Monthly Archives: June 2016

The threat to northern Ireland from a Brexit cannot be ignored

[Greg Daly in Dublin] Last week Catholic Voices hosted a debate in London in which two speakers gave impressive speeches on why the UK should remain in the European Union and two argued in similarly impressive fashion to the effect that the UK … Continue reading

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Catholic Voices Brexit debate tips audience towards ‘Leave’

A debate by leading Catholics on whether Britain should vote to stay in or abandon its membership of the European Union led a 160-strong audience in central London last week to switch a predominantly ‘Remain’ position to a majority urging ‘Leave’. Votes taken as … Continue reading

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WATCH the Catholic Voices EU debate here

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The question UK Catholics must ask in deciding to Leave or Remain in the EU

[Austen Ivereigh] Remember the ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ sketch in Monty Python’s Life of Brian? At a (preposterously small) meeting of the Judaean People’s Front to plan a terrorist attack on Pontius Pilate, their leader Reg (John … Continue reading

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New Vatican departments offer clues to the coming reform

[From Daniele Palmer in Rome] Two new Vatican bodies announced last weekend suggest Pope Francis may seek to abolish the distinction between curial departments that legislate and those that advise. In its current constitution, a Holy See department — or “dicastery” — is either a … Continue reading

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Why Bolivia’s new law fails transgender people

[From Andrés Eichmann Oehrli in La Paz] A recent law allowing people to change their gender and ensuring that transgender people receive the same treatment as everyone else when they present their IDs has been criticized by Bolivia’s bishops, who say it … Continue reading

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It’s time to consign clericalism to the past, where it belongs

[Jack Valero] A new front Pope Francis has opened in his bid to reform the Catholic Church may prove one of his toughest challenges yet. But it is also, unquestionably, one of the most important. “I remember now the famous expression, … Continue reading

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Pope’s new Motu Proprio makes negligence reason for sacking a bishop in abuse cases

(Vatican Radio) In a new Apostolic Letter, issued motu proprio, Pope Francis has established new norms providing for the removal of Bishops (or those equivalent to them in Canon Law) from their offices in cases where they have “through negligence, committed … Continue reading

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His critics are wrong: Francis is one of the great pro-life popes

[Christopher White] Perhaps the doubts about Pope Francis’s pro-life credentials began in September 2013, when he gave the now infamous interview with the Rome-based Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica less than six months after being elected Pope. In a wide-ranging … Continue reading

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