Catholic Church ‘should be more like Alcoholics Anonymous’

by Sarah McDonald in THE TABLET, 10 March 2022 A leading canon lawyer has said that the Catholic Church should model itself on the self-help fellowship Alcoholics Anonymous. He said that the early church was probably more like AA in the way it was run, than the Church today.  Canon lawyer Dr Tom Doyle warned…

Ukraine and what it means for managing a refugee crisis. Here.

By Vin Totton, a member of the Holy Name congregation Like everyone I have spoken to about the unfolding nightmare in Ukraine, I have been so upset at the events which have already led to many armed personnel as well as too many civilians including children already being killed. It is truly lamentable. I cannot…

Roman Abramovich wants to go with honour – yet will not condemn bloodshed

By Matt Dickinson in THE TIMES, 3 March 2022 “Roman Abramovich has parked his Russian tank in our front garden and is firing £50 notes at us.” So said David Dein, the Arsenal director, in 2003 to herald the influence of the billionaire who transformed not only Chelsea but English and European football with personal…

Religious roots of Ukraine crisis

Putin’s strategy THE TABLET Editorial, 26 February 2022 Has Vladimir Putin gone mad? It is a question hinted at when the British Prime Minister accused him of behaving “irrationally” towards Ukraine. But the understanding of Putin’s motives seems to stop there, an implicit attempt to shame him into acting rationally. But in another reality, populated…

Reform of Seminaries

THE TABLET COMMENT, 12 February 2022 Clericalism is a virus in the Catholic Church that will be hard to eliminate. Its latest manifestation is the reported emergence from Catholic seminaries of a type of newly ordained priest who seems to be in love with the idea of being “special”. Their ideal of Catholicism stems from…