Day: October 28, 2015

Discovered in a pub, possibly: The remains of an English saint

Discovered in a pub, possibly: The remains of an English saint

The bones were actually discovered 140 years ago in the Welsh pub the Olde Star Inn, wrapped in children’s clothing in an old trunk. It wasn’t until recently that they came close to being identified as those of Saint John Plessington, a Catholic priest who was hanged, drawn and quartered in 1679. Pope Pius XI […]

Catholic Church calls for UN to act on climate change

Catholic Church calls for UN to act on climate change

As reported in various news outlets including The Guardian, the Vatican released a statement on Monday connecting environmentalism and social justice, five months following the release of his encyclical on the environment: The Catholic church has called on UN negotiators convening in Paris at the end of November to agree a goal for “complete decarbonisation” […]

Should a hymn writer’s scandals warrant the banning of a hymn?

Should a hymn writer’s scandals warrant the banning of a hymn?

In a guest post on the blog Law & Religion UK, 27 October 2015, Michael Ainsworth raises the question over whether the Church should continue to use hymns when their writers have been discovered to have created scandals or committed crimes: The Diocese of Chichester’s settlement to an unnamed child abuse victim, over 60 years ago, […]