- Written by David Harold-Barry
Ludwig Wittgenstein spent several months in Ireland in 1948 as ‘he was in the habit of retreating to cold and desolate parts of Europe’ where he could think more clearly. Perhaps I was drawn to the same island for similar reasons and also because it is the land of my origins and I felt it would be a fertile place for a dose of aggiornamento of my own. I wanted too to discover what had happened to the church in which I grew. While the situation in Ireland is specific it has a profound relevance to the whole church. What is happening there and in all the ‘old’ churches will happen in one way or another in the ‘young’ ones.
- Written by Val Farrell
Did you get what you were hoping for this Christmas ? Or are you long past the stage of wanting anything in particular, just happy if you are remembered in some way, especially by those you yourself could never forget.
These quiet days after Christmas are ideal for remembering how you were indeed remembered and basking a bit in the love expressed in that remembering. The Church seems to think that way too by asking us to bask in the wonder of the EPIPHANY, a feast that brings it all home to us.
- Written by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
A fiery appeal for church reform by an influential Swiss abbot has attracted widespread attention throughout Europe, and has, moreover, been welcomed by the future president of the Swiss bishops’ conference.
- Written by Val Farrell
The title of this piece surely rings a bell with all readers of this blog. They are the words of one of my predecessors though he knew nothing of blogs or the Internet. A predecessor of mine? Yes, and of yours too. His name of course, is Paul of Tarsus and we do well to look on him not only as a role model or example, but as a predecessor of ours.
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Roman Missal 1998 (Approved Not Recognised)
The central theme running through all five chapters is the way the image of God shown in and through the person of Jesus Christ has become distorted in the main-stream Churches, resulting in many of the practices and doctrines of worship, priesthood and authority not being ‘honest to God’.
It explores the biblical understanding of worship, particularly with reference to Jesus’ teaching about worship in ‘spirit and truth’, and compares this with the language, terminology and doctrines used in the Churches today which contain neo-pagan expressions of appeasement and obeisance.
The subject of ‘altar sacrifice’ is explored in the context of the rise of a cultic priesthood, the members of which became mediators of God’s ‘grace’. How did such a situation arise in contrast to the teaching of Jesus about himself being the only mediator for our access to God, and about his Father wanting mercy and not sacrifice?
What kind of ‘authority’ did Jesus give and teach to his disciples and apostles? Was it the kind which we now experience in the main-stream Churches, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church, as one in which office-holders rule and govern or was it one in which leaders are to guide, teach, care for and feed the People of God?
Is the Christian Church, particularly in its Roman Catholic form, ‘fit for purpose’? Are there radical changes needed for that purpose to be realised? Are its forms and structures for ministering to the People of God suitable for that purpose? Is it really being ‘honest to God’?
A Catholic Christian for nearly 60 years, as husband, father, grandfather, theologian, Brian Pointer poses radical questions and some answers about the Church.
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