Monthly Archives: October 2008

Do we understand the Pope?

In a recent allocution the Pope addressed some questions concerning Humanae Vitae. I have selected a few key points (see full text). “And it is here that knowledge of the natural rhythms of the woman’s fertility becomes important for the … Continue reading

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Telling right from wrong – 1

What is the difference between right and wrong? Our society is generally agreed that there is a difference, and that it is very important. But from that point onwards controversy begins. There are three main ways of discerning this difference: … Continue reading

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What do we make of Singer?

This dialogue was originally written with the intention that all CH readers, with or without computers, could give their feedback. So your reactions to Professor Singer’s views on this blog are particularly needed. They will provide me with ammunition to … Continue reading

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The Passion we share

When St Paul speaks of filling up “those things that are wanting in the sufferings of Christ” he is saying that our own sufferings, patiently dedicated, become part of the Passion itself. I attended a Mass which was being offered … Continue reading

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Human beings from conception

As we approach the final stages of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, and inevitably find ourselves in conversation with friends who oppose our views, we should prepare ourselves by looking at some of the issues which could be raised. … Continue reading

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de la Bédoyère’s Maxims No 11

1 Words are like carpenter’s tools. Keep them sharp and use them precisely. 2 Words are like carpenter’s tools. You do not need many of them, but you must have enough to suit them to the job in hand. 3 … Continue reading

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