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Catherine Wiley, the Irish entrepreneur who is inspiring the faithful to pass Catholicism on to their grandchildren, talks to The Catholic Herald about her vision to save the religion.
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32
The seal of the confessional is a red herring when it comes to protecting vulnerable children. Usually when hearing a confession, a priest will have no way of identifying a victim. He will have no idea of the date of any offence; it may have occurred decades ago. He will have no idea of where any offence was committed. And even if confessional reporting were mandatory, chances are that the perpetrator would simply not come to confession. So even in brute consequentialist terms, there is no point in making confession reportable to the state, writes Frank Brennan SJ.
A video debate including right-to-die advocate Dr Philip Nitschke and leading Australian ethicist Dr Bernadette Tobin is attracting a large and increasing number of online hits.
With the London Olympics a week away, the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, talks about the initiatives that have been put in place by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales ahead of the Olympic Games, reports Vatican Insider.
Bishop Pat Power says thanks to the faithful, a NSW man who robbed a church is arrested and in South Australia a church is vandalised, Vinnies reports that women are being hit hard by the two-speed economy, and Bishop Saunders (pictured) says the NT policy makes a mockery of the apology.
The Pope is i nvited to Poland in 2015, the Vatican says its investigation into leaked documents will conclude soon, and Israeli politician tears up a copy of the New Testament and Chinese Catholics in Hong Kong rally in support of Bishop Ma (pictured).
Marjorie Chibnall, who has died aged 96, was a medieval historian remarkable almost as much for her longevity in her field as for her scholarship. Her books ranged in subjects from the English alien priories and a translation of John of Salisbury’s Memoirs of the Papal Court in 1956, to, as editor, The Waltham Chronicle: An Account of the Discovery of Our Holy Cross at Montacute and its Conveyance to Waltham and Piety, Power and History in Medieval England and Normandy published in 2000. It was her massive work on Orderic Vitalis’s Ecclesiastical History, however, that really established her as pre-eminent in her field.
The Victorian period, viewed in the West as a time of self-confident progress, was a catastrophe for Asia. Foreigners tore apart the great empires which had once formed the heart of civilisation. As the British gunned down the last heirs to the Mughal Empire, burned down the Summer Palace in Beijing, or humiliated the bankrupt rulers of the Ottoman Empire, it was clear that for Asia to recover a vast intellectual effort would be required. Pankaj Mishra’s new book tells the story of a remarkable group of men from across the continent who met the challenge of the West...
If you ever want to be affirmed in the faith, ignited beyond belief and filled with an unwavering sense of hope and direction, spend two weeks on pilgrimage in the beating heart of the universal Church, the Vatican, writes Jessica Langrell in The Catholic Weekly.
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Gospel Verse for 20 May 2013