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Communicating the Faith: It’s Urgent

When Catholics get together and get indignant, they don’t always get things right. Statements get exaggerated, truths get mixed up with legend. The internet – which is essentially an endless get-together of innumerable get-togethers, sees all this revealed on a great scale. But well before blogs and com-boxes and tweets, Catholic indignation in the modern era was being voiced in meetings, letter-columns and pubs.

Some Catholic indignation is justified. It took rather a long while to get a decent and accurate translation of the Mass, and anger over this was rooted in a profound understanding that prayer shapes belief. Some of the phrases were not only awkward and ugly ("And also with you") but obviously inaccurate (even someone fairly hopeless at Latin can translate "Et cum spiritu tuo"). And two full generations grew to adulthood being forced to endure absurd and ugly noises masquerading as "folk music" at Mass: anger about this is generally expressed in terms of "horrible kum-by-ya Masses", even though that particular horror slithered away during the 90s except among a few ageing diehard crooners.

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Tug of War: Sex, Pronouns, Forenames and Gender

Jane spotted Andrew walking towards her and realised they had not seen each other since the good news. Her bump gave it away. "Congratulations! Do you know which sex it is?" he said. "James and I are expecting a boy," replied Jane. "That’s wonderful! What are you going to call him?"

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The Human Person – A History

The question of the identity and dignity of the human being is a primordial question, one basic and axiomatic. It not only affects each of us individually, but also all human individuals at all times and in all places. It is a question metaphysically significant, as well as one with great practical import. It is a question we simply must ask, and the answer we discover will determine the course of our lives.

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Endeavouring to do Right

Endeavour Forum is an Australian Christian, pro-life, pro-family Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) which has special consultative status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations, and links with similar organisations overseas.

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On This Rock….

Vatican I could be said to have reinforced the power of the papacy. Vatican II in its turn enhanced the position of bishops. It declared that their pre-eminence over the clergy was not simply a question of jurisdiction, by which they obtained a diocese, but a matter of their consecration, by which they became successors to the college of the apostles.

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In Defence of Frequent Communion

In Defence of Frequent Communion
Check out the this Editorial addressing the issue of the reception of Holy Communion and the value of regularly receiving the body and blood of the Lord for the sanctification of the faithful. ...
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Civil Law and the Homosexual Person

Civil Law and the Homosexual Person
Mark Lowery FAITH Magazine July-August 2002“You Can’t Legislate Morality?”Why can’t you just let us do what we want to do?” “How does this harm you?” “Don’t impose your morality on us!” “If you don’t like this,...
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Three excellent resources & two caveats

Three excellent resources & two caveats
Fr Barron’s “Catholicism”:  catholicism.wordonfire.org/Portsmouth Diocese's new Confirmation programme:  www.transformedinchrist.com/session1/Westminster Diocese’s brand new singing and dancing youth page, where the CTS has provided the “Catholicism&rdq...
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