July 2001
 

CONTENTS

July 2001

Preaching the message boldly
The Editor

Keiran Conry

'The Church needs the media more than the media need the Church. This is the hard lesson, ' writes Kieran Conry, who was for seven years Director of the Catholic Media Office before his recent appointment as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. Here he explains why the Church has to learn this lesson.

Newman the preacher
Ian Ker

Newman was regarded as a great preacher. Ian Ker, author and editor of twenty books on Newman, teaches at Oxford and is parish priest of SS John Fisher and Thomas More, Burford, Oxon. He reviews a recent edition of Newman's sermon notes and then describes Newman's approach to preaching. 'His preaching remains a model for the contemporary homilist for its rich combination of liturgical, scriptural, doctrinal, moral and spiritual elements.'

The parish in contemporary culture
Alexander Sherbrooke

How can a parish be equipped to dialogue with a contemporary cutlure which was last year symbolised by the human-centred Dome? Alexander Sherbrooke, who is parish priest of St Margaret of Scotland in Twickenham, reflects on the need to evangelise this world and suggests some practical ways a parish might prepare itself.

What is Christian thought?
Adrian Hastings

How would you set about giving an account of Christian thought at the beginning of a new millennium? Adrian Hastings, who died recently was professor of theology at Leeds University and author of many books. Here in his last ever article, he describes how he edited the new Oxford Companion to Christian Thought. He draws the heartening conclusion that Christian thought today is 'far more vigourous and also more deeply fathful to its origins than could have been proposed at the start of the nineteenth or twentieth century'.

The prayers of the faithful
J.D. Crichton

How carefully prepared are the prayers of the faithful at Mass? J.D. Crichton, the distinguished liturgist, writes here about the importance of these prayers and how they should be composed. 'When they are lively and apt they help the people to pray and thus enfold their petitions in the eternal petition of Jesus Christ our Lord.'

Preaching and teaching the Word
Gerald Gostling

Gerald Gostling is parish priest of the Most Holy Redeemer, Harold Hill, in Romford, Essex. Here he offers some reflections for the lectionary readings for the Sundays and holy days of August.

Preaching and teaching the Word
Gerald Gostling

Gerald Gostling is parish priest of the Most Holy Redeemer, Harold Hill, in Romford, Essex. Here he offers some reflections for the lectionary readings for the Sundays and holy days of August.

Postscript: Ordained to rule?
Vicky Cosstick




Books

   REVIEWED BY SIMON FRANCIS GAINE OP
The Oxford companion to Christian Thought
Ed. by Adrian Hastings, Alistair Mason and Hugh Pyper with Ingrid Lawrie and Cecily Bennett
Oxford University Press, £40
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   REVIEWED BY PHILIP ENDEAN SJ
Knowledge of Christ
Raymond Moloney SJ
Continuum, £14.99
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   REVIEWED BY PAUL HYPHER
Clergy and Laity: did Jesus want a two-tier Church?
Herbert Haag
Continuum, £9.95
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   REVIEWED BY TOMMY MURPHY
The Eagle and the Dove: the spirituality of the Celtic Saint Columbanus
Katherine Lack
SPCK, £6.99
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