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Truth, Freedom and Religion

It’s a free country” we used to say, when someone wanted to do something slightly ridiculous. Go ahead, walk around the streets with a placard saying

“The End is Nigh”, eat mustard on your jam sandwiches or join the Mormons and denounce tea-drinking – it’s a free country.

Is it? We can still do some ridiculous things if we like. But increasingly, Christians seem to be treated harshly by public authorities – even criminalised – for upholding in public some aspect of Christian morality, specifically sexual morality.  The idea of a creative tension between freedom of speech and the needs of the community, of a shared desire to serve the common good, is under attack.

Are we free? We need to claim our freedom and make use of it. The Christian voice is needed in Britain. The great St John Paul said that religious freedom is “the basis of all other freedoms and is inseparably tied to them by reason of that very dignity which is the human person” (letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, 1978).

 
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Inspiring the Young to Lifelong Marriage

Inspiring the Young to Lifelong Marriage

Since   2013   the   Diocese   of   Westminster   has   been working   with   the   Explore   educational   charity   to provide a “remote marriage preparation” experience in the diocese’s high schools and parishes.   In December 2014, with the help of a grant from the Celebrating Family Fund from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, a Local Development Officer for the project was appointed.  Four parish youth/Confirmation groups and almost a dozen schools have taken par t in sessions during which more than  1500  young  people  have  had  a  chance  to  dialogue  with  married  couples about what makes their marriage work. The feedback from these “workshops” is over whelmingly positive. One student said: “It gave me a bet ter understanding of how marriage works.” Another said, “ You can overcome any thing in a relationship if you truly love each other and want to try.”

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Is Allah the God of the Bible?

Is Allah the God of the Bible?

The  Second  Vatican  Council’s  declaration on  relations  with  non-Christian  religions (Nostra  aetate)  is  shot  through  with  a  desire to be as positive as it can be about them: this tendenc y was both noted and complemented by Dominus Iesus of 2000 which emphasises the uniqueness and sufficiency of the Revelation in Jesus Christ.

Regarding  Muslims,  Nostra  aetate  tells  us that “they worship God, who is one, living and subsistent, merciful and almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth.” Interestingly, and helpfully, it does not locate the source of such belief in the Qur’an or the Sunnah of the Prophet of Islam. So how have Muslims come by such belief?

 
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The Human Mind, Material Things and Argument

The Human Mind, Material Things and Argument

One of the most interesting areas of modern philosophy is the philosophy of the mind. This is because it brings the philosopher down from his (supposed) ivor y tower and into the thick of the bat tle raging bet ween the theist and the modern atheist. This rests upon the fact that if it is proved that the mind is immaterial, this implies its abilit y to live on af ter death. Now, while this does not directly demonstrate the existence of God, it does open up a whole world beyond the material universe and so it makes the average atheist refreshingly ner vous that his own position is nothing like as secure as he, misguidedly, tends to think it is.

 

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Gravitational Waves

Gravitational Waves

At the Easter Vigil after the first reading from Genesis chapter 1, describing the creation of the universe by God, the prayer that follows says: “Almighty ever-living God, who are wonderful in the ordering of all your works, may those you have redeemed understand that there exists nothing more marvellous than the world’s creation in the beginning except that, at the end of the ages, Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.”

 

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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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