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February 25, 2018

This last week, a conference was held in Flanders, Belgium. Hosted, as it is every year by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the Onclin conference always promises to be a thought provoking event. This year was no exception. Named after the great Monsignor Willy Oncli...

February 25, 2018

It seems that no matter where one looks in the UK and Ireland, the talk is of decline in numbers: mass attendances etc, etc. This has prompted much needed reconsideration of existing structures and the more efficient use of ecclesial resources. Proposals around parish...

February 21, 2018

Previous posts have referred to the precarious relationship between the papacy and the media. In recent days other social media sites have recorded what they perceive to be a rapid decline in those attending papal audiences. On the one hand, the so-called liberal media...

February 20, 2018

A short time ago, I heard of an exchange of communication between Blessed Paul VI and the late Cardinal Basil Hume OSB. The Holy Father had delivered his homily at Christmas midnight mass. His theme: God's constant search for his people. Knowing his private secretary w...

February 16, 2018

Drawing upon the text of Lumen Gentium, the Catechism reminds us that the office of bishop is lifelong and requires the exercise of office in a manner which ought to 'edify the spirit of service' (cf CCC 861 & 893). Similarly, the Code of Canon Law 1983 defines an 'ecc...

February 15, 2018

The Equal Treatment Directive (2006/54/EC) extended the principle of equality in the workplace. In doing so, it afforded protection to a number of protected characteristics, including religion or belief. Arts 9, 10 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECH...

February 14, 2018

If some years ago, I had ventured to ask a lawyer to explain to me the "presumption of innocence", I would doubtless have received an unqualified response along the lines of: "this presumption is one of the foundation stones of the rule of law". After all, he who asser...

February 13, 2018

In his Rule, St Benedict makes a good deal of both individual and communal responsibility: all are called to participate in a 'school of the Lord's service'. Since Vatican II much ink has been spilt in relation to the question of lay participation in the life of the ch...

February 13, 2018

As media coverage continues to rage about Pope Francis' handling of the Barros case, I received a report of a recent broadcast from EWTN. Hosted by the Raymond Arroyo (see The World Over). If the reports I have seen are accurate, a guest lawyer proceeded to offer...

February 10, 2018

The weeks following the papal visit to Latin America have been dominated by the reportage of his "defence" of an accused bishop. As far as one can tell - and allowing for issues of translation- it is not suggested that the bishop in question was in fact the perpetrator...

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