Politics and current affairs

Domestic Violence
Earlier this year, Oscar Pistorious received a five year jail sentence for culpable homicide. The short length of this sentence, and that he can apply for parole after serving ten months in jail, has led to much outrage. But much of this outrage, and almost all of the coverage of the trial, missed the central point that a woman was killed by her partner. Julie Stacey refocuses our attention on the levels of violence against women in South Africa, the factors that perpetuate it, and what can be...
Oscar Pistorius
Last month, Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide over the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February 2013. The verdict came at the end of a long trial, the whole of which was broadcast live on television and debated extensively on social media. Ahead of Pistorius's sentencing on 13 October, South African Jesuit, Fr Russell Pollitt, discusses the impact of the media coverage on public opinion and on the trial itself. The trial of Oscar Pistorius has been called...
In their ruling in a right-to-die case this week, UK Supreme Court judges have urged Parliament to address the issue of assisted dying.  David Albert Jones reviews the bills currently being considered in Westminster and Holyrood which aim to legalise physician-assisted suicide.  He explores questions of law and language that surround the issue, and asks how the Church can contribute to this sensitive debate. Two new bills that would legalise assisted suicideThe British people are...
At a time when public discourse in the UK about immigration is increasingly driven by fear and negativity, it is more important than ever to give a voice in the debate to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, says Louise Zanre.  At the beginning of Refugee Week, 16-22 June 2014, she describes how Jesuit Refugee Service projects are attempting to do just that. The tone of the public debate about immigration in the UK has become increasingly hostile over the last twelve months. The...
As the dust begins to settle after the ‘earthquake’ of last month’s European election, Frank Turner SJ gives his views on the arguments that dominated the election campaign and the challenges that now lie ahead. A Christian vision sees that, ‘the foundational task of politics is to seek and sustain human dignity and the common good’ – how can this task be achieved by the next European Parliament?  The outcome of the European election has been described...
St Joseph the Worker and Bob Crow
1 May is the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, a day on which the Church encourages us to celebrate the value of work, and the dignity and rights of workers.  These issues are already in sharp focus this week for Londoners, due to strike action by London Underground workers. John Battle asks to what extent the understanding of trade unions in Catholic Social Teaching matches that of the late union leader, Bob Crow. Any London-based readers are likely to be heading into the Feast of St...

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