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Why the overturning of Roe v Wade could reopen the abortion debate in Ireland

The first paragraph of the leaked draft of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade states:  Abortion presents a profound moral issue on which Americans hold sharply-conflicting views.   Replace America with Ireland, and the same has been the case for over 40 years, until recently. As of the past few years, the issue of abortion

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There is no human right to abortion

In 1973 in the Roe v Wade case, the Supreme Court legalised abortion throughout the United States.  Now, almost fifty years later the same court is considering overturning that judgement and returning abortion law to the states to decide.   Media reporting of this case, especially in Europe, has been quite misleading. Often journalists have simply repeated

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Archbishop’s decision to bar Pelosi from Holy Communion is long overdue

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has finally announced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should not be admitted to Holy Communion in his archdiocese, nor should she present herself to receive the Eucharist, until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion.  In a letter to the faithful he said, “after numerous attempts to speak with

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Light a candle for St Benet’s Hall

Once gone, St Benet’s Hall will be impossible to replace, writes alumnus Damian Collins MP Like all current and former students of St Benet’s Hall I was distressed to read the statement from the Master this week that the Hall may no longer hold a licence from the University of Oxford beyond the current academic

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End of the road for St Benet’s Hall?

St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, looks set to close, writes Serenhedd James The optimism with which I wrote about the future of St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, in the February edition of the Catholic Herald was clearly misplaced. The Master, Professor Richard Cooper, has now written to students to say that the University Council decided on 9th May that

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Critics of Mother Teresa don’t have a clue about poverty

Attacking the reputation of a Catholic saint, no longer alive to defend herself (although it’s unlikely she would bother in any case), is a popular sport. Christopher Hitchens set the tone in 1995 with his book The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and since then it has been open house on one of the Catholic

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Roe v Wade leak was an act of shameless intimidation

Well, we knew it would get ugly but the left in America have gone full mafia tactics with the unprecedented leak of the draft opinion from the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade. Never in the history of the court has a draft opinion been leaked. This smashes the constitutional norms of the court and the

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Catholic children should be reading CS Lewis and GK Chesterton, not the blasphemous dross of Simon James Green

Let’s keep this simple. If you think inviting an author of sexually explicit material that also has a sprinkling of blasphemy to a Catholic school is a good idea, then do not become a governor at that school and do not teach there. If you are a parent who has a child there I suggest

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‘Are Those Table Runners?’ Asked the Woman Who’d Lost Everything Just Before Christmas

She had her left leg on one of those little scooters people use when they’ve broken an ankle. She’d asked the clerk at St. Vincent de Paul to take a drip coffee maker out of the box. It was new, still in the wrapping, and cost about $2.00, maybe $3.00. Everything’s sold as is and

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