Monthly Archives: July 2013

While social media spread the benefits of pilgrimage, you can’t confess on Twitter

Recent stories concerning the spiritual benefits of following World Youth Day on Twitter bring together what seem to be bizarrely incompatible themes in ways that are journalistically irresistible. The apparently unlikely marriage of the latest technology and indulgences — inevitably framed as … Continue reading

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The attempt to legalise abortion in Ireland is neither popular nor democratic

After two marathon debate sessions in the lower house of the Irish parliament, culminating in a 127-31 vote on Friday in favour of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, it seems inevitable that abortion is to be introduced in … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: celibacy is about ‘big love’ & should lead to joy

Pope Francis last Saturday unexpectedly addressed 6,000 pilgrims visiting Rome who were exploring or have recently embraced a vocation. Among them was Laura Keynes, who will be training as a CV speaker in the Autumn (see her article here). She writes:  … Continue reading

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US bishops join hands with church leaders in religious freedom protest

Religious leaders of major denominations in the US have banded together to protest the implementation of the US Government’s healthcare provisions, which force employers to provide contraception and sterilisation coverage for their employees. Although the Catholic Church is strongly in … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage leave political issue unsettled

Two landmark judgments by the US Supreme Court on 26 June have removed major potential obstacles to the increasing adoption by US states of gay marriage laws. One cleared the way for federal recognition of legally married same-sex couples; the … Continue reading

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