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November 13, 2020
'I do not understand how anyone can do this'
October 15, 2020
Where would you go? As it’s not an easy time to go abroad at the moment, I’d like to go somewhere in Wales. I’ve never been there but I want to after recently watching Coast, the TV show. It looks so beautiful, you can’t believe it. I flew over Wales once on the way to
October 09, 2020
A Glastonbury prophecy Congratulations to Charles Coulombe on his fine article on Glastonbury, and especially for his update on recent developments such as the new Benedictine community. My first book, King Arthur’s Avalon, concluded with a quote from Austin Ringwode, the last surviving monk of Glastonbury Abbey: “The Abbey will one day be restored and
September 11, 2020
Communion and Covid-19 With regard to the question of Communion reception, government regulations merely suggest Communion in the hand; they do not mandate it. Section 2 of the official guidance defines the difference between should and must. Must: “Where the guidance states that an activity must take place this is because it is a requirement
August 21, 2020
You’re planning a pilgrimage route. What’s on your itinerary? I would love to start at Durham Cathedral and to finish up on Lindisfarne. It’s the reverse pilgrimage of St Cuthbert, who started off on the Holy Island and is buried in Durham Cathedral. Durham is one of my favourite cathedrals: I like its very powerful
July 17, 2020
Britons were perhaps surprisingly under-represented in the crowd that thronged St Peter’s Square for the canonisation of St John Henry Newman last October. Yet among the sea of Brazilian and Indian flags that occupied the foremost section of the congregation a solitary St George’s Cross stood out as it waved and fluttered from an extendable
July 17, 2020
The curious travels of Marian shrines We are truly privileged to have so many and such evocative shrines to Our Lady in our country. The Reformation wrought havoc on Marian devotion, so that ancient statues such as Our Lady of Ipswich could end up at an Italian coastal resort (John Whitehead, Catholic Herald, June). May
June 29, 2020
Priests across the country have received guidance from the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference on the resumption of public Masses. The guidelines have already generated much discussion, particularly on controversial matters such as Communion in the hand and congregational singing, but the Catholic Herald understands that it is up to local bishops how to
June 26, 2020
The prominent Black Lives Matter activist, Shaun King, this week argued that depictions of a “white Jesus” should be taken down because they are a “gross form of white supremacy.” “I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” the 40-year-old tweeted, adding that the call extended to
June 23, 2020
Mgr Antony Conlon, who has died at the age of 72, was a man of infectious fun and profound friendship, who had a wonderful ability to bring his friends together. His quality of openness, while sometimes misunderstood by those who seek clerical detachment in their priests, was an essential part of his priesthood. His educated
June 22, 2020
Waving goodbye to the handshake We need to think about the handshake, not only at times of pandemic. There are other Signs of Peace which, I am told, are in common use during Mass elsewhere. People should consider using one of these alternatives. One of my family has poor immunity. Twice he was hospitalised when
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