Revealed: the Pope’s war with the Vatican

Aug 25, 2014 by

By Damian Thompson, Spectator: Francis is firmly set on dealing with the Curia bureaucrats who did for Benedict XVI. If you want to understand how Pope Francis is planning to change the Catholic church, then don’t waste time searching for clues in the charming, self-effacing press conference he gave on the plane back from South Korea on Monday. It’s easy to be misled by the Pope’s shoulder-shrugging interviews and impromptu phone calls. On his return flight from Rio last year, he said, ‘If a...

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New Stonewall CEO in logic fail: claims to be “practising Catholic”

Jul 30, 2014 by

By John Smeaton, SPUC: I had to smile when I read that Ruth Hunt, the new chief executive of Stonewall, the homosexual lobby-group,claims to be a “practising Catholic”. Perhaps she is also a meat-eating vegetarian? A liberal conservative? A champagne socialist? Or all of the above? Of course, I will immediately stop smiling if she begins to be taken seriously as a “practising Catholic” by Catholic officials. Needless to say, the policies of Stonewall are radically...

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Anglican leader hopes vote for women bishops won’t prevent ‘full communion’ with Catholic Church...

Jul 28, 2014 by

From The Catholic Herald: In a letter sent to Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said he hopes the vote to allow the ordination of women bishops would not prove a stumbling block to future “full communion” between the Anglican and Catholic churches. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Most Rev Justin Welby admitted in the letter that the vote at the General Synod earlier this month to allow women bishops was a “further difficulty” as far unity is concerned. In the letter to...

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The Catholic Church will not be changing its views on sex. It cannot and it should not

Jun 27, 2014 by

By Tim Stanley, Telegraph: The media presents us today with a typical non-story that tells us two completely unsurprising things about the Roman Catholic Church. A) The results of its family survey reveal that millions of Catholics ignore doctrinal teachings on sex and contraception and B) the Church wishes to show greater tolerance to those in broken or non-heterosexual families. The first proposition is so unremarkable as to be not worth remarking upon. Except to say that one of the chief...

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Catholics getting back in the habit

May 10, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph The number of people taking vows as Roman Catholic monks and nuns has tripled in 10 years, boosted by a drive by the church to give young people a taste of life in the habit. It might not exactly count as a mass movement quite yet, but the Catholic Church in England and Wales is celebrating after welcoming 62 new members to its religious orders in 2013. Although the figure is well short of the numbers embracing the cloistered life as recently as the 1980s, it marks a...

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RC Bishop Silences Conservative Deacon's Blog

May 4, 2014 by

By Nick Hallett, Breitbart A popular Catholic blog, Protect the Pope, will close tomorrow after the Bishop of Lancaster refused to let its author continue writing. The blog, written by Deacon Nick Donnelly, was set up prior to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK in September 2010 to fight back against the constant attacks on the pontiff by the mainstream media. After Pope Benedict's visit, the blog became a staunch defender of orthodox Catholic teaching, criticising dissenting...

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