Blogs and Articles

Blogs and articles from Britain and around the world written by Columban missionaries and people experiencing Columban mission, covering the broad range of Columban mission themes.

Blogs and Articles relating to Patenting


  • Hertford College 17th October 2011

    We Can’t Live on the Internet – a Reflection for World Food Day

    by Ellen Teague

    The following talk was given by Ellen Teague during the evensong service for World Food Day – 16 October – in the Chapel of Hertford College, Oxford University at the invitation of the chaplain, Revd Gareth Hughes.

  • Children planting vegetable seeds at the National Justice and Peace network Conference 2010. 23rd June 2011

    Food – Taking back responsibility

    by Ellen Teague

    “Eleanor’s courgette has grown so much this past week, and she’s checking it all the time”. My friend’s young daughter was in the children’s programme at the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales Conference last weekend in Derbyshire – ‘Our Daily Bread – Food security, People and Planet’.

  • A Columban organic farm in the Philippines. 23rd June 2011

    No patents on life

    by Ellen Teague

    I was married in 1980. Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was martyred in 1980. Solidarity challenged the Soviet-backed government of Poland in 1980. The Iran-Iraq war broke out in 1980. Yet, perhaps more momentous than any of these was a landmark case in 1980 in the U.S. Supreme Court where a judge ruled that, for the first time, forms of life could be patented. A scientist, Ananda Chakrabarty, was permitted to patent a bacterium that he had genetically engineered to digest oil spills.

  • Fr Sean McDonagh 23rd June 2011

    Engineering Life: Ethics and Genetic Engineering

    by Fr Sean McDonagh

    In debating the ethics of genetic engineering it is essential to develop an appropriate ethical framework for the discussion. This will demand a major shift away from the almost exclusively human or homocentric focus which has been so pervasive in the Western ethics and wider cultural tradition for almost two thousand years.