Monthly Archives: January 2012

Remodelling salvation history

No one can read Fr Jack Mahoney SJ’s remodelled scenario of salvation history without the respect owed to a learned and distinguished theologian. Nevertheless, I regret the premature publication of his Gresham lecture which was given in December. A theme … Continue reading

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Justice and memory

Those of you who have watched Michael Sandell, celebrated for his on-line Harvard course on Justice, will know that he likes to work by describing  difficult, and sometimes extreme, situations. And then he follows this up by questions which enable … Continue reading

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Multiplying the Universe

The Big Bang theory was first described, but not so named, by the French Jesuit Georges Lemaître in the late 1920s. His picture of the universe expanding from a single point was certainly controversial but has now become scientific orthodoxy. … Continue reading

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Have another look

You might now want to look again at the Apostolate of the Blog, which has its own page on this site. I suggest this because the excellence of the continuing discussion on abortion reminds me of how many of our … Continue reading

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Foetal reduction

A new phrase has entered our Orwellian vocabulary: foetal reduction. What this means is that a mother who, following artificial reproduction, discovers that, rather than having the three babies who are growing in her womb, she would like to cull … Continue reading

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2011. If it were a … Continue reading

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