03 May 2018
Robert Murray was born into a world of words. His grandfather was Sir James Murray, the famous lexicographer who was the founding editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. His parents were Congregationalist missionaries. He was born in Beijing on 8 June 1925, and, after a childhood spent in China (where his parents numbered among their compatriots Eric Liddell, of Chariots of Fire fame), he attended Eltham College and Taunton School. A year’s intensive study of Persian was followed by a degree in Classics at Oxford, where he came under the influence of the Tolkien family.
In his latest pastoral letter, Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan addresses the anniversaries of Humanae Vitae and the Abortion Act – and also warns against moves towards assisted dying.
23 March 2018
German clerical leader who fought with ‘holy impatience’ for a more open Church, clashed often with Rome and welcomed the election of Pope Francis
05 March 2018
William Martin remembers a man whose personal integrity and public ministry attracted millions to the Gospel...
02 March 2018
The teaching on salvation in Christ must always be deepened. Holding fast to the gaze of the Lord Jesus, the Church turns toward all persons with a maternal love, to announce to them the plan of the Covenant of the Father, mediated by the Holy Spirit, “to sum up all things in Christ, the one head” (Eph 1:10). The present Letter is intended, in light of the greater tradition of the faith and with particular reference to the teachings of Pope Francis, to demonstrate certain aspects of Christian salvation that can be difficult to understand today because of recent cultural changes.
15 January 2018
It was as a Roman Catholic Carmelite that Martin Pendergast first met Fr. Bill, pondering with him whether a worker-priest ministry might be possible in a Catholic context.
19 December 2017
'The Motu Proprio does not have retroactive force. The important outcomes come to maturity in recent years, in obedience to the discipline up until now in force, retain their value. For the future, the guidelines concerning liturgical translations are to be interpreted in the light of what has been indicated by the Holy Father.'
26 September 2017
17 August 2017
A man of the Left, Kevin McNamara was guided through nearly 40 years as Labour MP for Hull North by a commitment to political principle, family and his Catholic faith
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