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Text of the 12 October letter Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl addressed to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Washington following the announcement that Pope Francis has accepted his resignation as archbishop of Washington

In recent months, in parishes and deaneries, we have been considering the future life of the Diocese and this Mission to which we are called. In the Autumn, the Pastoral Plan for the Diocese will be presented in each Deanery. This is an important moment in the life of us all. Pray for our Diocese, that this work may be truly blessed.

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.

German clerical leader who fought with ‘holy impatience’ for a more open Church, clashed often with Rome and welcomed the election of Pope Francis

William Martin remembers a man whose personal integrity and public ministry attracted millions to the Gospel...

02 March 2018

Letter Placuit Deo

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.

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.

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