The Church was running schools across Britain long before there was any State involvement. There were Catholic schools even in the years when the Church was cruelly persecuted in Britain. In more recent times, Catholics ran schools from the early 19th century onwards, with some public funding from the 1850s
The Last Supper took place the night before Jesus died on the cross. It was His last message to His disciples and to us. Two questions should be asked – What is the importance of the Eucharist in the plan of Christ? A further question arises - is there a cosmic significance to the Eucharist?
In one of the notes he wrote to the memoir prepared by his mother Agnes, Fr Holloway tells the story being stopped from doing a doctorate by his tutor at seminary. The latter informed Bishop Amigo that although his pupil’s ‘heart was entirely in the right place… he was not so sure of my head.’
Students from across Britain joined a large group from across the USA at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, this summer for The Commission, an event organised by FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.
“The aim is to accompany young people in their journey of faith – and for that, we need spirit-filled evangelists, who are really in love with God” said Curtis Martin, founder of the movement, which began in America and is now in its 20th year.
Doctrine and personal appeal — sheer radiant power to attract men and women and to hold them in love — this was one thing and one force in Jesus Christ. The person we call The Word was made flesh and spoke an intelligible and humanly expressed word of truth and of way of life. We call it his ‘doctrine’.
Discussion of animals in a theological context, when it does arise, has tended to be limited to moral questions: Can we experiment on animals, and if so, for what purpose? Do we have a duty to make sure farmed animals are reared in comfort? Is recreational hunting to be condemned? Theological talk about animals typically drifts into the realm of dogmatic theology only in the question of the survival of animals after death.
Alister McGrath has written a fascinating hymn to the human transcendence of the empirically verifiable. He offers an attractive witness to his own Christian faith but argues that in the final analysis it is not experimentally or rationally “provable”. But nor is the dogmatic New Atheist rejection of them. There must be something that grounds rational “map making” of what we observe, experimentally or otherwise.
The book under review is an immensely learned and scrupulously fair account of an historic debate. The Latin tradition claimed with increasing emphasis, not to say stridency, that, presiding over the pastoral and prophetic ministry of the Church’s bishops, is an ‘office of Peter’ which is vested for all time in the bishops of Rome.
“Sophia Institute is a non-profit institution that seeks to nurture the spiritual, moral, and cultural life of souls and to spread the Gospel of Christ in conformity with the authentic teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”
Kathleen Beckman’s book certainly fulfils this aim.