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As Vatican deal with China set for renewal, are too many blind eyes being turned?

In a major blow to Chinese Catholics, the Pope has indicated the Vatican’s secretive deal with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will be renewed once again. Coming just a day after reports that the Vatican’s unofficial representative in Hong Kong warned Catholics the freedoms of the past were over, Pope Francis said he hopes the

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Could the Pope stop World War 3?

Could the Pope stop World War 3? No, this isn’t about Ukraine. Aside from the fact that ship largely appears to have sailed, the chances of the war in eastern Europe developing into a full-blown international conflict (currently) appear remote. The West has refused to impose a no-fly-zone, instead limiting itself to arming Ukraine, which

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Should the Vatican scrap China deal?

Later this year, a deal inked in 2018 between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Vatican will expire. The initial two-year agreement – whose terms remain secret – was already renewed once in 2020. Now after two years of COVID-19, revelations about genocide of the Muslim Uyghurs in western China, the collapse of Hong

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Don’t expect the EU Iron Curtain to crack if Czechs change gay marriage law

A cultural Iron Curtain now very much divides the two halves of the EU. To the west, are the more progressive, ethnically diverse and secular states of western Europe. To the east, are the more traditionalist, more homogenous and largely re-Christianising former communist states. Slightly shocking perhaps to some then that the conservative and historically

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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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