In this New Year issue for 2018 we tackle a topic that is in the front line when the fashionable culture of today’s West meets the timeless truths of the Christian Faith: the new gender ideology, recently strongly denounced by Pope Francis. We take this opportunity to thank the Holy Father for his clear message on this, and we would like more to be done. May we hope our Bishops might take up the issue and give some special clear moral guidance for Catholics in Britain?
The Catholic Church does not favour what is known as gender theory or what flows from it, gender ideology. In 2015 in Rome, the Synod of Bishops on the Family rejected gender ideology (see text of the final Relatio, n. 8). The theory and its ideology also contradict the beautiful Theology of the Body proposed by Saint John Paul II.
A Norfolk meadow and a big Catholic gathering: people are pouring out of a big tent, children are running about, everyone is starting to gather for a Rosary procession. In the centre of things, an elderly man is moving slowly and purposefully on an automated chair-bike. This is New Dawn in the Church, a vast gathering that takes place every year at Walsingham, and the man in the chair-bike is Myles Dempsey, effectively the founder of the event and still keen to be at the heart of things.
The Apostle James the Greater, son of Zebedee, brother of John, deserved the nickname given him by Our Lord. He and John were the Sons of Thunder, Boanerges, (Mk 3:17). They suggested a rather spectacular punishment for an unfriendly Samaritan village (Lk 9:52-56). They (or did they ask mother to do it for them ?) dared to ask Our Lord whether they could sit at his right and left hands when he came into his glory.
In the summer of 2015, my Dad asked me if I wanted to go on the Faith Summer Break. At first I felt obliged to go, like he wanted me to and I had to because he had investigated it. Then I felt a bit daunted, new people… I had just started at my new secondary school, which was hard enough. New people; how would I fit in?