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China Ends One-Child Family Policy

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The barbaric social engineering experiment has ended. The low birth rate has resulted in an ageing population.

The Catholic Herald:

China has ended its one-child policy after three decades.

The ruling Communist Party has said it will ease family planning restrictions, allowing couples to have two children.

It is thought the one-child policy has prevented about 400million births since it was introduced.

The controversial policy was introduced nationally three decades ago in 1978 with the aim of tackling China’s rapidly growing population.

It faced global criticism when it was brought in, as critics suggested it was an abuse of people’s human rights.

Those who violated the policy faced a range of punishments, from fines to loss of employment or forced abortions.

While the restrictions reduced the country’s birth rate, it has seen a rise in the relative number of elderly people.

Now, amid concerns over China’s ageing population, the party has bowed to activist’s call for change.

The policy had been relaxed in some areas, as sociologists began to raise concerns about rising social costs and falling worker numbers.

The rules were not formally relaxed by the Communist Party until two years ago, when it allowed couples in which at least one of the pair is an only child, and those who had a girl, to have a second.


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October 29, 2015 at 16:59

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How English Has Changed: Psalm 23

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And this is why new Bible translations are necessary.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

October 29, 2015 at 06:18

The BBC: Writing Christianity Out of History

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A few days ago I had the slimy experience of listening to a forty-minute discussion on BBC radio purporting to show the history of Britain through the medium of poetry. I describe the experience as slimy because I felt, having listened to it, that I had been slimed, finding myself covered spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally in a decaying, mendacious goo.

Let me explain…

Read on here.


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October 28, 2015 at 13:48

The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing

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October 28, 2015 at 13:29

The Surprising Rise of Christianity in Russia

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Mystic Post with an interesting read for a Sunday afternoon:

With America clearly in mind, Vladimir Putin recently declared: “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered. They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality of good and evil.” Putin believes in sin and that morality is not a relative moving target that is determined by the dominate culture of the time. In Putin’s world – his Christian world – there are consequences to moral behavior – there is a right and a wrong.

Putin’s words on faith have surprised the world…

Read on here.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

October 25, 2015 at 17:23

Churches Robbed in Germany: Stolen Chalices, Crosses and Other Items Sent to Syria to Fund ISIS

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Eight men — led by a Moroccan — are on trial in Germany for stealing from churches and schools in order to fund the Islamic State (IS), the Christian Headlines website reports today (October 24, 2015).

The men aiding the Islamic State stole 19,000 Euros worth of goods from churches and schools in Cologne and Siegen.

In the court case, chief prosecutor Nadja Gudermann said that the men stole church offertory funds, collection boxes, crosses, chalices, and a number of other valuable objects “dedicated to church services and religious worship.”

In addition to pilfering from churches, the men are also accused of stealing money, laptop computers, and a cash card from schools. The men sent the stolen items to Syria to fund Islamic State fighters in their terrorist campaign.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

October 24, 2015 at 20:50

Springboks vs All Blacks (WC 2015)

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It’s a massive rugby day today: World Cup Semi with the Springboks (South Africa) vs. the All Blacks (NZ) at Twickenham.

News 24 will have live updates.

And Twitter, as always, will be abuzz.

80 minutes of war between two historic great rivals.

I’ll tell you, my heart says: ‘Springboks’, but my head says another: ‘All Blacks’…

Oh well, all I’ll say then is: ‘Go Bokke!!’

UPDATE: Final scores: South Africa 18-20 New Zealand.


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October 24, 2015 at 13:22


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