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Catholic Church criticises ‘unjust and divisive’ EU settlement scheme

by Ruth Gledhill in The Tablet, 13 December 2018 The Catholic Church in England and Wales has criticised the Government's settlement scheme for EU citizens living in Britain as one that may feel "unjust and divisive". In a statement, Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead bishop for migration and asylum, says some people, especially the most vulnerable, may have…

As the world appears to turn upside down (again), Advent is here

By Thomas Reese in The National Catholic Reporter (USA), 12 December 2018 Hope is a difficult virtue to maintain these days, when the future seems uncertain and religious and political leaders have lost all credibility. Religion has either become irrelevant or a cause of conflict, rather than a source of idealism and reconciliation. In the…

Gays must leave priesthood if they cannot be celibate, says Pope

By Christopher Lamb in THE TABLET, 4 December 2018 Pope Francis says he is worried about gays in the priesthood and religious life, ruling that if they cannot be celibate, they should pursue a different vocation. In remarks made during a book-length interview, Francis showed that his instincts remain that of an old-school fashioned Jesuit…