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Will the exceptions to the rule lead to eliminating the rule altogether?

April 21st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

IT is difficult to deny that there is now some degree of division among the bishops across the universal Church on chapter eight of Amoris Laetitia (AL)—that is, on the question of access to the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the divorced living in a new civil union or in some other exclusive sexual relationship. Some argue that it’s not a division about doctrine since the Pope and the Buenos Aires bishops (see part one) still teach that marriage is indissoluble and that adultery is morally wrong. It’s only a difference of views, they say, on how to ... continue reading.

Last Rites at my husband’s bedside

April 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

DOROTHY CUMMINGS MCLEAN reflects on the most harrowing Lent she has ever experienced... continue reading.


Pope Francis’ ‘The Joy of Love’ has sparked a battle over its interpretation

April 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

— In the first part of a series on Amoris Laetitia and questions around the admission of the divorced and remarried to the Sacraments, leading canon lawyer Mgr Peter Magee outlines three approaches taken to the apostolic exhortation and looks for answers in the Holy Father’s letter to Argentinian bishops ... continue reading.


It’s time to register your status

April 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Immigration lawyer Jamie Kerr urges European Catholics living in Scotland to make sure their legal status here is secure.... continue reading.


Beware of our ‘cry baby culture’

April 7th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

JAMIE MCGOWAN fears that our universities are clamping down on freedom of expression and debate... continue reading.


I’ve got a confession to make…

April 7th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It would be a good idea for priests to listen to our sins online via Skype, HUGH DOUGHERTY says... continue reading.


The lax labours of Lenten penance

March 31st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

GERALD WARNER says we have become too self-indulgent and casual with our pre-Easter duties. ... continue reading.

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Lent is a time of penance… but penance with a purpose

March 24th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

But why does Ash Wednesday and giving something up for Lent generate anti-Catholic rhetoric, asks JOE MCGRATH ... continue reading.

The Media ignores Christian suffering

March 10th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

BISHOP JOHN KEENAN highlights the secular media’s bias against covering the persecution of Christians and looks for explanations... continue reading.

Not enough hours in the day? Or just too much to fit in?

March 3rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

EMILY MURTAGH takes time to reflect ... continue reading.

The great rewards of teaching RE

February 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Josephine Hughes, RE advisor for SCES, on a unique challenge to the world of league tables and statistics... continue reading.

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