A Church catholic enough for God
The Catholic Church as conciliar Church
George Tavard is one of the most experienced living ecumenists, having been a peritus at Vatican II and a member of official Catholic dialogues with Anglicans, Methodists and Lutherans. Here he reflects on the good effects of the Second Vatican Council on the search for Christian unity. The Jubilee year is an opportunity to celebrate our Catholic faith and to recogise that it 'is endowed with a capacity for renewal the equal of which it is difficult to find in the Churches of Orthodox or of Protestant tradition'.
Confessions of a cradle Catholic
A feminist becomes a Catholic
Gillian Paterson was an active member of the Movement for the Ordination of Women, and head of religious publishing at Cassell. Here she describes her journey into the Catholic Church and concludes: 'At the end of the day, I must either leave the Church altogether, or else accept that I am not so much a feminist as a human being.'
Would Chesterton be a convert in 2000?
David W. Fagerberg
David Fagerberg is associate professor at Concordia college and author of The Size of Chesterton's Catholicism (University of Notre Dame Press, 1998). Here he argues that the great apologist of the thirties would still enter the Catholic Church today for the same reasons which were valid then. 'I want to consider my position about the biggest thing of all, whether I am to be inside it or outside it.'
Crag and torrent
Peter Cornwell was Vicar of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford before he became a Roman Catholic. Here he reflects on the good and bad aspects of his subsequent experience as a married priest working in schools and parishes. 'On the surface there have been some uncomfortable craggy bits but go deeper and there is to be found the highly active torrent of the Holy Spirit.'
What kind of gift is authority?
Cecily Boulding OP
Authority is what attracts so many to Catholicism and repels others. What does the new ARCIC document, The Gift of Authority, teach on this critical subject? Cecily Boulding, a Dominican sister, who is a member of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales Committee for Theology, analyses the document and draws some lessons for us.
Chronic illness within marriage
Greg Crowhurst, a trained nurse and journalist in the field of learning disability, is now a full-time carer, helping his chronically ill wife. Here he suggests how parishes can help both carers and the sick.
Preaching and teaching the Word
Jeremy Corley, priest of the Portsmouth diocese and scripture lecturer at Ushaw College, Durham, reflects on the lectionary readings for the Sundays of February.
New Testament chronicle
Henry Wansbrough OSB
In this annual overview of books on the New Testament, Henry Wansbrough, who is Master of St Benet's Hall, Oxford, and a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, makes a selection among the many books published.
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