Category Archives: Church and Society

The future is already on its way

I have, on occasion, noted in my Secondsight column in the Catholic Herald that decreases in our birthrate promise problems in the future. Last week there was a strongly written article by Dennis Sewell. If you get a chance to … Continue reading

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Perhaps the saddest post…

My post today is very short. And when you read it I think you will be sad too. It’s at https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/exclusive-survivor-explains-decision-leave-vaticans-abuse-commission I am sending it today because it may well appear in the Catholic newspapers, and I think we need … Continue reading

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The truth is not in us

There will be few readers who have not heard the story of the Jesuit and the Benedictine who agreed to ask their superiors if they could smoke while praying their Office. The Benedictine asked if he could smoke while he … Continue reading

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Don’t say ‘niggardly’

I was surprised last week to hear the word ‘nigger’ more than once on Radio 4. It was used in an historical context, and so was understandable, but usually people go to some lengths to use substitute terms like ‘n-word’ … Continue reading

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Authority in action

Subsidiarity is a very dull word. Which is a pity, because it describes a very important idea. It is in fact the approach of authority or leadership most like the one which Christ taught us. In simple terms it means … Continue reading

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On the contrary

Today I am going to cheat. Regular bloggers will have realised that I believe our best way to truth is through debate – and sometimes through argument. And in the last few days I have been reading two strongly opposed … Continue reading

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Abortion 2016

The Abortion Act 1967 was frankly a disaster. The most emotionally effective argument in its favour was the prevention of illegal abortions (the number of which was grossly overstated at the time). The exceptions allowed by the Act – the … Continue reading

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