Project Bonhoeffer was set up in 2012 by a small group of friends who, remembering the impact of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life and ideas on their own thinking as young Christians fifty years ago, felt it was important to convey something of that experience to young Christians today. Since 2013, Project Bonhoeffer has held a series […]
The Homily given on the Third Sunday of Year C (2019) – Good News to the Poor In 2016 when I last related today’s Gospel to the situation in our country there were an estimated 15 million people living below the poverty line in Britain. Out of a population of some 65 million that was […]
Does our Catholic Faith have anything that helps inform our conscience about the Brexit debate and votes in Parliament?
Teachers are now saying that they are having to pick up the impacts of increased family poverty and that the Government is out of touch with the distressing reality of the lives of many school students.
We held our Autumn Day of Reflection last month at the Good Shepherd Parish centre in Mytholmroyd. We are very grateful to the church community there for their welcome and their practical support during the day. About half of the 23 participants came from the local area. This is a vindication of our attempts to […]
Last month Tim Devereux wrote why he thought that ‘Remembrance is not enough’. One main point is that it is right to remember all the military killed in conflict, but we must also remember all the civilians who have been killed and all those whose lives have been shattered because of conflict. In our own […]
Justice is love in action and we are called by Jesus to love one another
Do you remember four years ago, the stunning installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red’ thousands of poppies flooding down the walls of the Tower of London and into the moat? When I visited, I was very moved by the hushed crowd, and the poignant profusion of blood-red poppies – one for each of […]
Local shopping centres and, now, high streets are becoming ghost towns as more and more shops and stores close. From the latest House of Fraser announcement of 31 of its 59 stores closing to Marks & Spencer closures and Poundworld facing administration following Toys R Us, the places where we shop are increasing marked with […]
The fact that our criminal justice system is broken is regularly distracted by high profile individual cases of the need to ‘lock them up’ regardless of the conditions or provisions for eventual release. The media driven cry to ‘protect the public’ trumps all other considerations. Yet it is a widely acknowledged reality that in Britain […]
On May 1st (appropriately) I attended a half day event in Manchester organised by CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) that explored the relations between Catholic Social Teaching and thought, relationships with trade unions and what the future of work might hold. There was much hearking back to Cardinal Manning and his influence over Rerum Novarum […]
The recent Oscar Romero Lecture at Mill Hill Chapel in Leeds was sponsored by The Romero Trust and the J&P Commission. It was given by the great friend of CAFOD Ruben Zamora whose own life of exemplary high level public service in El Salvador was characterized by his personal contact with Archbishop Oscar Romero, the […]
“When the Church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises” Bl. Oscar Romero In “Reimagining Britain” Archbishop Justin Welby writes austerity is “a word that almost invariably conceals the crushing of the weak”. Since 2010 when the […]
In November 2017, Steve Atherton, the Justice & Peace worker in Liverpool went on the Romero Pilgrimage to El Salvador. The picture below was taken by him in one of the churches in central San Salvador. He related how, when he first caught sight of it, he was puzzled – it looked as though there […]
The Joseph Rowntree report “UK Poverty 2017”, spells out that one in five people living in Britain are now struggling to make ends meet. The research found 400,000 more children and 300,000 over 65 year olds now living in poverty compared with the numbers in 2012-3. In other words, the total numbers in poverty according […]
The Catholic Church would self-describe as a strong advocate of ‘family values’: the importance of bringing up children in a loving atmosphere with two parents, being open and generous towards one another, praying, doing things together and supporting one another throughout life so that all members of the family can enjoy the full dignity that […]