- Wanted: a shepherd for the Windy City
One of the most important sees in the United States, Chicago, has to be filled, after Cardinal Francis George declared his wish to resign on the grounds of age and ill-health
- Home News
- World News
- Parish Practice
- Letters Extra
- The living Spirit
- Sudanese Christian mother sentenced to hang for apostasy meets Pope in Vatican
- Former ambassador condemns Government’s 'silence' over Islamists' forcing thousands of Christians out of Mosul on foot
- Church puts abuse survivors at heart of safeguarding as report discloses 10 years of data
- Tragic loss of Evangelical bishop and close friend of Pope Francis ahead of meeting in Italy
James MacMillan’s promise to use ‘robust tactics’, in his quest for a seat on the National Music Advisory Board (Notebook, 29 March) suggests he is neither pastor nor liturgist. No point, then, mentioning theology, ecclesiology or aesthetics as he seems content in the narrow world of ecclesiastical committee-politicking! Sadly this discredits any valid argument but worse, reduces the Sacred Liturgy. What is the “source and summit of our unity and peace” is become the battleground, not for meaning, but opinion and personality.
After the dreadful 12 months we have had in Scotland, and on the cusp of the closure and amalgamation of parishes in this archdiocese, it is ill-judged of MacMillan to be lobbing ideological hand grenades at already beleaguered and anxious communities. He wants to teach us about “prayer through song”; what does he judge we are trying to do every single day in our churches?
Fr Jim Lawlor, Glasgow