ARCIC has always been a reductionist body, part of a subversive movement whose indifferentism has caused huge damage to the faith of Catholics in the pew
Now the Church of England has decided on women bishops, ARCIC III is futile. As the CDF says, it is the Ordinariate now which is “ecumenism in the front row”
Fr Blake says that in order to maintain the unity of the Church loyalty to the pope is now best expressed through silence. I fear he may be right
We are in such an atmosphere of uncertainty that even Jane Fonda can love the pope because she thinks he hates dogma: something has to give
The impoverishment of the Church’s liturgical culture is a major problem for the remarried. If they can’t receive Communion, what is left for them to be part of?
When everyone else automatically, even unthinkingly, receives Holy Communion, those who can’t feel isolated from the community of the Church
The Holy Father, say those close to him, is wearing himself out. He should slow down, beginning with at least three weeks off at Castel Gandolfo
He has set essential reforms under way. Cardinal Pell and the other reformers need time to complete their work. What we don’t need is another conclave
The Pope opines that war is how the great world economies ‘keep their balance sheets in the black’. I repeat: shouldn’t he be more careful with what he says?
Much of what he says in his public statements appears not entirely intellectually well thought through; at times it is even totally incoherent
Are the Holy Father’s informal and often confusing methods of communication undermining the teaching authority of his office? Is a period of papal reserve now overdue?
Pope Francis is popular with the secular media because they think he’s about to abandon the disciplines of the Church; and they have built him up by denigrating Benedict XVI
Now we know why Dawkins refused to sign that letter from atheists condemning Cameron’s ‘we are a Christian country’: could he be on the way to belief?
Belief in the theory of evolution is no reason for atheism as Dawkins supposes: Darwin himself insisted that the had never been an atheist
Was Protect the Pope really divisive? Or was it rather those whom Deacon Nick believed were undermining the teachings of the Church?
Protect the Pope was always feisty, either in defence of the Church against secularist attack, or against enemies of Catholic truth and discipline within the Church
Why Rowan Williams is much more comfortable as an academic than he was as an archbishop; and why he should never have gone to Canterbury in the first place
If we really have to have an established Church, its head needs to take the defence of basic Christianity quite seriously
Why, in today’s paper, I wrote that it was Pope John Paul who made it possible for me (with many others) at last to be received into the Church
He re-established the simple but immense fact of the Church’s authority to declare the objective truth of Catholic doctrine