Expansion of the Detention Estate by the UK Government – Medomsley

From Vin Totton ~ The Diocesan Justice and Peace Council has been responding with great concern to the proposal to re-use Medomsley Detention Centre for people seeking asylum. I, a member of Holy Name, visited the infamous Yarls Wood Detention Centre in Bedford and found it soulless and depressing.  Detention is regarded by those operating…

George Harrison’s coronavirus comeback – what’s on your pandemic playlist?

By William Bole in The National Catholic Reporter (USA), 6 March 2021 If you happened to be inside a hospital early in the pandemic, you might have heard these words floating through the corridors — "The smiles returning to the faces. Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here." They're lyrics from "Here…

Is it realistic to expect Joe Biden to ‘convert’ everyone to the Catholic view on abortion?

by Clifford Longley in THE TABLET, 24 February In reply to Helen Watt's blog re Biden and abortion It has puzzled me a long time why Catholics are so much more engaged with the abortion issue than members of other Christian churches. All Churches start their response to abortion from the same base line – the…

Opposition to Francis rooted in opposition to Vatican II

By Michael Sean Winters in The National Catholic Reporter (USA), 8 February 2021 At the end of January, Pope Francis delivered an important address to participants in a meeting of the National Catechetical Office of the Italian Bishops conference. It warrants attention from all the local churches because it shows, I think, why the opposition to Francis…