October 2000
 

CONTENTS

October 2000

Hierarchy and collegiality
The Editor

Adrian Hastings

What was the Church's agenda at the time of the restoration? Adrian Hastings, Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Leeds and author of History of English Catholicism 1920-1985, looks back on the 150 years and then turns to what he calls a new, many-sided agenda. 'The English Catholic Church may never have been so free as now to establish its agenda creatively and influentially, if only it has the imagination and will to do so.'

What about Christian unity?
Ruth Reardon

After surveying church relations in England over the past 150 years, Ruth Reardon, formerly Secretary of the Association of Interchurch families, concludes that now 'the Churches need to grow together in the way married couples grow together as partners and as parents'.

What about Christian unity?
Ruth Reardon

After surveying church relations in England over the past 150 years, Ruth Reardon, formerly Secretary of the Association of Interchurch families, concludes that now 'the Churches need to grow together in the way married couples grow together as partners and as parents'.

The thinking Church: a recent history
Eamon Duffy

While many of the institutions of the English Catholic Church are in decline, Catholics themselves are more theologically literate than ever before. How are church leaders responding to this development and to the 'specifically intellectual challenge of theology'? Eamon Duffy, Reader in Church History at the University of Cambridge, traces the shift from a school-based system and particular set of cultural practices and attitudes, to today's post-conciliar situation with its need for episcopal support for theology.

Option for the poor
Ian Linden

How has Cardinal Wiseman's option for the poor in the last century been put into effect in more recent years? Ian Linden, who is the Director of the Catholic Institute for International Relations, shows how organisations like his and CAFOD have tried to respond to the Church's teaching on social justice.

Flaminian Gate to Eccleston
Bruce Harbert

'The restoration of the hierarchy was left incomplete in 1850', writes Bruce Harbert, who is parish priest of St Anne's, Streetly, and a regular contributor. The full restoration can take place when the relationship between bishops and the lower clergy, which existed before the Reformation, is put in place. 'In such a system, hierarchy and collegiality strengthen one another.'

Preaching and teaching the Word
Peter Cornwell

Fr Peter Cornwell, former chaplain at Prior Park College, Bath, and now assistant priest at St John's, Bath, offers some reflections on the lectionary readings for the Sundays and solemnities of November.

Talk Back
Fr Gerard Hanlon, Peru

A day off in the Andes

Remembering our past
Judith Champ

In this review article Judith Champ, author of The English Pilgrimage to Rome (Gracewing) and lecturer in church history and pastoral theology at Oscott College discusses some of the books which are marking different aspects of the last 150 years of Catholic history in England and Wales.

Correspondence

Postscript: Political correctness
Lucy Beckett




Books

   REVIEWED BY BERNARD HYPHER
Handbook for Parish Pastoral Councils
Ellen Mallon and Cecilia Anning
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, £5 approx
Tablet Bookshop Price: £ Tel: 01420 592 974