Tag Archives: Catholic Church

Making – and keeping – new Catholics

A new report by the Catholic Research Forum (an initiative of the Benedict XVI centre at St Mary’s University, Twickenham) has something to tell us about evangelisation. 7.7 per cent of the 3.8 million Catholics in the UK are ‘converts’ … Continue reading

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Please don’t try and wear the burse on your head

Period drama nowadays goes to extreme lengths to ensure accuracy. In every area, that is, save the ecclesiastical. There, I’m afraid, one is still likely to see a scene from a Jane Austen novel with the clergyman conducting a funeral … Continue reading

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A Saturday Farewell & a Sunday Celebration

On┬áthe last Sunday of┬áSeptember the Diocese of Amiens in northern France celebrates in honour of its first Bishop, St Firmin, whose relics are kept in the cathedral (which is, I think, the largest Gothic cathedral in France). In the parishes … Continue reading

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‘Songs of Praise’ does it again!

Surely a trailer for ‘The Moral Maze’? But no – there it was in the ‘Sunday Telegraph’ guide to Radio and Television (Sunday 2 August 2015): Songs of Praise A woman who acted as a surrogate mother for her sister … Continue reading

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Another model for Ordinariate life and mission

In the early days of the Ordinariate I tried to identify some ‘models’ which might be appropriate for groups with their pastors. My initial experience was of the ‘church-planting’ model, successfully applied at the Most Precious Blood at Borough in … Continue reading

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The setting of the Liturgy

In the 1930’s the Kelham Fathers built the Great Chapel for their monastery and theological college near Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire. The architect was Charles Clayton Thompson, and to my knowledge he built no other churches. Yet it is one of … Continue reading

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Alpha for Catholics – be just a bit cautious

Just after Christmas a good friend and member of the Ordinariate wrote this to me: ” We have started Alpha training again, I am not convinced that this is the way to bring lapsed Catholics back to church. I have … Continue reading

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