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July 5, 2020

In the past week, a number of matters have been brought to my attention which, whilst emanating from different parts of the world, bear certain common features. In each case, the issue concerned the formulation of personal attacks (usually by means of social media) upo...

June 21, 2020

Within a number of countries, today marks the event in the national calendar known as 'Fathers' Day'. Convention dictates that greeting cards are purchased and penned, gifts are offered, and time given to 'fathers'.

Social commentators will immediate emphasise the very...

June 16, 2020

It has been over 2 months since an article was last posted here. Lest this introductory statement should be received as too redolent of the confessional, I might paraphrase St Benedict and observe there are also times when it is prudent to remain silent.  As the Rule o...

April 8, 2020

Canon 220 of the Code of Canon Law encapsulates a principle common to both the civil and canonical traditions, namely: the presumption of innocence. In the field of safeguarding this irreplaceable component of justice has from time to time become obscured. This is not...

April 4, 2020

In their "From the Depths of Our Hearts" Pope Benedict and Cardinal Sarah express their shared anxiety for the ease with which certain leaders in the church have lost sight of the sole rationale for the Church's existence:  the person and mission of Christ who is Truth...

April 2, 2020

Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of St John Paul II. No amount of writings, learned articles, or, biographies can do justice to this great man. From the first words of his pontificate he recognised both are human susceptibility to fear and was not slow to provide...

April 1, 2020

In recent days, a good deal of anguish has been expressed concerning the closure of churches and the non-celebration of the sacraments in a manner which is accessible to the faithful. It has been rightly pointed out that these are, according to our faith, essential ser...

March 28, 2020

These past weeks have witnessed some remarkable events within the life of the Church. Edicts declaring the cessation of the public celebration of the Mass, the closure of churches and the prohibition of requiem Masses have become the norm.  Each of these decisions (and...

March 26, 2020

In the Office of Readings, we are reminded of the humanity of Jesus. Written by St. Pope Leo the Great, the champion of the hypostatic union, we are invited to see ourselves in Christ’s suffering, His death and His resurrection.  St Leo writes: 

“No...

March 22, 2020

My attention has been drawn to an article in the German press regarding the celebration of what is termed the "private mass".  The Article: "Private Mass Does not fit with Contemporary Understanding of Eucharist" (Gerhards et al) challenges the celebration of Mass...

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