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A recent conference explored how the idea of Purgatory could work in contemporary psychotherapy. Much common ground was found, particularly in relation to pride, hope and love
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No-one likes to be called a sourpuss. So when Pope Francis started talking about some Catholics looking like sourpusses, many worried that he might have been referring to them, as traditionalists or single-issue activists.
Following Friday’s vote in Parliament, British armed forces will once again be engaged in action in the Middle East.
If Canada’s province of Quebec is anything to go by, Scotland is in for a rocky ride after it voted “no” to independence.
I understand that in the lead up to next month’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, you and a number of your confreres are re-asserting the Church’s longstanding exclusion of divorced and remarried people from Communion.
By no means. While Scotland has voted to remain part of the UK and Alex Salmond has resigned, the legacy is a campaign that became steadily more acrimonious.
The Diocese of Leeds in its annual return recently told the Charity Commission that it was looking forward to the arrival of its new bishop. According to the diocese's trustees, since the now-Archbishop Arthur Roche had left in 2012, Leeds had “not been able to innovate”, but instead had had to focus on putting itself on a viable financial footing, to make sure that outgoings were within reach of income once again.
Catholic women in the Irish Diocese of Killaloe oppose the ordination of male permanent deacons in their parishes. Although I think that Irish dioceses do need to ordain permanent deacons because of their grave shortage of priestly vocations, I do have sympathy with the women in the diocese who have protested at yet another male-only ordained ministry.
Chief Zen escorted me to several settlements of his displaced people. Most displaced Yazidis would gladly trade places with Bushra’s family. Forty-eight destitute Yazidis shelter under a makeshift tent. In a nearby school, over 50 people live in one room. A group of 35 have nothing over their heads apart from the branches of a few trees. The displaced Yazidis are isolated, and don’t have the local and international networks of support on which Iraqi Christians can rely.
As the Church approaches the October Synod, it would do well to return to Jesus’ teachings on the family – from which the notion of ‘nature’ is conspicuously absent.
During my lifetime there have been remarkable developments at Walsingham: a substantial building programme at the Anglican shrine and at the Catholic shrine, the new buildings at the Slipper Chapel showing something of the burgeoning interest of the general public.