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September 24, 2015
Wilfrid Napier
Don’t try to pigeonhole the synod fathers You won’t be able to understand what happens at next month’s gathering if you insist on labelling everyone either a liberal or conservative Preparing for next month’s synod has been a most challenging experience given the existing demands on my time and attention of the everyday duties and
September 24, 2015
Fr Mark Drew
Why Rome is looking East By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians Until quite recently, to most of us, the word “synod” probably meant the governing body of the Church of England. Catholics spoke of the councils, worldwide (“ecumenical”) or local, which
September 24, 2015
Catholic Herald View
The Instrumentum Laboris, or working paper, for next month’s synod has all the hallmarks of the product of a committee. It is also tiresomely moralistic in tone. Apart from an occasional nod in the direction of Africa and Asia, the text mostly reflects the cultural and social situation of the Church in the Western world.
September 24, 2015
Catholic Herald View
Vatican reporters need a rat-like cunning If you want to join the ‘Vat Pack’ you must endure long periods of news starvation but be ready to pounce when a world-shaking story breaks We were in the Sistine Chapel for a preview of new systems to protect the world’s most famous ceiling. I and others, including
September 24, 2015
Harry Mount
Lutyens’s pick ’n’ mix Church architecture in the early 20th century threw away the rulebook and drew from a mishmash of sources St Jude’s, Hampstead Garden Suburb And so, after 1,000 years, we come to the end of our whistlestop guide to British churches. Funnily enough, St Jude’s, Hampstead Garden Suburb – built by the
September 24, 2015
Mary Kenny
It is a source of great fascination to me that almost every value that was commonly upheld in my youth has been overturned – and many values once deplored are now upheld. (David Frost was considered an absolute shocker for mentioning the word “contraception” in a television broadcast in the 1960s, as a new biography