A comment on this report from a member:

You have obviously spent a lot of time writing this and its been done very professionally so congratulations for that. The report does not present a happy picture of the present situation and many challenging points were highlighted however if there were 2 points that shout out loud to me from this report its the damaging issue of clericalism and being a more outward looking church reaching out in service to a presently "disengaged" community. 

Downoad the full Report here: Church survey collated results Easter 2021 - ACTA Portsmouth

Hans Küng

Catholic priest and theologian Hans Küng, the renowned scholar and prolific writer who had lived with Parkinson's disease, macular degeneration and arthritis since 2013, died April 6 at his home in Tubingen, Germany. He was 93.

Few men throughout Christendom have had as much to say or had their work seen by as many Christians — and others — as Küng, the celebrated and controversial Swiss theologian and Catholic priest.  Read More...

The Stations of the Cross from St. James Cathedral, Seattle on Vimeo.

The Seattle iconographer Joan Brand-Landkamer has captured in these painted, drift wood Stations the passion of Christ. The Stations of the Cross come from the St James Cathedral website with the text written by Paul Claudel, read by the cathedral pastor Fr Michael Ryan. 

Download: MARCH 19 A Passover Journey

For the Good of the Church

The Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham, warmly invite you to the online launch of Gabrielle Thomas’s new book For the Good of the Church: Unity, Theology, and Women, taking place at 5.30pm GMT (12.30pm EST) on Monday 8 March (International Women’s Day 2021). Author Gabrielle Thomas (now Lecturer at Yale Divinity School; former post-doctoral researcher here at the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University) will be joined by:

  • Paula Gooder (Writer and Lecturer on Biblical Studies and Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, London)
  • Tine Beattie (Professor Emerita of Catholic Studies and Director of Catherine of Siena College at the University of Roehampton, London)
  • Paul D. Murray (Durham University)

The book

What do we need to learn and receive from the other to help us address challenges or wounds in our own tradition? That is the key question asked in what has come to be known as 'receptive ecumenism'. And nowhere is this question more pressing and pertinent than in women's experiences within the church.

Based on a qualitative study conducted here at the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University, in partnership with the National Board of Catholic Women, the book reveals how radically different theological and ecclesiological perspectives can be a space for learning and receiving gifts for the well-being of the whole church.


We do hope you will join us to hear about the book, meet new people, and help us celebrate the launch! To participate/attend, you will need Zoom details—to receive them please register at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com

A poster for the event, which includes a discount code for the book, is attached Gabrielle Thomas book launch poster – please feel free to share this email and the poster with your networks as you wish.

With best wishes,


Jane Lidstone

Administrative Assistant

Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies

Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RS United Kingdom




Wednesday 3rd March 2021


Following on from our successful autumn Conference series: “The Post Pandemic Church- Business as Usual?” ACTA is pleased to advise that an evening presentation has been arranged for Wednesday 3rd March 2021.


Fr Augusto Zampini-Davies, Adjunct Secretary to the Covid 19 Commission will give an update on the work of this Commission. During the evening we will be joined by our speakers from the autumn series as they take part in a Panel Discussion.

Registration is essential. Please click here to go to the Registration page.