Homily, Easter Day 2021

Each of the four Gospels tells us that Jesus' empty tomb was first discovered by a woman. This is notable because in first-century Jewish society women could not serve as legal witnesses. In the case of John's Gospel, our text for today, the only person attending the tomb of the crucified Jesus is Mary of…

Welcome to the north, BBC folk! I have a rusty fridge for your garden

Carol Midgley in THE TIMES, 24 March 2021 Have a care for the BBC employees who have been told that their jobs are being relocated — brace your stomachs — outside London. Do take a moment if you’re feeling queasy. Some jobs are moving to Birmingham and Cardiff, others to Leeds, Glasgow, Salford and doubtless…

Editorial: Vatican’s decree on gay unions risks making Francis into a hypocrite

by the Editorial Staff of THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (USA), 19 March 2021 There are many laudatory words and phrases we might use to describe the Pope Francis the world has come to know over these past eight years. Genuine. Pastoral. Open-minded. Concerned for the poor, humanity, the environment. Friend of the marginalized. But the…

Meghan and Harry – the British original sin is snobbery, not racism

by Clifford Longley in THE TABLET American commentators, often Afro-Americans, have piled into the attack on the British royal family in the wake of the Oprah Winfrey interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The consensus among them, largely devoid of nuance, is that the royal family is racist. They are making the common mistake,…