Category Archives: Church Politics

Philip Jenkins on dissident Catholics

  Professor Philip Jenkins, Welsh-born Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University in the United States, may be quite well known to many for his contributions to research in Christian history and criminology (no pun intended!). Long, long ago in … Continue reading

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Giving up gracelessly

According to the Church, yesterday was the feast of Ss Cyril and Methodius. According to my 1938 edition of “Garden of the Soul”, my 1962 edition of “The Manual of Christian Prayer” and the rest of the whole world, yesterday … Continue reading

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A symbol of our times

Franz von Rohden – Crucifixion The Herald reports that a work of art, hailed as a masterpiece by experts, was hung in a chapel at Ushaw until the 1970s, when it was put in cupboard (no doubt replaced by something … Continue reading

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A fine word

The Holy Father had something good and important to say yesterday: When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper … Continue reading

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The Bishop of Bling? The Real Scandal in Germany | Crisis Magazine

  “In reality, the problem does not seem to be the money spent on the building (taken mostly from a foundation established in the nineteenth century, which the bishop was free to use under the supervision of a board of … Continue reading

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A statement from the Friars of the Immaculate

With thanks to Frere Rabit for pointing this out: “… all others expressing concern about thesituation with FFI, please read the following statement made four hours ago. The source is Fr. Rosario M. Sammarco, fi, who is in charge of … Continue reading

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More on the FFI

We are grateful to the journalists who forwarded this article to a member of the team behind this blog.  Please read this in the context of this and this. Franciscans of the Immaculate and the crisis within the Church: why … Continue reading

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A Brief Update on the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

Further news on the situation with the FFI’s from the horse’s mouth and another perspective here. It seems that the houses that want to celebrate the Old Mass are already seeking permission to do so; we will have to evaluate … Continue reading

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It all becomes clear….

….so that’s who made Mr Inwood so terribly cross. Ad multos annos, Bishop Egan! St Michael, pray for us!

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Crunch time?

In amongst our comments, JabbaPappa reports: Le Figaro – “Rome and Écône on the verge of reaching an agreement” From major French daily Le Figaro, in an article signed by its main religion correspondent, Jean-Marie Guénois: Rome and Écône on … Continue reading

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The Papal visit last year – costs still to be repaid!

The visit last year of the Holy Father exceeded every-one’s hopes. The protests where insignificant, the crowds everywhere that the Pope visited were welcoming, the goodwill generated with non-catholics was plentiful, and the Vigil at Hyde Park – awe inspiring. … Continue reading

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Court rules that Church is liable for crimes of priests

The High Court in London (Photo: PA) A court has ruled that the Catholic Church can be held legally liable for the crimes of abusive clergy. The ruling by the High Court in London for the first time defined in … Continue reading

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Life holds one tragedy – not to have been a saint

Almost a year ago, I posted under this same heading – in response to those who felt impelled to explain to the Church who could, and who couldn’t be called a saint. In that article, I was addressing those who … Continue reading

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