Commemorating the Reformation

THIS MONTH sees the five hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. At the end of October 1517 the German Augustinian monk and professor Martin Luther published his Ninety Five Theses (allegedly also nailing them to the door of a church in Wittenberg) which began his

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The Meaning of Subsidiarity

ONE of the distinctive things about Catholic Christianity is that we have something to say about virtually every moral or political issue in the world. Back at the end of 1996 in their teaching document The Common Good our bishops in this country memorably wrote, ‘Nothing is beyond the scope

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Going Back to 2004

BACK IN 2004 the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales issued a very important teaching document, one of the most impressive documents of this kind to come from any of the churches in this country in recent years, the product both of deep theological reflection and of the experience

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God Loves a Cheerful Giver

MANY YEARS AGO I remember my late father, who was a Presbyterian from Northern Ireland, telling me that apparently at church services led by the Revd Dr Ian Paisley people were told by the legendary preacher just before the collection was taken that he didn’t want to hear any money

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The Achievements of Cardinal Murphy O’Connor

BECKENHAM is not in the dioceses of Westminster, Arundel and Brighton or Portsmouth, the three jurisdictions which linked the priestly ministry of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, who died at the beginning of this month; but there are various reasons why we should particularly pray for his soul and give thanks

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God and the Atom

OVER THE SUMMER all of us, whatever our religious beliefs, have been anxious about the growing tension in the Korean peninsular. The determination of the ‘Democratic Republic of Korea’ to become a nuclear weapons state, expressed in tests and trials condemned by the international community and in defiance of the United Nations, matched

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A Journey in Faith – The RCIA in our Parish

It is the duty by our baptism of every Christian to evangelise! To help others realise that God is already in their lives even if they just don’t recognise Him. To enable us to carry out this vital mission there are The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) groups

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Education Sunday – The Catholic Education Service

Today’s gospel reading from Matthew underlines one of the great themes of that gospel – the identity and coherence of the Christian community, gathered in the Lord’s name. It is Matthew’s gospel which has the clearest ‘theology of the Church’ of all the gospels. The Lord is telling his disciples

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The Importance of Statues

THIS PICTURE is of a bronze statue of our patron saint, Edmund Rich, to be found in the Oxford college which bears his name. Compared to other saints, it is not easy to find statues of him, and we hope to have a new icon of him made in the

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Wit, Laughter and the Popish Creed

At one of the Masses on the feast of the Transfiguration earlier this month, also the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, I quoted from a little book called God and the Atom written quickly, a few weeks after the bombing, by Monsignor Ronald Knox. ‘Ronnie’ Knox was

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