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  1. London Evening of Faith Success!

    The first of our Evenings of Faith kicked off this week on Tuesday evening with a talk on Original Sin by Mary Gray. The event was well attended by University students and workers in the city of London gathering to listen, ask questions and interact with one another over a glass of wine and pizza. The next talk will be on Tuesday 7th October addressing the topic of The Old Testament: Preparation for a Saviour by Fr Ian Vane. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to come along and bring a friend. For more information see the flyer on the Evenings of Faith webpage.

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  2. FAQ: If something good happens after someone prays, and the same thing happens to one who doesn't pray for it - how can you prove that the prayer was answered?

    FAQ: If something good happens after someone prays, and the same thing happens to one who doesn't pray for it - how can you prove that the prayer was answered?
    God is free to bestow gifts on people even if they don’t ask for them! Does a parent only provide good things for their children if they specifically ask? Moreover, God, who alone sees all things and what is necessary, treats us as the unique individuals He created us to be; not a ‘on...
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  3. ARCHIVE: A Time for Listening to the Ordinary Magisterium

    ARCHIVE: A Time for Listening to the Ordinary Magisterium
    Editorial FAITH Magazine July-August 2003The Swiss priest Hans Kung ranks among the most famous theologians of our times, and it is interesting to note that Prime Minister Tony Blair has met with him on a number of occasions and says he has been influenced by his thought. However it should b...
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  4. Glasgow Faith Forum gears up for Spring Session

    Glasgow Faith Forum gears up for Spring Session
      GLASGOW FAITH FORUM 2016a series of talks for young people aged 16–25 HERALDS OF THE NEW EVANGELISATION    THE BAPTISMAL CALL TO EVANGELISE 21 JanuaryPriest, prophet and king Father Peter Damian Grint   EVANGELISATION THEN 4 February Procl...
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  5. Why was the Crucifixion necessary? Could not God have saved us in a way less cruel?

    Why was the Crucifixion necessary? Could not God have saved us in a way less cruel?
    God is not responsible for the brutality of the crucifixion. On the contrary, the crucifixion is the result of human sinfulness. This is because human wickedness has real consequences, and therefore our redemption (i.e. how God saves us from our sins) is not just about God “turning a blind ...
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  6. ARCHIVE: A Short History of Science & Christianity

    ARCHIVE: A Short History of Science & Christianity
    Peter E Hodgson FAITH Magazine November-December 2008It is becoming increasingly recognised, at least within the Church, that science has developed only in the context of a Christian civilisation, and has deep Christian roots.If we consider the great civilisations of the past such as those o...
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  • Speaking the truth in love

    The topic of sexual abuse has dominated Catholic discussions over the past months and weeks.  There are many aspects to this sordid subject. One thing has remained obvious, just as it has been obvious for the past few decades : we need clear moral teaching and leadership. The Church does not have to struggle to discover what is right and what is wrong when it comes to sexual ethics. She has a clear and profound doctrine on the nature and purpose of human sexuality.

    Moral guidance

    But if there is promotion of the idea that there is no objective morality, that there is no such thing as mortal sin, that salvation is guaranteed regardless of any need for contrition and amendment of life, then it becomes easy to give into temptation, to slip into sin, and even to justify a double life in which, for example, an active homosexual lifestyle is lived alongside priesthood.  Without clear moral guidance it is tempting for weak, confused and disorientated souls to be trapped into a belief that the Church’s teaching is “outdated” or impossible to live. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear:

    2360 Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.

    2361 “Sexuality, by means of which man and woman give themselves to one another through the acts which are proper and exclusive to spouses, is not something simply biological, but concerns the innermost being of the human person as such. It is realized in a truly human way only if it is an integral part of the love by which a man and woman commit themselves totally to one another until death.”

    The Catechism lists the sins against chastity, and in listing rape among these, emphasises that there is a particular gravity where the rape of children has occurred by those entrusted to their care. Over recent decades there has been an apparent reluctance to enunciate the teaching clearly on the part of those in positions of authority in the Church. Too many bishops have been shy of stating clearly the fullness of the Church’s message. There has been ambiguity in material provided for Catholic schools, and in speakers at some Catholic events.

    Homosexuality

    On homosexuality the Catechism has this to say:

    2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

    2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

    2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

    Pope Francis

    Pope Francis has recently noted the importance of this with respect to the training and formation of priests: “We have to urge homosexual priests, and men and women religious to live celibacy with integrity, and above all, that they be impeccably responsible, trying to never scandalize either their communities or the faithful holy people of God by living a double life. It’s better for them to leave the ministry or the consecrated life rather than to live a double life.”  We must teach that the Church’s sexual and moral teaching is an invitation to life and to joy. We should teach it whole heartedly - and we must insist that those, like Fr. James Martin, who clearly do not believe in the teaching of the Church, must make up their minds and choose.

    Unity

    We need doctrinal and moral unity in the Church and a challenge from the highest authority that priests and people, whatever their temptations and sins, must accept the teaching of the Church and at least try to live up to it or have the decency to leave.  It is time for truth and courage. It is time to speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15).