Monthly Archives: June 2013

What Francis’ ‘Vatican bank’ commission tells us about his plans for curial reform

[Update 28 June: A senior official working in Vatican finance and two others have been arrested by Italian police following suspicions of money-laundering (details here). Mgr Nuncio Scarano, a senior accountant in the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, … Continue reading

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EU’s religious freedom guidelines need improving in key areas

Among the bodies welcoming the publication of the EU’s new religious freedom guidelines are COMECE, the Catholic Church’ Brussels lobby (its statement is here), and the campaign group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW; its statement is here). Both recognise that the 18-page Guidelines (download … Continue reading

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The Scouts, not the Guides, have the proper pluralist position

Secularisation can mean many things. But most basically it means the abandonment of the idea that a particular faith and morality are coterminous, or that institutions and culture can only tolerate one understanding of God. As institutions make space for … Continue reading

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Lessons from the vigils: why the witness must go on

In the long and what often seems to be a fruitless struggle to awaken contemporary society to the humanity of the unborn, news that the UK’s largest abortion provider will cease offering  terminations at its central London clinic is a … Continue reading

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Time to drop the stunts and work to rid society of abuse

The 31 May decision by the International Criminal Court to reject a case accusing the Holy See of human rights abuses, made public by the complainants on 13 June, was as predictable as it is welcome. Two American organisations, the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis & Archbishop Welby carve out common ground for future joint witness

Being a joint voice for the poor, standing firm in defence of life and marriage, and helping to bring peace to the world through greater unity — these are the areas which Pope Francis identified today as areas of possible … Continue reading

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