Viewpoint

Personal opinion pieces on a wide range of Catholic issues by different writers.


Viewpoint: My memorable and lifelong adventure

Lenny (right) with Scholastica

Lenny Jilo is a teacher who runs six nutritional nurseries, providing meals and basic education for 237 children in Nariokotomo, Turkana, in northwest Kenya. She's been visiting London for the past two weeks with Scholastica Wamaluwa, a nurse in charge of the health programmes at the mission. In this essay Lenny writes about her life and work.

I was 19 years old when I first met ...

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Viewpoint: Pro-life concerns raised over Ireland's new overseas aid policy

The Irish government has launched - A Better World - as its new overseas aid policy to be administered by Irish Aid. The policy reminds us that "improving the quality and availability of health services with a strong focus on maternal and child health has been a long-standing component of our development cooperation".

That focus was initiated by Irish missionaries in the 1950s many of who...

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Viewpoint: World Council of Churches is not 'anti-Israeli'

Ecumenical Accompaniers in Hebron

A Jerusalem Post report of 20 February 2019 by Hagay Hacohen titled: "World Council of Churches exposed as biased, anti-Israeli group" is inaccurate and riddled with false innuendo.

The description of the report as a "1 minute read" indicates how superficial an effort the Jerusalem Post editorial team made to substantiate the allegations it reported as facts.

The World Council of Ch...

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Viewpoint: Mary Ward would see a new mission in Egypt

When Mary Ward started religious life for women along the Jesuit model, and schools for girls along the same lines as Jesuit education for boys, she knew what she was about. She had grown up in the Catholic underground, moving around various English recusant households, and was raised largely by her female relatives. In those early seventeenth century Catholic recusant communities, women had a ...

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Viewpoint: US Bishop writes - wearing a Trump hat 'is not exactly pro-life'

Bishop John Stowe OFM Conv

Writing in the Lexington Herald Leader, yesterday, Franciscan Bishop John Stowe, of Lexington, Kentucky, commented on issues raised by videos which appeared to show a rowdy group of Catholic high school students from his diocese mocking a native American elder.

Bishop Stowe writes: "Without engaging the discussion about the context of the viral video or placing the blame entirely on these...

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Viewpoint: Seeking common ground between Christianity and Islam

Rev Dr Michael D Calabria,

Fr Victor Edwin SJ, director of Vidyajyoti Center for Christian-Muslim Relations at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, New Delhi and editor of Salaam, in conversation with Rev Dr Michael D Calabria, OFM, PhD. Fr Michael is a Franciscan Friar of Holy Name Province. After studying library science at Columbia University (MLS, 1988) and working as an academic librarian in New York...

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US Viewpoint: 'A crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul'

Family separation at the US/Mexico border has been internationally condemned

Blaming huge numbers of violent killings, assaults, sex crimes and drug overdoses on undocumented immigrants, President Donald Trump in his first prime-time speech from the Oval Office (Jan. 8) said: "This is a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul," and insisted that Congress provide $5.7 billion for a wall extension along the US-Mexico border. Presiden...

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US Viewpoint: A crisis of Trump's own making

President Donald Trump

Rev Jim Wallis writes in Sojourners today: First, racism is always based on lies; it always has been and always will be. We saw that again in Donald Trump's address to the nation on Tuesday. It was more of the same lies he has used since he announced his presidential candidacy in 2015. He used his lies last night to try to justify his border wall, the signature issue of his political c...

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Viewpoint: A Scottish-Dutch Deacon and Brexit

Ordination Day

More than thirty years ago, a seventeen-year old version of me came to Scotland. I carried very little: being Dutch I had a bike, I had a radio (I still have it), a couple of books and a few pounds. That was it. I went to college, I went to university, I have been self-employed, and I have worked for others. I paid my taxes, married a local girl, had two children. In those thirty years, I have ...

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Viewpoint: It's just wrong… separating children from their family

It's just wrong… separating children from their family.

It's just wrong… abusing the most vulnerable to make a political point, or to further a hateful policy.

Last summer, people the world over were rightly aghast to hear that the United States administration was separating migrant children from their parents at the border. As pastor of a church near the border that is in the s...

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Viewpoint: Academisation of Catholic schools - if it ain't broke, why fix it?

Cllr Paul Donovan

A few weeks ago parents at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary school in East London held a meeting to discuss the proposed academisation of their school by the Diocese of Brentwood. The Bishop of Brentwood Alan Williams has decided that the Catholic schools of the diocese are going into a multi-academy trust linked to the Church. In the Our Lady of Lourdes case, the consultation process was...

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Viewpoint: Ordinary people are waking up about climate change

Phil Kingston is led away by police

Catholic grandfather Phil Kington, 82, writes:

I am relieved that at last the utter seriousness and urgency of the developing Earth catastrophe is being pushed into public consciousness after decades of avoidance by almost all politicians, mainstream media and of course economic and financial powers. Our political 'representatives' have let us down. With notable exceptions, they...

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Viewpoint: A hundred years after Armistice is a time for remembrance and change

On the centenary of Armistice Day, Christian Aid has warned that appalling levels of violence across the globe continue to cost lives and that world leaders, including the UK's, are too often fuelling rather than preventing conflict.

Christine Allen, Christian Aid's Director of Policy and Public Affairs, said: "On the centenary of the Armistice, we remember all those who have lost their ...

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Viewpoint: Call for UK to cut aid to Pakistan

Lord Alton of Liverpool writes: Pakistan receives an average of £383,000 in British taxpayers' money each and every single day - £2.8 billion over 20 years. Yet, as Asia Bibi's case demonstrates, they trample on the rights of minorities; trample on the ideals on which the State was founded; and trample on the rule of law. The UK needs to consider sending its daily subvention of £383...

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