Britain discovers Catholic social teaching

Europe’s hard times are leading more people to take a closer look at Catholic social thought. From the BBC: A new zeitgeist is capturing business people, academics and political players from both the Left and Right, looking for an ethical alternative for our time. Their inspiration? Catholic teaching. In many ways these are difficult times [Read More...]

Cardinal calls on Christians to wear crosses

Details: Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as “a symbol of their beliefs” and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society. The plea by Cardinal Keith O’Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the [Read More...]

Vocations surging in Great Britain

Some happy news from across the pond: A few years ago he was a roadie with a band, living what he admits was a rock’n’roll lifestyle. Today, 42-year-old Rob Hunt is training for the Catholic priesthood in a seminary in central London. It’s a very different way of life from what he’s been used to. [Read More...]

Something fishy: meatless Fridays return to England and Wales today

And a priest has a few observations, along with some recipes: The Filet-o-Fish sandwich was added to McDonalds’ menus in 1962 after Louis Groen, owner of the chain’s Cincinnati franchises, noticed that his restaurants experienced a sharp drop in sales every Friday. Even today, 25 per cent of the 300 million Filets-o-Fish sold annually in [Read More...]

Just for the halibut: no meat on Fridays

It’s happening in England, beginning on September 16th, the anniversary of the pope’s trip to the UK. From ZENIT: The bishops of England and Wales are re-establishing the practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays as a penance to identify with Christ on the cross. In the resolutions published from their spring plenary assembly, which [Read More...]

Congregations growing in the UK

It seems that reports of Christianity’s demise in Great Britain may be exaggerated. From The Telegraph: New congregations are being formed to take over old redundant church buildings or to provide more youth-friendly services, helping church membership numbers to rise. Church leaders said the study – the first of its kind for three years – [Read More...]


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