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Archbishop welcomes athletes to London 2012 Olympics

By on Friday, 27 July 2012

Olympic Stadium

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of of Westminster has welcomed athletes and officials to the 2012 Games in London. In a statement today the Archbishop said: “We believe every human being to be ultimately a pilgrim in search of truth, goodness and the fulfillment of potential. When this pilgrimage is lived out authentically, it opens the path to dialogue with the other, excluding no one while committing everyone to building a fraternity of peace.

“Our hope, therefore, is that all people of faith, and those of none, would pursue initiatives for peace and reconciliation in the spirit of the Ancient Games.

“We, as Christian leaders of London, joining with our neighbours and partners from many different faiths across the city, welcome to our great city the athletes and officials of the 30th Summer Olympic Games from across the globe. May this be a time of new, and renewed, friendships where deeper peace and understanding is forged between us all as a common humanity.”

The games began with an opening ceremony this evening, with the Church being actively involved with many aspects of the Games.

  • awkwardcustomer

    ‘We believe every human being to be ultimately a pilgrim in search of truth, goodness and the fulfillment of potential.’
    Is the Archbishop saying that Catholics are ‘in search of truth’?  That they haven’t found it yet?  That Catholicism isn’t the truth? And does the Archbishop really believe that all human beings have such good intentions?  Does he follow the news?  

  • Charles Martel

    Yeah, we’re all search of the truth, so we’re all lovely….except those that think they’ve found the truth, ‘cos they’re, ya know, mean, bad LEFEBVRALISTS

  • Tridentinus

    “Our hope, therefore, is that all people of faith, and those of none,
    would pursue initiatives for peace and reconciliation in the spirit of
    the Ancient Games.” Said the Archbishop..

    How many times since the sixties have we heard this expression, “all people of faith, and those of none”? What exactly does this hackneyed phrase mean?

    All people of faith (small letter f) must mean all people who believe in something; Christian, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant; Jew and Muslim; Buddhist, Hindu, etc, in fact all those who gather in ‘Assisi every now and then’.

    All people of faith and no faith at all encompasses virtually the whole human race.

    “We believe every human being to be ultimately a pilgrim in search of
    truth, goodness and the fulfilment of potential. ” Said the Archbishop.

    Whilst it is obvious that the vast majority of the human race both ‘of faith and of no faith’ could never in a million years be described as “…. pilgrims in search of
    truth, goodness and the fulfillment of potential,” the banality of the subsequent sentence beggars belief.
    “When this pilgrimage is lived out authentically, it opens the path to
    dialogue with the other (?), excluding no one while committing everyone to
    building a fraternity of peace.” Said the Archbishop.

    So it would seem that religion doesn’t really matter at all. To be ‘of faith’ or’ of no faith at all’, is immaterial and there is in reality no evil in the world, all of us are on a leg [and some legs are more horrendous than others but your progeny will eventually benefit from your sacrifice, although, alas, you won't] of a journey towards Utopia, much like the citizens of the USSR were conned into believing in the ‘workers paradise’. The Archbishop did not say.

    The Archbishop’s message to English Catholics is crystal clear; no matter what you do, no matter what you believe in or choose not to believe in even if you deny the existence of God Himself you are saved. Hell and Purgatory are ‘old hat’ (pre-Vatican II).

  • Kevin

    To be honest, it seems as if Nichols would rather leave Westminster Cathedral and found a new Lyceum.

  • Bob Hayes

    When it comes to platitudes the Olympics always provides fertile ground. How about this innocuous piece?

    Sporting and chivalrous competition awakens
    the best human qualities. It does not sever, but
    on the contrary, unites the opponents in mutual
    understanding and reciprocal respect. It also
    helps to strengthen the bonds of peace between
    the nations. May the Olympic Flame therefore
    never be extinguished.

    The author?  http://www.la84foundation.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1936/1936v1sum.pdf

    Adolf Hitler, 1936.

  • Michael Moran

    You can make do with out Jesus on Earth but you can’t do with out him in Death but if Catholics are the only ones saved I don’t want to be because eternity would be awful because there are just to many nice people who are non believers but there is nothing from stopping people from worshipping Jesus on their own, it said so in the Gospels that the Catholic Church has banned.

  • Agent Provocateur21

    Seems like the homily delivered during the Mass was a masterpiece – of banality!

  • Lee St Aloysius

    The master of obfusication strokes again . The message is so nebulous, pluralistic and devoid of Our Lord, that there is no point in even taking in anything said. One will get more sense out of a rubber duck floating on water than listening to this claptrap.

  • Patrickhowes

    He should worry about his own Church first before he gazes at a wider audience!Charity begins at home and he would do well to follow the Pope´s example of getting out and about!

  • Vconnolly11

    Whilst the Nations have their Eyes on the Olympics let us all, Church Leaders, and laity, use this opportunity to speak out against the great holocaust of our day— abortion. There will be no peace until abortion ends.