY JOHN NEWTON CARDINAL KEITH O ’ BRIEN has paid tribute to murdered Pakistan politician and human rights campaigner Shahbaz Bhatti, calling on people to take up his cause in......

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More Parishes Prepare To Join Ordinariate

Three ex-Anglican clergy and over 200 lay people plan to cross the Tiber in Holy Week BY ED WEST OVER 200 former Anglicans are preparing to be received into the Catholic Church......

Mps: Rights Of Christians Are Left At The Bottom Of The Heap

EQUALITY LAWS dealing with sexual orientatation have weakened the rights of religious believers, a group of parliamentarians have declared. In a report by the parliamentary......

Future Of Thriving Liverpool Parish Hangs In Balance

BY STAFF REPORTER A THRIVING parish in Liverpool serving 600 Catholics may soon be closed, it emerged this week. The parish, St Austin’s Grassendale, is run by Ampleforth......

Minister: We Can Change Definition Of Marriage

BY ED WEST THE GOVERNMENT ’ S Equality Minister has criticised the role of churches in the debate over same-sex marriage, saying that Christians do not “own” marriage.......

Athletes To Address Catholics At Wembley

BY ED WEST GOLD medal-winning Olympic athlete Jason Gardener will address a group of Catholic youths at Wembley Arena later this month. Mr Gardener, who won gold at the 2004......

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Syrian Christians Cling To Assad Regime

VATICAN NOTEBOOK Edward Pentin S ince the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the country’s Christians have expressed understandable fears about the consequences of......

Pope To Visit Milan For World Gathering Of Families

THE ARCHDIOCESE of Milan, which will host the World Meeting of Families 2012, has announced that Pope Benedict XVI will spend three days in the northern Italian city in June,......

Vatican Hails Improved Relations

VIETNAM ’ S government has agreed to allow the Pope’s special envoy to have greater freedom to visit its Catholic citizens, the Vatican spokesman has said. Fr Federico......

Sspx Bishop To Be Tried Again

BISHOP Richard Williamson of the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) is to be tried again in Germany on the charge of Holocaust denial after a judge ruled that procedural errors......

Friar Asks Israel To Protect Sites

THE CUSTODIAN of holy places in the Holy Land has appealed to the Israeli president for help in ending attacks on Christian holy sites. Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa recalled in a......

Archbishop To Nigeria: Stay United

ARCHBISHOP John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja has challenged Nigerians to do everything possible keep their nation united and to resist any attempts to divide it along narrow......

Bishop: Is Paralysed By Fear

BY JOHN PONTIFEX AND FRANCIS X ROCCA A BISHOP in Syria has said that the country is “locked in a murderous stalemate” and has described how his people say farewell to one......

Senators, States And Sisters Fight Us Contraceptive Mandate

BY NANCY FRAZIER O ʼ BRIEN SEVEN American states have filed suit against the federal government mandate hat nearly all health insurance plans cover contraceptives free of......

Campaign Group: Pastor Will Be Hanged Very Soon

BY ED WEST AN IRANIAN Christian pastor sentenced to death for apostasy is to be hanged “imminently”, an American human rights group has said. The American Centre for Law......

Vatican Tells University In Peru: Change Statutes

BY CAROL GLATZ THE PONTIFICAL Catholic University of Peru must amend its statutes in conformity with Vatican norms for the good of the university and the whole Church in Peru,......

Official Defends Polish Church’s Record On Abuse

BY JONATHAN LUXMOORE THE SPOKESMAN for the Polish bishops’ conference has defended its handling of sexual abuse accusations against Catholic clergy, as the bishops prepared......

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Pope: Profit Motive Limits Fertility Advances

Benedict XVI addresses medics after day-long conference on assessing and treating infertility BY CINDY WOODEN AN ALMOST exclusive reliance on technology and a focus on......

Cubans Are United In Seeing The Papal Visit As A Blessing

BY PATRICIA ZAPOR THE CHURCH in Cuba that Pope Benedict XVI will visit this month is more unified, more public, more likely to work with the government and more hopeful since......

Pope Urged To Help American Jailed In Cuba For 15 Years

BY MARK PATTISON AN American Jewish group has launched an online petition asking Pope Benedict XVI to intercede with Cuban officials during his visit to free a Jewish man......

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Ashes Remind Us That Death Is Not The End, Says Pope

BY CINDY WOODEN RECEIVING ashes at the beginning of Lent is a call to repentance and humility and a sign that believers know that death will not have the final word in their......

Judge Paves Way For Ex-minister To Be Deported

BY DENNIS SADOWSKI FAMILY and friends of four American churchwomen murdered in 1980 have welcomed a ruling that paves the way for the deportation of a former defence minister......

Poll Shows Debt Is An Obstacle To Religious Life

BY DENNIS SADOWSKI TWO THIRDS of religious orders in America have turned away applicants because they are in debt, new research claims. Researchers Mary Gautier and Melissa......

Same-sex Marriage Bill ‘rushed Into Law’

BY GEORGE MATYSEK JR THE executive director to the Maryland Catholic Conference’s has said that the people of the state “will be outraged” to learn how quickly the bill......

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‘i Knew I’d Never See Complete Victory’

Veteran campaigner Phyllis Bowman tells Madeleine Teahan how she has found the strength to wage a 45-year ‘battle for the baby’ O n October 28 1967 Phyllis Bowman lay awake......

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Our Chance To Change Hearts And Minds

A fter years of despondency following successive parliamentary defeats, the prolife campaign has finally gained the upper hand following a seismic week in terms of news stories......

Marriage: It’s Time To Clear Away The Fog

Christopher West says that Catholics need a firm understanding of what marriage really is if they are to resist attempts to alter its meaning an a man marry a man? Can a woman......

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Caught In The Blinding Light Of Love

F or any parent, this Sunday’s readings are dominated by the horrifying story of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of Isaac. How could God have demanded this? How could Abraham......

The Warsi Conundrum

avid Kerr asks if the Coalition will truly uphold religious liberty H eard the one about the Muslim woman from Yorkshire who went to see the Pope in Rome? No, it is not......

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Convert Hosts Feast In Parish

ON the February 10 1962, the feast of St Scholastica, Christopher McOustra was received into the Catholic Church. “The problem was, I needed a witness,” he said. “My......

Friends Welcome The Publication Of New Book

A GROUP of friends, four couples and a priest, who have known each other for many years and have been a part of the marriage celebrations of each other’s children, agreed......

Pupil Earns Prize In Olympiad

MONIKA DEC , a Year 12 pupil at Leweston School in Sherborne, Dorset, has come 22nd overall in first round of the British Maths Olympiad, winning a silver medal. This paper is......

Bishop Presents Benemerenti To Library Supporter

BISHOP John Sherrington has awarded the Benemerenti medal to Tony Martin, a long-serving volunteer of the Catholic National Library in the library’s centenary year. Mr Martin......

Salesians Host Retreat For Busy Pupils

PUPILS from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, recently enjoyed a three-day residential retreat at Savio House in Bollington, Cheshire.......

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Archbishop Kelly Of Liverpool Celebrates His Golden Jubilee

ARCHBISHOP Patrick Kelly celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood on Sunday February 19 with the annual civic Mass and Mass of Thanksgiving in the......

Pupils See Examples Of Courage

YEAR 7 pupils at Cardinal Wiseman School in Coventry, West Midlands, recently took part in a “flexible learning day” to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day 2012. The theme was......

Students Win Award For Project

A GROUP of six Year 9 physics students at Ratcliffe College in Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Leicestershire, have won the Best Overall Project award in the science and engineering......

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Why Britain Is Rebelling Against New Atheism

Cristina Odone Notebook I have a confession to make: I once spent a happy afternoon at Richard Dawkins’s beautiful north Oxford home. The bestselling author of The God......

Don’t Blame Vatican Ii For The Decline Of The Church

It was actually the fault of catechists who failed to hand on the faith, says Daphne McLeod W ill your grandchildren be Catholic? At one time most of us would have answered yes,......

Why I Won’t Be Jetting Off To India

Mary Kenny T he idea behind the British film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a beguiling one: as the population ages, and the care of the elderly becomes increasingly......

Ken’s Folly Is Foisted On The Maltese

Nick Thomas F ive years and a month ago I sent my column for this paper from an internet cafe in the high interior of Malta, after an amusing journey on a splendidly maintained......

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The Public Has Just Received A Wake-up Call On Abortion

A bortion in the United Kingdom is a criminal offence. Yet you could be forgiven for having the impression that it is one commonly committed – on 196,000 occasions in England......

In Search Of A New Home

A hundred years ago a man called William Reed-Lewis left 25 books in the porch of St Mary Magdalene’s in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. He hoped that the books would reach those......

It Was The Way He Told Them

I t wasn’t Frank Carson’s jokes that were hilarious – it was, as he so often pointed out, the way he told them. This week the Church mourned the passing of a Catholic......

Catholic Schools Should Be Rushing To Embrace Academy Status

From Mr Eric Hester SIR – It is good news for parents that by Easter over half the maintained secondary schools in England and Wales will be academy schools. These schools......

Sources Of Scandal

From Fr Paul Browne OSB SIR – Your leading article on the clerical sex abuse crisis (February 10), which you say has “only just begun”, was refreshingly honest – up to a......

A Crucial Error

From Dr Stuart Reiss SIR – Your article on the Holy Shroud (Feature, February 17) makes a crucial error in calling photographs taken through a powerful microscope......

Hell Is Happy Now

SIR – Judging by the nature of the initiatives taken by the bishops to promote the New Evangelisation, such as the “faith card” (Report, February 10), I am getting more......

Incredibly, A High Court Judge Has Ruled That God Does...

From Mr William Charlton SIR – John Duddington (Feature, February 17) says that the judge in the Bideford case “declined to rule on ‘divine guidance’ being available to......

The Bbc Has Failed To Grasp The True Motivation Of The...

From Mr Tom McIntyre SIR – Peter Frankopan (Feature, January 27) justly emphasises that Urban II actually preached the First Crusade to try to heal the 40-year split with......

I Believe That The Church Needs To Revisit The Doctrine...

From Mr Michael Forrest SIR – Fr John Daley (Letter, February 3) puts a generalising interpretation on the story of the Fall in Genesis, writing of two types of original sin.......

Let’s Pour Our Energy Into Creating A Catholic...

From Miss Zossy Baker SIR – That our youngsters from Catholic schools regard admitting going to Mass on Sundays as “social suicide” is not surprising given the small......

Pray For Proportion

From Mr Kevin Jones SIR – I read with interest the recent debate prompted by Martin Clitheroe (Letter, February 10). While it is plain to see why a visiting Extraordinary......

Lord Carey Is Right: Same-sex Marriage Would Be An Act Of...

From Mr Mervyn Maciel SIR – Whatever prompted Lynne Featherstone, the Equalities Minister, to even consider the idea of redefining marriage, I wonder? We Christians must......

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The Man Who Stuck To His Own Rulebook

FINE ARTS REVIEW Lucian Freud Portraits NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY , LONDON , UNTIL MAY 27 S t Ignatius Loyola is reported to have said: “Give me a boy to teach until he is......

The 18th-century Comedy Inspired By Falstaff

THEATRE REVIEW The Recruiting Officer DONMAR WAREHOUSE , LONDON J osie Rourke opens her first season as artistic director of the Donmar with a rare revival of George......

A Divisive Opera Opens In London

The Death of Klinghoffer COLISEUM , LONDON Patience UNION THEATRE , SOUTHWARK M ore than two decades ago, when John Adams resolved to write an opera around the Palestinian......

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Let’s Have Some Common Sense On Religious Liberty

Jonathan Wright welcomes a pithy reflection on the clash between faith and secularism Secularism and Freedom of Conscience BY CHARLES TAYLOR AND JOCELY MACLURE HARVARD, £18.95......

Bearing Reality

Charlie Hegarty on a new book that sees mental illness as more than a pharmaceutical problem What is Madness? BY DARIAN LEADER HAMISH HAMILTON, £20 T he author of this......

Books In Brief

The History of History by Ida HattemerHiggins (Faber, £7.99) Margaret, a young woman, stumbles from a forest outside Berlin one morning. Her hands are dirty and her clothes are......

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By Bishop David Mcgough

Second Sunday of Lent Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 116; 1 Rm 8:31b-34; Mk 9:2-10 ‘G od put Abraham to the test. ‘Take your son, your only child Isaac, whom you love. Go......

Prayers To St John Of God St John Of God,

I honour thee as the patron of the sick, especially of those who are afflicted by heart disease. I choose thee to be my patron and protector in my present illness. To thee I......

Papal Teaching

By Benedict XVI Lent message (2012) B eing concerned for each other also entails being concerned for their spiritual wellbeing. Here I would like to mention an aspect of the......

And With Your Spirit

By Fr John Zuhlsdorf H ere is the Collect of the Second Sunday of Lent, a new composition for the Novus Ordo based on a precedent in the Liber Mozarabicus Sacramentorum : Deus,......

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The Glamour Of The Californian Church

J oin the priesthood and see the world! I have been in California, on tour with the wonderful choirs of London’s Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. Always extending the scope......

By Mgr Anthony Abela

Listen to Him Mark 9:2-10 2 Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain, where they were alone. As they looked on, a change came......

Daily Mass Guide Monday, March 5 What Christ Commands Seems

impossible to us: “Do not judge”, “do not condemn”, “grant pardon”. But if Jesus demands this, then it must be because it is possible for us. Even more: it is our......

St John Of God (march 8)

S t John of God (14951550), recognised as the founder of the Brothers Hospitallers, took a long time to discover his vocation. Born in Portugal, he ran away from home at the......

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Defender Of Our Faith

David Twiston Davies Charterhouse H ow are Catholics going to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June? The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a prayer, which is......

Two Types Of Personality

Fr Ronald Rolheiser The Last Word A friend of mine told me the following story. As a young boy in the 1950s he was struck down with pneumonia. His family lived in a small town......