Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ordinations in England and Wales: an apology

We recently published a post claiming that new figures published by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales’ National Office for Vocation (NOV) showed ordinations to the diocesan priesthood currently exceeding those of the 1950s. We added: “If ordinations to … Continue reading

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What the Savita inquest finally shows

Ireland’s  inquest into the death last October of the 31-year-old Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar in Galway University Hospital has shown that she died not as a result of being denied an abortion but of an undiagnosed three-day-old sepsis. The inquest, … Continue reading

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Midwives’ appeal court decision ‘a victory for freedom and common sense’

Two Scottish Catholic midwives have won the right not to have to take any part in an abortion, even indirectly. Mary Doogan, 58, and Concepta Wood, 52, had sought reassurance from the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde that they would not … Continue reading

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Archbishop Leonard: drenched in a shower of anti-democratic hate

Four militants belonging to FEMEN — a Ukraine-based “feminist” group which organizes topless protests at people and things they dislike — yesterday evening attacked the Archbishop of Malines-Brussels, Andre-Joseph Leonard, as he took part in a university debate on (of … Continue reading

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French cardinal warns of ‘violence’ as French Parliament speeds passage of gay marriage law

The French Government’s decision to speed up the legislation of same-sex marriage to avoid further public disturbances has been sharply criticised by the Archbishop of Paris, who is warning that the measure could lead to violence (See Reuters report here).  The … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ new ‘cabinet’ heralds greater world say in church governance

In his first major move towards structural reform of the Vatican, Pope Francis has announced the formation of a group of cardinals drawn from across the world to advise him on church governance. The Vatican said Saturday the Pope is … Continue reading

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