16th September 2014
Independent thinking: Sr Teresa Forcades
One of the most influential voices in the Catalan independence debate is, surprisingly, that of a Benedictine nun. Sr Teresa Forcades spoke to Thinking Faith’s Editor about capitalism, community and the Catalan question.
15th August 2014
The Church of England and Women Bishops: Questions of authority
The legislation passed last month to allow the consecration of women bishops in the Church of England, and the lengthy discussions which preceded this, brought to the fore many questions about decision-making in the established Church. Thinking Faith asked Rev Dr Emma Percy to give an account of the structures of authority within the Church of England and explain how she sees the workings of the Spirit therein.
30th June 2014
Handle with care: Scottish independence and the Catholic vote
In September, the people of Scotland will be asked, ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ Jim Gallagher argues that applying the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity to the referendum question could be a prudential approach for Scottish Catholics to take. Do these central tenets of Catholic Social Teaching guide voters towards a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer?
27th June 2014
Assisting the suicidal and caring for the dying
In their ruling in a right-to-die case this week, UK Supreme Court judges have urged Parliament to address the issue of assisted dying. David Albert Jones reviews the bills currently being considered in Westminster and Holyrood which aim to legalise physician-assisted suicide. He explores questions of law and language that surround the issue, and asks how the Church can contribute to this sensitive debate.
16th June 2014
From hostility to hospitality: Refugee Week 2014
Louise Zanre describes how JRS projects are attempting to give a voice to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in public discourse about immigration.
12th June 2014
Rich and poor: Faith and life in Brazil
All eyes are now on Brazil as it hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which begins today. Sister Jane Livesey, General Superior of the Congregation of Jesus, visited the country earlier this year. She tells Thinking Faith about her journey and about the vital work being done by the CJ sisters in the most remote areas of Brazil.
6th June 2014
Horizons beyond walls: Pope Francis in the Holy Land
During his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis issued a remarkable invitation to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to join him in an encounter of prayer in the Vatican. Ahead of this historic meeting, which takes place on Sunday 8 June, David Neuhaus SJ reflects on the ecumenical, interreligious, political and pastoral dimensions of the pope’s presence in the Holy Land.
3rd June 2014
The post-election crisis and the ground of our hope
As the dust begins to settle after the ‘earthquake’ of last month’s European election, Frank Turner SJ gives his views on the arguments that dominated the election campaign and the challenges that now lie ahead. A Christian vision sees that, ‘the foundational task of politics is to seek and sustain human dignity and the common good’ – how can this task be achieved by the next European Parliament?
2nd May 2014
What Martyrdom Means
On 7 April 2014, Fr Frans van der Lugt, a Dutch Jesuit who had been living and working in Syria for nearly 50 years, was shot and killed in the city of Homs. Writing for America magazine, Patrick Gilger SJ reflects on the life and death of a man who won the hearts of Syrians, using the words of one of Fr Frans’s brother Jesuits in Syria.
30th April 2014
St Joseph the Worker and Bob Crow
1 May is the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, a day on which the Church encourages us to celebrate the value of work, and the dignity and rights of workers. John Battle asks to what extent the understanding of trade unions in Catholic Social Teaching matches that of the late union leader, Bob Crow.
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