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Paraplegic British Cop Walks

What a remarkable story! But in a way, it’s not. It’s what happens in societies that are free to develop new ideas and revolutionary concepts. Remember, there was a day when the steam engine was just as remarkable. From Jewish News via Weaponsman Nicki Donnelly was confined to a wheelchair after being seriously injured in […]

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Reformation Sunday

Today,  499 years ago, a priest (and a monk) by the name of Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Slosskirche in Wittenberg, All Saints Church. Some say this started the Reformation, and in a way it did. But these were things he thought the church should discuss, and this was the normal […]

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St. Teresa of Calcutta

And so the Catholic Church last Sunday recognized St. Teresa of Calcutta as a saint. It was pretty obvious even during her lifetime here on earth, but even in the church bureaucrats gotta bureaucrat. It’s always been so, in fact, that how organizations stay on track, so I’m mostly kidding here. But she wasn’t. Working […]

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Brexit: a Month On

Well, we are a month on from the Brexit vote, and it still echoes around Europe and indeed the west. Perhaps it would be a good time to review. Everything is connected: Brexit, Trump, le Pen, Isis – even Ghostbusters. They’re all part of the same story. It’s been nearly a month since the Brexit […]

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Gaudium et Spes: The Church in the Modern World

This Newman Lecture is by the Rt Revd Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth, whose title is also the title of the post. Bishop Philip is a graduate of King’s College, London and the University of Birmingham (PhD, Theology). He undertook his formation for the priesthood at Allen Hall, London and the Venerable English College, Rome, and was awarded his […]

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The Changing Faces of the Papacy

This is a fascinating overview of the last 50 or so years of the Catholic church, not so much a lecture as an audio/visual memoir. While he doesn’t take anybody’s side in the controversies racking our churches, he gives a perspective on why things are as they are, one of the best talks I’ve heard […]

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Clash of Civilizations: Islamic vs. Judeo-Christian

Embed from Getty Images OK, gang, I give up for now, I’m fighting a cold and writing isn’t going well. But here’s a friend of mine. And Dan is right. Judeo-Christian civilization has nothing in common with, and nothing to gain from, Islamic civilization as it now exists. They have been clashing for centuries. Now, […]

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Troublesome Priest

I don’t know if you’ve seen the film, ‘Becket’, but it was one of my father’s favourites, and we used to watch it at Christmas on video (yikes, remember that? I mentioned it to a pupil the other week and she looked at me as though I was someone from the Dark Ages!). I was […]

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Laura Perrins: The Big State is the inevitable result of chaining women to the work station

Many of us here are interested in how we got here. Not least because here is not a very good place to be, and perhaps we should consider how we could return to another, perhaps better place. Laura Perrins of A Conservative Woman has some thoughts about that, and I think we should listen. Stop […]

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Building on Sand

Over at AATW today, Geoffrey Sales is talking about how we owe it to ourselves to attempt to live up to God’s standards, even if we don’t often (or ever, for that matter) meet them. We owe it to ourselves to try. This is the paramount curse of modernism, post-modernism, progressivism, and what we currently […]

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Pots and Kettles: Part 34,295

There’s been a lot of noise amongst my British friends the last week about how awful it is that David Cameron and *gasp* the Queen, received Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, and put him up for several days at Buckingham Palace. Now granted that Xi is no angel, nor should we think him a good […]

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Is the Church Returning to the Practice of Political Trade-Offs?

In the 1550s the Society of Jesus was formed by the soldier-monk, Ignatius Loyola, and became, for all intents and purposes, the missionary-military arm of the …

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What English Catholicism will look like in 2115

This is pretty interesting, and while it specifically talks about England, it perhaps has wider application. A century from now Catholics are likely to be the country’s largest Christian body. But the priesthood, the Mass and the laity may look startlingly different to today An English Catholic in 1615 lived an entirely different life from […]

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Why I became a Catholic: Tim Stanley

This is interesting, not least to me as it casts some light on my journey as well. But I think it applies well beyond how we find ourselves in one or another church. I think it speaks much to how we have all searched to find structure in our lives, both in Christianity and in our […]

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David Cameron’s ‘British values’ agenda is anti-Christian

Is it? Yes, and its also anti-Islamic, anti- Jewish, anti-Hindu, anti-Sikh, and anti-secular humanist. It’s also anti-British, anti-American, and anti-western civilization. Unless you worship David Cameron as the one true god, it’s against whatever you believe. Here’s Cameron’s money quote: For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as […]

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Religion in Foreign Policy

It is undeniable that we are suffering a failure of education, including education in our faiths, especially Christianity. This is evidenced not only by our lack of knowledge of our history of our society but also of our church history, and our churches’ teaching. A large proportion of our populations, even those that will admit […]

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Pope Francis on Climate Change: The Mutually-Reinforcing Impacts of Power, Wealth, and Culture

Writing in 2015, Pope Francis addressed the problem of climate change and suggested what he, or the Vatican more broadly, considered to be necessary systemic changes on the road to recovery. In the encyclical, the patient may be human nature itself—specifically, its self-destructive propensity and trait of power-aggrandizement. In other words, we had lost control of our built-up (i.e., artificial) societal systems and structures, which could wind up strangling us in their protection of the status quo. In this essay, I discuss the Pope’s portrayal of the problem of climate change from the standpoints of culture, power, and wealth. I then address the feasibility of the Pope’s prescription.

The full essay is at “Pope Francis on Climate Change.”

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Men of Honor: Forces of Disorder

[Am I back? I don’t know,  we’ll find out together. But I happened to glance up at my TV last week, and something struck me, and I want to share it with you] Last week many of us were semi watching the far overblown coverage of the confrontations/riots/ whatever in Ferguson, Missouri. One of the […]

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Pusey — NEWMAN LECTURES

If you are like me, you mostly find sermons these days unsatisfying. It doesn’t matter much whether you’re Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Methodist or almost any other variant of Christianity, nearly all of what we hear in church any more is pap. We know, of course, that God is Love but, we also know that he […]

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