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July 27, 2019

In a week which has witnessed changes in political leadership within the UK, and nationwide disruption caused by the wrong type of heat ‘on the line’, one might be forgiven for overlooking the papal criticism of another 'stateside' member of the episcopate. Misconduct...

July 22, 2019

At this time of year, many involved in ministry begin preparations for their annual leave.  The short break following the Easter Triduum will seem some distance away; overtaken by sacramental programmes, parish school masses and, in most churches at least, wedding prep...

July 21, 2019



The Gospel reading at mass today, was the familiar story of Martha and Mary [Lk 10-:38-42].  Viewed superficially, the narrative relates the concern about sharing the load.  Understandably, Martha is displeased that her sister is not contributing to that which needs...

July 18, 2019

Given the season, this day will doubtless mark the anniversary of priestly ordination for priests far and wide.  In a recent conversation, one such candidate -celebrating in excess of 3 decades of priestly ministry-commented on how felt the closeness which he experienc...

July 17, 2019

In the Prologue to the Wife of Bath's Tale, Chaucer presents his readers with a character who, whilst untrained, unskilled and- by her own admission, unqualified-nonetheless delivers an extensive opinion to her audience. Her subject: 'marriage'. Her justification: 'exp...

July 14, 2019

Within England and Wales, the actual or prospective closure of parishes, the relegation of churches and the diminishing number of priests in ministry now form the subject of regular discussion. Not infrequently, the reason cited is the desire (or need) to "release prie...

July 14, 2019

In recent days, a devout priest shared with me his proposed homily for use this Sunday. His theme: the real presence. Tracing the Church's teaching, his homily is intended to arouse or re-awaken within the listener the awesome reality of the Blessed Sacrament as the in...

July 11, 2019

Recognised as the father of western monasticism, St Benedict had a keen understanding of human nature. This is hardly surprising. He had, after all, experienced the ebb and flow of popularity; graphically demonstrated by those who pursued him to accept the position of...

July 8, 2019

For those who participate in the sacraments by means of parish liturgies, the scene will be familiar enough. A beautifully adorned and maintained church; complete with an area for parents and other carers to manage their little ones without disturbance to others. Many...

July 7, 2019

Even those who consider themselves late entrants to the world-wide-web, will be familiar with the Amazon brand. Other service providers are, of course, available. What they each have in common is a feature known as 'one click purchase'. By this means, the transaction i...

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