Posts Tagged ‘England’

English judge frees man who killed suicidal father Comments 0

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

An English judge has freed a chemist charged with murdering his 85-year-old father who wished to die. The judge said, “Your acts of assistance were acts of pure compassion and mercy.” Read more Related Posts:Trumped: federal judge refuses to deport Chaldeans…Child welfare – history may judge us harshlyMeet me before you judge me: Muslim says Read more

Dramatic increase in Confessions in England in Holy Year Comments 0

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

The rate of people attending Confession in England and Wales has increased “dramatically” during the Year of Mercy, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said. Speaking during a press conference last week, the cardinal said: “Diocese by diocese, parish by parish”, the rate of people going to Confession had “increased dramatically during the past six months”. Continue Read more

English bishops say no to ordaining married men as priests Comments 0

Friday, December 11th, 2015

The bishops of England and Wales have rejected a proposal to ordain married men to the priesthood. Bishop Seamus Cunningham of Hexham and Newcastle proposed the motion at the bishops’ plenary meeting last month. He did this on behalf of the Council of Priests in his diocese. The proposal was rejected after a “thoughtful discussion”, Read more

England bishops looked at general absolution for Jubilee Comments 0

Friday, December 11th, 2015

The bishops of England and Wales have discussed whether parishes might celebrate the Third Rite of Reconciliation during the Year of Mercy. But at their November meeting, the bishops did not approve the move, despite some lively discussion. Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth wrote that the bishops acknowledged that valid conditions required for general absolution Read more

No secular poems in English Catholic marriage liturgies Comments 0

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Bishops in England and Wales are discouraging the reading of secular poems or non-biblical texts during marriage liturgies. A new translation of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony will be used in England and Wales from Easter Sunday, 2016. A new translation of the Order of Confirmation will also be introduced on that date. In their the summary of Read more

Momentum growing for married priests in England and Wales Comments 0

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

The unique experience of the Catholic Church in England and Wales could give weight to any case it might put for more married priests, a bishop says. Emeritus Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood told The Tablet he thought it could be argued the Church in England and Wales was in a unique position to prompt Read more

All Catholic cathedrals in England to have a holy door Comments 0

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Every cathedral should have a holy door as part of the year of mercy, the bishops of England and Wales have said. The bishops have welcomed Pope Francis’s initiatives for the Jubilee Year of Mercy which starts on December 8. Among these is installing a holy door at each cathedral and shrine. Holy doors, or Read more

Consumerism in religious orders key to decline in England Comments 2

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

A drift into consumerism and a preoccupation with money and finance are key reasons for the stagnation of religious orders in England, says an historian. Dom Aidan Bellenger, former Abbot of Downside Abbey and a leading historian of the monastic life, made this assertion in an article in The Tablet. He suggested that communities had Read more

Halloween’s Catholic roots Comments 0

Friday, November 1st, 2013

We’ve all heard the allegations: Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped church suppression. Even today modern pagans and witches continue to celebrate this ancient festival. If you let your kids go trick-or-treating, they will be worshiping the devil and pagan gods. Nothing could be Read more

Off shore confession growth yet to gain real momentum in NZ Comments 0

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The “confession boom” reported to be hitting Roman Catholic parishes in England and Wales does not yet fully seem to have reached New Zealand. With the exception of the Auckland Cathedral, where the priests report an increase in young people attending the sacrament, a ring-around survey, yesterday, of several New Zealand parishes showed most  recorded no Read more