Monthly Archives: December 2014

The best of intentions

How often do you examine your conscience? I was taught to do so every day as a constituent of my night prayers. So there I was in the dormitory at school thinking of all my sins. And there was good … Continue reading

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What is a granny for?

The family had a large and boisterous Christmas lunch this year. Afterwards siblings, cousins and forebears sat around and chatted. A little group of fine young people found themselves discussing abortion. They did not approve but there were suggestions of … Continue reading

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Christmas past

The end of Christmas. In the continuity of life we come across occasions which mark more radical changes. This will be the first year in six decades when my wife and I do not celebrate the family Christmas in our … Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Herald columns | 34 Comments

Synod matters

The ‘ordinary’ synod on “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World” will start on 4th October, 2015. Bishops are currently being circulated with a summary of the 2014 synod, together with some 46 questions … Continue reading

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The death of debate

I reproduce here, with permission, the main leader from the last edition of the Catholic Herald. It raises some important points for discussion. David Cameron has recently described British values as: “a belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal … Continue reading

Posted in Bio-ethics, Catholic Herald, Church and Society, Moral judgment, Quentin queries | 59 Comments