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I am 25 years a priest this December. I have never heard a paedophile’s confession

From Richard Leonard S J in THE TABLET, 12 September 2018: In the present climate in Australia, Catholic bishops cannot win a trick. In their long-awaited 60-page response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, they accepted 98 per cent of the commission’s recommendations. But this was drowned…

Jean Vanier’s ’10 rules for life to become more human’

By Edward Kendall in THE TABLET, 14 September 2018: Jean Vanier, the Canadian philosopher and theologian and the founder of L'Arche communities, turned ninety this week. To commemorate the occasion he released a YouTube video laying out his “ten rules for life to become more human” by sharing his thoughts on life and on growing older. He…

Catholic editor criticises Church beatification of rape victim

By Edward Kendall in THE TABLET, 18 September 2018  A senior editor of Catholic magazine Commonweal has criticised the tendency of the Church to make saints out of rape victims. Mollie Wilson O’Reilly, an editor at large and columnist at the USA-based Commonweal, was writing about the recent beatification of Anna Kolesárová, a sixteen-year old…

New measure of poverty is not perfect but it is the least imperfect one we have

By Paul Johnson in THE TIMES, 17 September 2018: How many people in the UK live in poverty? Well, it all depends what you mean by poverty. That’s a question which has been debated down the ages. To be poor, it has been accepted at least since the time of Adam Smith, does not simply…