May 2004


May 2004

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Good news to the poor
The Editor

Forming the conscience
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

The Coadjutor Archbishop of Dublin, Mgr Diarmuid Martin, has wide experience at both international and local level of the Church’s contribution to social justice. Here he explains what is specific and valuable in what the Church, especially through the office of the bishop, has to offer to a world which is in need of the gospel of justice, of peace and of hope.

David Standley

People can learn about the social teaching of the Church through parish provision of opportunities for reflecting on real-life situations. David Standley, parish priest of St Vincent de Paul, Clapham Common, in the Southwark Archdiocese, describes the setting up of an ‘open forum’ and other initiatives in his parish ‘where the Spirit can work in the minds and hearts of those listening’.

The common good: its time has come?
Christopher Road

The concept of the common good is central in Catholic social teaching. What it amounts to is ‘a model for use within communities and between them’. Christopher Road, a former corporate lawyer now permanent deacon completing postgraduate studies at Heythrop College, London, asks, ‘Is the model attractive and does it work?’

Social teaching in East London
Dominic Howarth

‘The Catholic Church has a wonderful, coherent, principled and dynamic social teaching.’ Dominic Howarth is a recently ordained priest in the East London parish of Our Lady and St George, Walthamstow. Here, he reflects on the inequalities in our world, their impact in East London, and the inspirations and challenges of living Catholic social teaching in everyday life.

Making it happen in the parish
Rosemary Read

Rosemary Read, a former long-serving justice and peace worker in the Nottingham Diocese, provides a few pointers where parishes can engage in action for social justice, while recognising that ‘leaping into action is no good without appropriate theological reflection’.

His ascension into glory
Francis Selman

Francis Selman, a priest of the Diocese of East Anglia and Dean of Philosophy at Allen Hall seminary, Chelsea, provides a reflection on the saving mystery of the ascension of Christ. This is not a mystery just to be contemplated, the ascension ‘also prompts us to go out and be witnesses to Christ and to evangelise’.

How to be a good leader of a parish pastoral council
Bernard Hypher

Bernard Hypher is a retired business consultant with experience as a member of pastoral councils in different parishes. Here he focuses on the need to look forward in time and outwards to the mission of a parish. He suggests that this should be accomplished by shaping the way a pastoral council thinks and behaves. He offers a methodology for achieving this.

Preaching and teaching the Word
Eddie Butler

Eddie Butler is parish priest of St Teresa’s, Stoke-on-Trent, in the Birmingham Archdiocese. Here he offers some reflections on the lectionary readings for the Sundays and Holy Days of June.

Evangelise or die
Keith Barltrop, Director, CASE

Postscript: Greetings!
Bruce Harbert


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