Murdered Catholic MP Sir David Amess honoured with seafront statue
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by Simon Caldwell
2h ago
A statue of murdered Catholic politician Sir David Amess has been unveiled his former constituency town of Southend. Sir David, the Conservative MP for Southend West, Essex, was stabbed to death while holding a surgery for constituents in Leigh-on-Sea in October 2021. Ali Harbi Ali, a British Muslim of Somali origin, was in 2022 convicted of murdering the 69-year-old father of five and was given a whole life sentence by an Old Bailey judge. The popular backbench politicians has now been honoured with a life-size statue on a grass bank by Chalkwell Esplanade where he appears to be looking out o ..read more
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Ditch the woke idiocrasies and let Europe be Christian, urges Hungarian minister
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by Elise Ann Allen/ Crux
5h ago
ROME – Hungary’s State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and a leading member of the country’s Christian Democratic People’s Party has lauded Pope Francis’s condemnation of so-called “ideological colonisation” and his call for Europe to return to its founding values. Speaking to Crux April 8 as part of a whirlwind trip to Rome, Secretary Tristan Azbej (pictured right) referred to the common practice of Western governments including condoms in aid packages for developing nations or making humanitarian support for needy countries contingent on making legal provisions for a ..read more
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Unprecedented commute of all death sentences to life imprisonment in California’s Santa Clara County 
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by John Lavenburg/Crux
1d ago
An unprecedented decision by California’s Santa Clara County district attorney to reset the death penalty sentences in the county to life in prison sentences has been touted by the local bishop as “an important step toward respecting the sanctity of all human life”. “As Bishop of San José, I also support and congratulate Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen for his prophetic and exemplary decision to reset the death penalty sentences in our county to life in prison,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú of San José, California. “This decision is an important step toward respecting the sanctity o ..read more
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Bishop elect of Dunkeld in Scotland dies shortly before ordination service; last week he went to Lourdes to pray for his new diocese
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by The Catholic Herald
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The bishop-elect of Dunkeld in Scotland has died two weeks before his ordination service that was due to occur on 27 April. Only last week, Fr Martin had traveled to Lourdes on pilgrimage to pray for his new diocese. In a statement released 10 April, the diocesan administrator for Dunkeld, Canon Kevin Golden, announced the sad news: “It is with deep regret and sorrow that I have to inform you that our Bishop Elect, Martin Chambers, died in his sleep last evening.” Fr Martin was believed to be in good health and his death is a further blow to both his home diocese of Galloway and t ..read more
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France’s clash between church bell ringing and stroppy ‘rural newcomers’ 
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by James Jeffrey
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The French government aims to pass a law that could help protect the ringing of church bells across the country’s rural regions that are the bastion of French Catholicism.  The move follows tensions in rural areas following a rise in noise complaints attributed to residents who have moved to the countryside from big cities “bemoaning the way livestock, church bells and other rural sounds impinge on their newly claimed right to pastoral quiet”, reports the Guardian. A new law aims to stop these néoruraux (rural newcomers) from taking farmers to court over farming activities that ..read more
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US cardinal says ‘Dignitas Infinita’ clarifies that LGBTQ Catholics are loved but the Church’s moral teachings still apply 
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by Elise Ann Allen/ Crux
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ROME – Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, DC, has praised the new Vatican document on human dignity as a “welcome summation” of Church teaching, espeically on issues such as gender theory and transgenderism. Speaking to Crux, Gregory said the document, published 8 April and titled Dignitas Infinita, does a good job at summarising the Church’s moral and doctrinal teaching, and that when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community, Pope Francis has “made it clear that he has great love and affection and respect for people who have a different sexual orientation”.  For those who say the P ..read more
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Policing belief: the impossibility and terrible dangers of the State trying to control our thoughts and values
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by Alex Klaushofer
1d ago
Scotland’s new Hate Crime and Public Order Act is part of a trend in the Western world for the State to police our thoughts and values. Designed to eradicate prejudice against groups who have historically suffered discrimination, and motivated by the new focus on gender identity, Scotland’s new law, and those like it, are ostensibly secular. But inevitably the attempt to limit the expression of beliefs and values, especially those to do with gender and sex, affects the freedom of religious expression. Scotland’s new law, which came into force on 1 April 2024, creates a new set of crimes that t ..read more
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British archbishop visiting Vietnam as Vatican continues to rebuild diplomatic ties
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by Simon Caldwell
2d ago
Liverpool-born Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States and International Organisations, is currently visiting Vietnam and staying as a guest of the government until Sunday in a bid to continue improving diplomatic ties between the Vatican and the Southeast Asian country.  Archbishop Gallagher has said little publicly about the purposes of his visit except that he hopes that the Vietnamese Catholic community will benefit from improved bilateral relations, alongside other significant diplomatic achievements. The quiet re-establishment of the Chu ..read more
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British Catholic bishops highlight ‘grave violations’ of human dignity scarring modern world
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by The Catholic Herald
2d ago
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has welcomed the Vatican’s declaration on Human Dignity for highlighting an issue that lies at the heart of the mission of the Church and for highlighting the “grave violations” of human dignity that scar the modern world.  The main novelty of the document – which is the fruit of five years’ work – is the inclusion of a number of key themes from the recent papal magisterium that accompany the bioethical ones, say the bishops’ conference. In the “non-exhaustive” list that is offered, abortion, euthanasia and surrogate motherhood ar ..read more
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‘Dignitas Infinita’ is a commendable rebuttal to secular human rights manipulation – but that won’t stop the declaration being used by its antagonists to create more waffle
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by Dualta Roughneen
2d ago
Dignitas Infinita. The Latin for “Infinite Dignity”. The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith’s new Declaration on Human Dignity arrives at a time in history where the idea of human rights is starting to eat itself. One of the core messages of the Declaration is that the Church sees that human rights are being co-opted by forces antagonistic to a full understanding of human dignity and in particular to what it describes as “ontological dignity”. The Dicastery highlights how a truncated understanding of human dignity – often reframed as personal dignity – is being used to ..read more
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