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November 6, 2019

 For those of a certain vintage, the term 'start as you mean to go on' will be familiar enough. Experience also confirms that it is not uncommon for those who readily participate in (and derive benefits of membership from) particular associations, or communities, may,...

November 4, 2019

Media coverage over this past weekend has raised some interesting questions. News of a conference at Trinity College Dublin, reports allegations of "cowardice" within the Irish episcopate and "fundamental dysfunction" within seminaries. Elsewhere, video footage has bee...

November 2, 2019

As any informed observer will confirm, vocabulary in the Church is, like any other social community, subject to change. Take by way of example, the ubiquitous use of the term "Eucharistic Minister", with the de facto abandonment of the prefix "Extraordinary".   It has...

October 27, 2019

A mainstream English broadsheet newspaper recently reported on the Amazon Synod. The feature recalled one of the indigenous peoples as having commented: "Eden is here and we are destroying it..."   More recently, NCR has presented coverage on the recommendations made b...

October 19, 2019

Whilst the secular domestic media is dominated by the "Brexit" saga, the "Catholic" press is awash with theories concerning the funding and motivation of the Amazon Synod.  

As the saying goes: "every picture tells a story". One image which acquired prominence was...

October 11, 2019

In two days time, Blessed John Henry Newman will join the ranks of those recognised by the Church as having attained sanctity. If it has not already started, the deluge of freshly printed copies of his works, and those of Newman Scholars, is imminent.  There will also...

October 7, 2019

Since the Council of Trent, the Church has formulated, asserted and affirmed the fundamental concept of the ecclesiastical office. Whilst the notion of 'benefice' has long since been abandoned, the understanding of 'ecclesiastical office' as an appointment which is ins...

October 6, 2019

The parable of the Good Samaritan is well known; a steady and reliable component in any form of catechesis or bible instruction. As set in the narrative of Luke, the scene is familiar enough. A lawyer seeking to ensnare Jesus with a question which demanded not only a d...

September 14, 2019

This past week has witnessed a number of adverse headlines: admissions made by a Diocese in Australia that those exercising ecclesial oversight were aware of predatory conduct and abuse by a priest permitted to remain in ministry; reports of an American Bishop charteri...

September 11, 2019

As the saying goes, ‘familiarity breeds contempt’.  But what of lack of familiarity? It can take various forms. On one level, it may be taken to mean an absence of knowledge, acquaintance, or, experience. In each case, lack of familiarity may be seen as synonymous with...

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