Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cardinal Nichols: Rome press conference highlights

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] In his first press conference since being created cardinal last Saturday, the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, spoke with journalists yesterday at the English College in Rome. The themes included last week’s discussion on marriage … Continue reading

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In biggest reform yet, Francis names Cardinal Pell to new ‘Economy Secretariat’

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Pope Francis has announced the biggest shake-up in Vatican administration for years by creating a new Secretariat for the Economy which will have oversight of all economic and administrative activities within the Holy See and the … Continue reading

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Neither rigor nor laxity: Francis gathers cardinals for creative thinking about marriage and family

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Prior to creating new cardinals on Saturday, the Pope has assembled the existing College — including both the newcomers and the non-voting over-80 cardinals — “to deepen the theology of the family and discern the … Continue reading

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Anglican bishops back Nichols over poverty impact of welfare reforms

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The Archbishop of Westminster’s criticism of the “disgraceful” effects on the poorest of the Government’s welfare reforms has been echoed by a large group of Anglican bishops and other clergy, who say half a million … Continue reading

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PM’s ‘moral’ response to Archbishop’s welfare critique falls wide of the mark

The fact that the prime minister, David Cameron, has felt the need to respond to Cardinal-designate Nichols’s criticisms shows they have stung. But he has made the mistake of responding politically to what was never a political attack. When the … Continue reading

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The UN and the Vatican: understanding what went wrong

Wednesday’s UN Report — which we criticized in a robust response and in various TV and radio interviews (a sample of which can be seen and heard at the bottom of the CV site here) — has been widely deplored, … Continue reading

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How the Holy See was ambushed by a UN kangaroo court

The UN watchdog on children’s rights which recently hauled the Vatican over the coals for its handling of sex abuse has today released its recommendations. The report is not only ignorant and misguided, peddling myths for which there is no … Continue reading

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