Category Archives: Advocatus Diaboli

The obedient Church

In looking at what changes might be needed in the culture of the Church in order to avoid the scandal examined in the Australian Royal Commission we come back to a subject which we have addressed before on these pages: … Continue reading

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Ghetto schools

From Advocatus Diaboli, with Quentin’s permission My dear Friends At last, I think, I have found a cause which we can all share. Many Catholic friends (yes I have some) have told me about the importance they place on two … Continue reading

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Talking to the tooth fairy

It’s that man again! I tried saying: Get thee behind me, Satan. But he took no notice. We’ll just have to face up to Advocatus Diaboli again. Hello, folks! I seem to have spent some time in the past laying … Continue reading

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Them’s fighting words

Our old friend Advocatus Diaboli has been grumbling away, but I have managed to persuade him to keep quiet. I can’t do that forever, and it would be cowardly of us not to face up to his points. So I … Continue reading

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How should we think about sex? – 2

Two weeks ago I speculated on some attitudes towards sexuality within the Church. And excellent and helpful comments ensued. But I was aware that I was confining myself to a relatively straightforward aspect: our recognition – with or without the … Continue reading

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How should we think about sex?

Whether we agree or disagree with Advocatus Diaboli’s critique of the Church’s approach to sex, he has certainly given us something to think about. And I have been thinking. I do so speculatively – so I hope you will be … Continue reading

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Sex on the brain

Our old, if critical, friend, Advocatus Diaboli, has had some spare time between Christmas and the New Year. And if the Devil makes work for idle hands, we can expect his advocate take advantage of the opportunity. I have now … Continue reading

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