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November/December 2014

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 The Church is Catholic
Michael A. Hayes

It is one of the ironies of contemporary cultural ecclesiology that words which were used to speak of universal qualities have become to be used specifically for separate entities. Thus for example, it is common parlance to talk of ‘the Church of Christ’ or ‘the Orthodox Church’ or ‘the Catholic Church’ not meaning attributes or qualities of the Church but to designate divided denominations from one another.

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With the ever-evolving needs of the Church, The Pastoral Review aims to reach all those actively involved in all aspects of pastoral responsibilities within the Church. By listening to what the spirit is saying to the Church through the reflecting on the scriptures (Rev.2:7), considering new pastoral initiatives and engaging in issues that impact on pastoral ministry, The Pastoral Review seeks to be a resource for the Church today.

Nov 01 2014

 

EditorialThe Church is Catholic
Michael A. Hayes
It is one of the ironies of contemporary cultural ecclesiology that words which were used to speak of universal qualities ...

 
Time, eschatology and other religionsContemporary TheologyTime, eschatology and other religions
Kevin McDonald
  Emeritus Archbishop Kevin McDonald (Diocese of Southwark) looks at the issues of time, eschatology and interreligious ...

 
Preparing to preach MarkPreparing to preach Mark
Gerald O’Collins SJ
  In response to Pope Francis’ call for better preaching, we continue a series taking examples from all four gospels. ...

 
 Anselm: Prayer, orthodoxy, and the fearless search for truth Anselm: Prayer, orthodoxy, and the fearless search for truth
Anne Inman
  This article shows how Anselm’s theological endeavours were at one with his life of prayer. While his theology was orthodox, he ...

 
Nano and Ned: Two Irish cousins. Venerable Nano Nagle (1718-1784) and Edmund Burke PC (1729-1797)Past & PresentNano and Ned: Two Irish cousins. Venerable Nano Nagle (1718-1784) and Edmund Burke PC (1729-1797)
Michael D. Phelan
Two eighteenth-century Irish cousins left  indelible marks in the fields of education for the poor, and politics. Michael D. ...

 
Year of Consecrated Life 2015: Mary Ward and the Congregation of Jesus Leadership & MinistryYear of Consecrated Life 2015: Mary Ward and the Congregation of Jesus
Gemma Simmonds CJ
The Year of Consecrated Life begins in November 2014. This article looks at the present day Congregation of Jesus and the ...

 
Why celebrate Bible Sunday? Why celebrate Bible Sunday? 
Adrian Graffy
Catholic Bible Sunday falls on the second Sunday of Advent. Adrian Graffy explains why it is important. The author is Chair of the ...

 
Lazarus and lessons in grief Lazarus and lessons in grief 
Pippa Bonner
Pippa Bonner, who ran a hospice bereavement service, writes about grief and finds some help from Scripture. She is a member of the ...

 
Getting Resourced: Advent for Catholic schoolsGetting Resourced: Advent for Catholic schools
Claire Fernandes
Claire Fernandes offers ideas for celebrating Advent in Catholic schools. She draws on her experience as a lecturer in Primary RE ...

 
The Just War. Love thy neighbour as thyself. Are the two concepts compatible? Focus OnThe Just War. Love thy neighbour as thyself. Are the two concepts compatible?
Priscilla Noble-Mathews
Each November we remember the dead and also mark Armistice day. This article asks if war can ever be ‘just’ and looks ...

 
A personal reflection on the new translation of the Mass A personal reflection on the new translation of the Mass 
Zoe M. Davis
A Benedictine nun reflects on the experience of hearing and using the new translation of the Mass. Zoe M. Davis is from the Priory of ...

 
The open wound: Slavery in the contemporary world (II) The open wound: Slavery in the contemporary world (II)
Stephen J. McKinney, Honor Hania and Robert J. Hill
Pope Francis has made it one of the aims of his pontificate to challenge slavery. This ...

 
Breaking The Word

Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 1 November
All Saints
Philippians 1.18-26
Psalm 41.2-3,5
Luke 14.1,7-11
Yearning is a strong theme in today’s readings: yearning for respect, yearning for happiness, yearning for God...

 
Sunday 2 November
Solemnity of All Saints
Apocalypse 7.2-4, 9-14
Psalm 23; 1John 3.1-3
Matthew 5.1-12
Three very different readings are offered to us today to explore this great feast, and investigate what it means to be a saint...