Showing posts from March, 2013

Francis: Portrait of the Pope as a young man


The case for Cardinal Zen to be elected Pope

‘The Communists have always one policy that is to control the Church, and since they cannot accept double loyalty: loyalty to the country and loyalty to one’s religion. They want to separate Chinese Catholics from Rome: that is their only goal.” This is Chinese CardinalZen’s terse but on-the-ball assessment of the Chinese Communist government’s relationship with Catholicism. There are up to 12 million Catholics in China, but half the Catholic population attend government-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association churches. But this structure does not pledge unambiguous allegiance to the Pope. 

A cardinal since 2006, CardinalZen has always insisted loudly that the Patriotic Church merely imitates the Catholic Church with the aim of deluding Catholics into joining it, when in reality, it is expected to follow the Chinese government and not the Pope. The irony is that many of the members of the Patriotic Church, set up in 1957, love the Holy Father and privately promise fa…

Somebody who should have been born is gone

The Abortion by Anne Sexton

Somebody who should have been born
is gone.

Just as the earth puckered its mouth,
each bud puffing out from its knot,
I changed my shoes, and then drove south.

Up past the Blue Mountains, where
Pennsylvania humps on endlessly,
wearing, like a crayoned cat, its green hair,

its roads sunken in like a gray washboard;
where, in truth, the ground cracks evilly,
a dark socket from which the coal has poured,

Somebody who should have been born
is gone.

the grass as bristly and stout as chives,
and me wondering when the ground would break,
and me wondering how anything fragile survives;

up in Pennsylvania, I met a little man,
not Rumpelstiltskin, at all, at all...
he took the fullness that love began.

Returning north, even the sky grew thin
like a high window looking nowhere.
The road was as flat as a sheet of tin.

Somebody who should have been born
is gone.

Yes, woman, such logic will lead
to loss without death. Or say what you meant,
you coward...…

"I had an abortion for the same reason - bad timing, partner didn't want the baby"

Vicky Pryce has been found guilty of perversion of justice, and could have been sentenced to life (the biggest sentence anyone can get for this crime), but has got eight months in prison. She had made herself a whistle-blower, wanting to shame her journalist turned Lib-Dem-politician husband in the media when she revealed/claimed in the newspapers that he had made her take his speeding points, so that he would avoid a driving ban. In court, her defence for why she took the points was 'marital coercion'. To prove her case, she gave supporting evidence in the from of her revelation in court to having aborted a 'healthy' baby, following what she described as relentless pressure from her then-husband Huhne. Vicky Pryce described herself as 'accidentally pregnant' and said, 'despite my protestations, he got me to have an abortion, which I have regretted ever since.” Heart-breaking as this may be, the jury refused to believe it or did not think it relevant.


Exclusive Interview with Cardinal Ratzinger: the man who would become Pope

Ten years after it was first filmed, EWTN have released an encore of a historic interview that it did with the then Cardinal Ratzinger.

The pop-song campaign for Cardinal Tagle to be chosen as the next Pope


Cardinal Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris who could become Pope. He has fought the French government on 'the fraud of gay-marriage'


Why Cardinal Sandri could become Pope