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Loneliness, part 3: Pope John Paul II and ‘Original Solitude’

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Loneliness, part 3: Pope John Paul II and ‘Original Solitude’

The early chapters of Pope John Paul II’s theological project, The Theology of the Body, develop a philosophical anthropology based on a close reading of the Genesis creation stories. John Paul II contends that the […]

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St John Paul II

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St John Paul II

  It is really exciting to be able to write about a man I greatly admired; and someone I had the privilege to see. Karol Josef Wojtyla, known to the world as John Paul II […]

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Loneliness, part 2: the experience of the priest

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Loneliness, part 2: the experience of the priest

The popular description of loneliness emphasises its social dimension. Loneliness is the absence of companionship, a failure to create and sustain a web of meaningful, supportive attachments. Circumstance or choice means that some people live […]

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Loneliness, part 1: the human condition

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Loneliness, part 1: the human condition

For many people, loneliness is that facet of human existence that they most dread and, from which, they tirelessly labour to escape. Yet, loneliness is one of the distinguishing hallmarks of our humanity. It is […]

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A one day workshop about post-abortion counselling: for those wanting to offer support to women and men after an abortion

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A one day workshop about post-abortion counselling: for those wanting to offer support to women and men after an abortion

Theresa Burke, founder of the Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, will run a series of clinical training seminars in London on Saturday 1 November 2014.The day is open to health professionals, priests and deacons, counselors and those […]

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How Christianity can engage with contemporary culture: the example of St Alban

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How Christianity can engage with contemporary culture: the example of St Alban

A talk by Fr Stephen Wang about the life of St Alban and it’s relevance for Christians today as they try to witness to their faith and work out the best way to engage with […]

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From the synod: the message to the People of God

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From the synod: the message to the People of God

The following message was approved by the synod this morning by 158 out of the 174 voting members. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who headed the team redacting it, described it as a paraclesis, an early-Church literary form which […]

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New formation programme for catechists

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New formation programme for catechists

Catechist Foundations for the New Evangelisation: A formation Programme for catechists of today rooted in prayer in the Benedictine Tradition. Click here for further information. This is a distance-learning course of 18 months duration, with 5 study days, […]

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Ida: beauty in black and white

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Ida: beauty in black and white

[Warning: minor plot-spoilers in my text; but major plot-spoilers in the trailer above!] If the Polish film Ida does not win an Oscar for best cinematography at next year’s awards then I will eat my […]

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Vocation to Love, part 8: ‘Remember those in prison’

Filed in Ethics by on October 10, 2014 2 Comments
Vocation to Love, part 8: ‘Remember those in prison’

Yesterday I was introduced to Zac. Zacchaeus to you, the chap who is up the Jericho Tree. But he’s ‘Zac’ to the thousands of participants on the Sycamore Tree course. You see, it’s easier for […]

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The Call to Discipleship – Young Adults Retreat (18-35)

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The Call to Discipleship – Young Adults Retreat (18-35)

31st Oct – 2nd Nov 2014 @ Worth Abbey The Call to Discipleship – Young Adults Retreat (18-35) Offering an opportunity for you to discover deeper meaning and direction in your life, to hear Christ’s […]

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What happens when you don’t put yourself in the centre?

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What happens when you don’t put yourself in the centre?

St Paul tells us to be humble and self-effacing. But is this healthy? Does it mean we deny our own personalities and become faceless Christians? What really happens if we stop putting ourselves in the […]

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The temptations you face when working in finance

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The temptations you face when working in finance

Michael Lewis writes about the occupational hazards of working on Wall Street. He wonders why so many bright graduates still go into finance and what temptations they face when they arrive there. The question I’ve […]

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MA in Catholic Applied Theology (Marriage and Family)

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MA in Catholic Applied Theology (Marriage and Family)

With the Synod coming up, it’s a good time to advertise this MA on Marriage and Family at Maryvale. See the site here for more information, and the blurb copied below. This programme teaches the […]

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Pope Francis appoints Bishop John Arnold to be the Eleventh Bishop of Salford

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Pope Francis appoints Bishop John Arnold to be the Eleventh Bishop of Salford

Cardinal Vincent Nichols invites people to join with him in praying for Bishop John Arnold and the faithful of Salford Diocese as he prepares to take up his new appointment as their shepherd. On learning […]

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Discipleship: How to Reach the Average Catholic Parent

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Discipleship: How to Reach the Average Catholic Parent

Some news from an evangelisation survey (undertaken by Home Mission at the Bishops’ Conference) is interesting. To summarise, the following are some reasons that non-practising Catholic parents (with children at Catholic primary schools) gave for not going regularly to church: […]

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Annulment reform: the synod’s first fruit

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Annulment reform: the synod’s first fruit

With cardinals who head the world’s major dioceses lining up against Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposals to provide a path back to the Eucharist for those who have entered new relationships after divorcing, reform is increasingly shifting to the sphere […]

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Human jealousy and divine generosity

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Human jealousy and divine generosity

Is God unfair? A sermon by Fr Stephen Wang, about the dangers of jealousy, the wonder of God’s generosity, and the puzzle of why he gives some things to some people and not to others.

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Pre-synod jostling points to dynamism of Rome meeting on family

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Pre-synod jostling points to dynamism of Rome meeting on family

The Australian cardinal whom Pope Francis earlier this year put in charge of Vatican finances has added his voice to a large number of senior church figures warning against expecting changes to come from next […]

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The power of film: surprise Spanish hit “La última cima” (The Last Summit)

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The power of film: surprise Spanish hit “La última cima” (The Last Summit)

Imagine a film about a priest that’s a box-office knock-out, a cinema success that outsells Harry Potter. Now imagine this priest is neither a Pope nor a celebrity nor a cause of scandal, but simply […]

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