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Spanish Church banks on “youth” with hardline cardinal’s re-election

The decision to elect Antonio María Rouco Varela as president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference once again may have been inevitable, but it highlights the Church’s reluctance to take a new approach in tackling its very obvious problems.

March 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Opposing Spain’s abortion law: don’t blame the Church

Despite reports to the contrary, the Vatican is not the driving force behind resistance to the country’s latest social legislation; the naysaying Popular Party is the real culprit.

August 6th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Saramago: Iberia’s Godless conscience

When Portugal’s best-known novelist died recently, the Catholic Church was quick to underline its contempt for him. But there was more to the author of ‘Blindness’ than Marx and atheism.

July 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Culture, Books | Read More »

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