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St Marcel Initiative

One of the few old Collegemen to become a Catholic bishop needs no introduction. Richard Williamson has certainly managed to make a complete fool of himself on various peripheral issues, such as holocaust denial and conspiracy theories for the collapse of the Twin Towers. He originally applied to join the Brompton Oratory, but was judged […]

Synod (2)

I remarked in the previous post on this topic that the traditionalist commentary by Christopher Ferrara, a Catholic layman and New York lawyer, was persuasive. That does not mean that I agree with it in its entirety, or that it does not sometimes get a little overexcited. One of the difficulties about the Synod for […]

The Synod (1)

To be more formal the 14th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church. The Synod of Bishops was set up by Paul VI in September 1965. In a Motu Proprio letter (ie one issued on his own authority) he stated that he had become convinced that he needed the guidance and […]

The fruits of the earth (1)

… and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth … replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over … every living thing that moveth […]

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam

What is the function of a bishop? I ask because Vincent Nichols seems to be a complete waste of space. Uninspiring as a preacher, incompetent as a politician/administrator. Would we notice the difference if he went into hibernation for the next five years? The unkind answer is yes: there would be less admin blunders if […]