Pastoral practice on gay couples ‘has overtaken church teaching’

by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt in THE TABLET, 20 April 2021 The head of the German bishops’ conference has said that the Church must “face” gay couples’ wishes for a church blessing. “The partners in homosexual partnerships want the Church’s blessing and they don’t want to receive it clandestinely. They want the Church to consider their lives worthy…

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…