"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012

The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch

Tuesday 26 June 2012


I must apologise to the readers of this blog because I am going to be away at a theological conference until Thursday evening, which means I will not be giving a class on the Letter to the Hebrews to the novices.   However, I have for them - and for you - a lecture given by Dr Margaret Barker that they can listen to while I am away.   It is very, very interesting; and I would have published it here anyway, but with a youtube video by Dr Scott Hahn and a lecture by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware to complete the picture.   I shall add the other two items when I return.   All together they may well change attitudes to the Mass.   I cannot rate this talk too highly.   Putting it in my blog is the easiest way to give the students access to it.

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