UK

The Cross, the Crescent, or the Swastika?

If the past month has been chaotic in America, it has seen some bloody scenes here in Europe. On the morning of October 29, a 21-year old Tunisian national entered the Basilica of Notre Dame in Nice, France began knifing the three people he found there. He virtually severed the head of an elderly lady, [...]

Shutting Down the Debate: Abortion and Mental Health

That there are psychological consequences to having an abortion have been accepted by many in the pro-life and pro-abortion camps. The psychiatrist Professor Ian Brockington has commented: "Some [post abortion] mothers feel like criminals and brood over the dead foetus. Some find it hard to look at small babies and burst into tears when they [...]

Hypocrisy of Choice

My “Beyond Satire” meter is, once again, registering in the red zone. I’m not sure why this story made the news; maybe because we’re talking Britain and not India or China. Women are being granted illegal abortions by doctors based on the sex of their unborn baby, an undercover investigation by The Daily Telegraph reveals. [...]

The Family’s Not-So-Secret Strength

Coming in the wake of last month’s looting and burning riots in British cities, a UN report pinpointing materialism as a particularly British blight was bound to make the country sit up and take notice. The youths who rampaged through the streets of London and Birmingham seemed to both covet material goods and despise them [...]

Reason Is the Enemy of the Euthanasia Movement

  Facebook can be useful. Browsing through its weekly birthday update, I learned that Nick Tonti-Filippini, a bioethicist who serves on various Australian government committees and teaches at a Catholic institute in Melbourne, turns 55 today. Some of those years must have gone slowly for him, as he is chronically ill. Fortunately, he has the [...]

NYT’s Art Critic Embarrasses Himself Attacking Bill Donohue

It's always something of a shock to me when an art critic I respect starts talking about politics.  What startles me is how quickly someone who is intelligent, cultured, and well-educated can sound downright stupid.  Such is the case with the New York Times' Michael Kimmelman. On the front page of today's Art section, Kimmelman [...]

Friday Free-for-All: Christmas Eve Edition

Happy Christmas Eve! Things might be a little quiet around here today, as the InsideCatholic staff goes about its last-minute preparations for tomorrow (please tell me I'm not the only one who still has presents left to buy?...). In the meantime, below are a few quick holiday links to tide you over. And from all [...]

It’s Shut-Up Time for Paul Krugman

Jeremy Warner, assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph and prominent British economics journalist, has a message for liberal economist Paul Krugman: Please shut up. The occasion for the remark -- and come on, we've all been thinking it -- was Krugman's recent and wholly unsolicited criticism of Britain's deficit reduction plan. Professor Krugman suggests that [...]

People in “persistent vegetative states” given the ability to communicate

(From PhysOrg.com): Researchers from Cambridge University in the UK have been able to communicate with brain-injured patients in "locked states" commonly referred to as persistent vegetative states (PVS). They predict such patients will soon be able to communicate and perhaps even move themselves around in motorized wheelchairs. This is huge.  I can't imagine the frustration [...]

‘Their Church is still alive’

In Ross Douthat's Sunday New York Times column, he explains why -- despite the insistence that the Church today is irrelevant for failing to keep up with the times -- hundreds of thousands of Catholics came out for the UK papal visit: [I]n turning out for their beleaguered pope, Britain’s Catholics acknowledged something essential about [...]

Benedict: Church authorities ‘not sufficiently vigilant’ in abuse scandal

Benedict's visit to the UK is already underway, and the coverage began on his flight over, with the pope's customary habit of answering written questions from journalists -- a practice that tends to set the tone for the first day of reporting. As with several of Benedict's recent state visits, one of those questions dealt [...]

What to expect from the papal visit

Over at Catholic Culture, Phil Lawler offers five things we can expect from Benedict's trip to the UK (which begins tomorrow). Among things like the "nasty rhetoric" and criticism of the organizers that we've already seen, one item stood out -- and gave me hope for the visit: 4. Expect the unexpected  Pope Benedict has [...]

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