Category - catholic

  • July 1, 2015
  • July 1, 2015

    The think-tanks Ekklesia and the Centre for Welfare Reform have sent and published an open letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, from Catholics and people brought up in the Catholic faith who support its teaching on social justice and who are deeply critical of the government’s treatment of vulnerable and disabled people.

  • June 8, 2015

    Issues surrounding the “disenchantment” of language in modern times are complex, writes Melanie Barbato from Ludwig Maximilians University. Shifts in how language is supposed to be used can tell a lot about power relations. But like other judgements that are called aesthetic, political, religious or rational, they are mingled with the myths we have come to hold true.

  • February 15, 2013

    2013 is set to be an important year for both the Catholic Church, which elects a new pope, and Croatia, which will become the 28th member of the European Union (EU), writes Alex Sakalis for openDemocracy. These two entities share a long history, with the former wielding significant, yet often ignored, influence on political life in the latter.

  • February 11, 2013

    Life in the European Union is one of continuing political negotiation. No political realist is surprised that national leaders constantly seek to protect and advance the interests of their country, says social theologian Dr Graeme Smith. The European Union is the place of permanent dialogue between different interests, and more substantially different political cultures, interestingly mirroring some different Protestant and Catholic instincts. Meanwhile, ecumenical lessons can help us to see why it's negotiation all the way, in a positive sense.

  • October 23, 2012

    The new PRRI report details how Catholic and unaffiliated Americans are responding to US presidential debates over issues like taxes and social programmes.

  • July 13, 2012

    Church leaders in Brazil have been debating the latest census data that show decline in numbers of Roman Catholics and an increase in evangelicals.

  • April 21, 2012

    Belief in God is slowly declining in most countries around the world, but persists or grows most in developing countries and Catholic societies.

  • January 31, 2012

    The Church of Scotland has joined leading charities, faith groups and trade unions in urging Scottish MPs to uphold the Lords amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill.

  • May 8, 2011

    The Catholic Church is seriously, possibly terminally ill and only an honest diagnosis and radical therapy will cure it, says a leading theologian.