The Pill causes depression
New research involving one million people has found that women are at
higher risk of depression when taking the contraceptive pill. The research also confirms that adolescent
girls are particularly sensitive to hormonal contraception.
It is reported that around half of women of reproductive age use the
Pill, including more than a third of older teenagers. The Danish research team who carried out the
study found that an astonishing 23% of women taking the Pill were more likely
to suffer depression.
Pope Francis has spoken openly about his support for the
Mexican bishops who, along with millions of people, have taken to the streets to
protest against the legalisation of same-sex marriage and the serious threat
it poses to family life.
The pope said: “I am very happy to
associate myself with the bishops of Mexico, in supporting the commitment of
the Church and of civil society in favour of the family and of life, which in
this time require special pastoral and cultural attention in all the world.”
George Weigel, the Distinguished Senior Fellow of the
Ethics and Public Policy Center, has claimed that democracy is likely to become
brittle, crack and fail unless society consists of “men and women committed to
the dignity of the human person as the first principle of just governance and
dedicated to the pursuit of the common good.”
Weigel, in response to the assertion that those who
believe that truths about the human person and human community are essential to
democracy are actually on an authoritarian mission, says: “it is the radical
moral relativists for whom there is no “truth,” but only expressions of
personal preference and will, who are busily enforcing their judgments on
society in the name of “tolerance”.
The owl: undeniably beautiful, but not human
Walking through the centre of Edinburgh last week I was
struck by a large crowd gathered on the pavement. As I approached I noticed that the crowd,
made up mostly of tourists, were gawping at a rather large, impressive owl that
was perched on its keeper’s arm.
The crowd pointed, smiled, laughed and took a vast amount of
photographs with their mobile phones and state-of-the-art digital cameras. It was all very pleasing to the owl’s keeper
who must have been licking his lips at the prospect of a bumper pay day should
even a fraction of those gathered be brave enough to get up close and personal
with the beautiful feathered creature and let it sit on their arm.
The Archdiocese of Glasgow appears to be reaping the rewards of
a fresh new drive for vocations to the priesthood. The September edition of Flourish, the
Archdiocese’s journal, has highlighted the increasing popularity of monthly
evenings of discernment hosted by Father Ross Campbell, who is the Archdiocese’s
vocations director and Catholic chaplain to the University of Glasgow.
Six men have already signed up for the first evening of
discernment taking place on Friday 14October and it is hoped that
more will join.