Author Archives: Quentin

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Marriage Realities

What do you know about marriage? How much do you know about marriage? I put that question to all those who think about getting married or are married or who need to know about marriage (for example, clerics hearing Confessions)Of … Continue reading

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Church of England v. Church of Rome

My message today is brief because I’ve cheated. I want to refer you to a splendid, brief, description of the pillaging and plundering of the English monasteries. (https://www.crisismagazine.com/2022/the-pillaging-and-plundering-of-the-english-monasteries)Of course we all have the general story but perhaps you will find … Continue reading

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Who needs our help?

The newspapers, the radio and the television continue to give us detailed cover of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine. So we know it in detail. But what do we learn? Indirectly, we are able to look at our own … Continue reading

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Is the Church simply wrong?

A big advantage for ‘born’ Catholics like me is that the Church is very clear on its statements of doctrine and morality. Yet I find today that it is not invariably helpful. I read that a priest in the US … Continue reading

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Who is right about abortion?

What is a human being? What are its capacities that make it so? This of course has a potential implication in the matter of abortion. Nowadays in different countries, or in the US States, different views apply. Some take the … Continue reading

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What poetry?

I have spent some time recently thinking about the nature and effects of poetry — as compared with normal prose. I had a sense that I had written something about it. Then I remembered: I had discussed this with you … Continue reading

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The Science of Meditation

Yes, I’m cheating. I am looking back over 10 years to my practical description of meditation. But I have found it valuable to remind myself of what I said at that time. And certainly we had some excellent and practical … Continue reading

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Yes, the Jesuits again

It’s Christmas — so lets have a bit of leisure. This week I am repeating a poem I wrote in 2013 when the Jesuits left the parish after many years. It was a sad occasion — although I have an … Continue reading

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Mother murderers?

The last execution in the UK took place in August 1964. The following year, Parliament passed a law suspending the death penalty across Great Britain (this did not extend to Northern Ireland) for all crimes except high treason, “piracy with … Continue reading

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Pinchmetight

“Adam and Eve and Pinchmetight went down to the river to bathe. Adam and Eve were drowned, who do you think was saved?” We all know the rhyme, but I was interested in the treatment of Adam and Eve in … Continue reading

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