When the FAITH Movement was founded in 1972, it was seen by many as essentially reactionary – reacting to the often confused situation in the Church in those years immediately following the Second Vatican Council. We were often linked in people’s minds with other groups that seemed to be primarily concerned with “getting things back to the way things were”, to a rejection of the teachings of the Council and/or to the liturgical reforms which followed it.
Any discussion on Westminster Cathedral often focuses on the wonders of the individual mosaics that are spread over the vaulted ceilings of its little chapels; shortly after which follows the reverie on what panoply of colour shall cover the massive domes and arches over the central nave of the church.
“The tears of one child, one innocent child... that is bigger than all the universe together. Everything to me is questioned by the tear of suffering in an innocent child.” These are the words of Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, from his interview for the film The Human Experience.
The International Theological Institute is set in delightful surroundings at Trumau, near Vienna. It was founded in response to a call from St John Paul II to tackle two specific issues: the crisis in marriage and the family, and the need to bring the traditions of Western and Eastern Christianity in Europe together following the collapse of Communism.