The shock of the referendum could signal a new politics – or something darker

Who won the referendum? It has plenty of losers apart from the EU – David Cameron and Barack Obama, the experts and the financial elites, and that orthodoxy defined by Orwell as “a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question”. Our present orthodoxy, which had included support… Continue reading The shock of the referendum could signal a new politics – or something darker

Letters from the Synod: special edition, October 10, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops As Synod-2015 ends its first week of work, a crucial point of conversation and debate over the next two weeks is coming into clearer focus as other, more mediagenic proposals fade into the background: Should the Synod… Continue reading Letters from the Synod: special edition, October 10, 2015

Catholic and Anglican bishops visit Calais migrant camp

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark joined more than 2,000 people taking part in the ‘Refugees Welcome’ Day of Action Catholic and Anglican bishops from Britain and France have joined together to ask their countries to be more generous in response to the migrant crisis at Calais. Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, Trevor Wilmott, Anglican Bishop… Continue reading Catholic and Anglican bishops visit Calais migrant camp

Bishops: we cannot accept that people drown and suffocate at Europe’s borders

Commission of European bishops, COMECE, says the crisis requires a continent-wide solution The European Union must adopt a common asylum policy “without delay” because it is unacceptable for refugees to “drown and suffocate” at the fringes of the bloc, said the European bishops. A statement issued by the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the… Continue reading Bishops: we cannot accept that people drown and suffocate at Europe’s borders