A Church without Priests?

This is the text of the Lecture given at Holy name by Werner G Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall, Oxford on 26 October 2017 © Werner G Jeanrond, St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford A CHURCH WITHOUT PRIESTS? THE NEED FOR NEW FORMS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH  Lecture manuscript for personal use … [Read more…]

Women’s Reproductive Rights and the Church

By Sen. Tim Kaine in the the National Catholic Reporter (USA), 15 December 2017: In November, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, was elected chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. During my time as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Archbishop Naumann wrote an article in his archdiocesan newspaper criticizing … [Read more…]

Homily, Second Advent (B)

Second Advent (B) You may be familiar with the nursery rhyme: Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick. This rhyme is first recorded here in the UK around 1815.  Jumping over candlesticks, it would seem, was a form of fortune telling and a sport. Good luck would be yours, it was said, … [Read more…]

The 10 Building Blocks of Catholic Social Teaching

From William J Byron in ‘America’, 31 October 2017: Principles, once internalized, lead to something. They prompt activity, impel motion, direct choices. A principled person always has a place to stand, knows where he or she is coming from and likely to end up. Principles always lead the person who possesses them somewhere, for some … [Read more…]

Homily, First Sunday of Advent (B)

This month – December – is the eleventh and last month of the calendar year. It’s the ninth month of the financial year, which began in April. It’s also the fourth month of the academic year, which began in September. And now it’s the beginning of the Church’s Liturgical Year. So our Church’s Calendar – … [Read more…]

Homily, Christ the King (A) 2017

In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me. (Matthew 25:40) Once upon a time, an old man used to go walking on the beach early every morning. One morning he was walking along the shore after a huge overnight … [Read more…]

Homily 33rd Sunday (A)

A report by Credit Suisse, a leading global financial services company with its headquarters in Zurich, estimated in 2013 that half of the world’s wealth belongs to the top 1% of its population the top 10% of adults holds 85%, while the bottom 90% hold the remaining 15% of the world’s total wealth, the top … [Read more…]