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November/December 2017

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Advent Cheer: the carol service
Thomas O'Loughlin

The Carol Service seems so simple we often do not think of it as 'liturgy.' But it can be a means of bringing a community into the presence of the God who is revealed in Jesus.Thomas O'Loughlin is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham, and President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.

If it's December, then, unless you live on a deserted island, you will hear Christmas songs on the radio.

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November/December 2017

Acting Editor: Dr Anthony Towey

Prayer as contested space
Anthony Towey

Although his lifetime crossed with mine, I have no memory of Saint Pope John XXIII. Instead I can trade that deficit for over 50 years hearing and reading tributes to 'Good Pope John' who seems to have transcended boundaries of denomination and religion as a global figure of faith. Within the Church he is undoubtedly most famous for calling the Second Vatican Council which has had innumerable repercussions within the Catholic community." Read More

Oct 28 2017
EditorialPope John's New Pentecost
Anthony Towey
Although his lifetime crossed with mine, I have no memory of Saint Pope John XXIII. Instead I can trade that deficit for over 50 ...
 
Advent cheer: the carol service as liturgyContemporary TheologyAdvent cheer: the carol service as liturgy
Thomas O'Loughlin
The Carol Service seems so simple we often do not think of it as 'liturgy.' But it can be a means of bringing a community into ...
 
The story of ElijahThe story of Elijah
John Deehan
This article looks at the story of the great prophet and hero of Israel Elijah, as told in the Old Testament books 1 Kings and ...
 
Priesthood and powerPriesthood and power
Joe Fitzpatrick
Authority and decision-making in the Church belong to all the baptised, not just the ecclesial hierarchy, writes Joe ...
 
Lessons from the Reformation: When papal power trumps legitimate debatePast & PresentLessons from the Reformation: When papal power trumps legitimate debate
Anne Inman
This article compares the way in which an appeal to papal authority was used to stifle legitimate debate over Luther's Ninety-five ...
 
The Body of Christ still has HIV. It's time to talkLeadership & MinistryThe Body of Christ still has HIV. It's time to talk
Jim McManus
Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support is the only national Christian charity that responds pastorally to the situation of ...
 
Dialogue: more than a friendly chatDialogue: more than a friendly chat
Chris Richardson
Catholic schools are often identified as places of dialogue between culture and faith and faith and life. This article ...
 
Why the Scriptures are the best reading everWhy the Scriptures are the best reading ever
Fleur Dorrell
In this article the writer invites us to consider the power of the Scriptures and introduces two new initiatives for busy ...
 
Martin Luther: A Christian vision of school educationFocus OnMartin Luther: A Christian vision of school education
Stephen J. McKinney
This year marks the five hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation and there is a renewed interest in the ...
 
'Is it true?' A teenager's search for the truth in Advent'Is it true?' A teenager's search for the truth in Advent
Sean Loone
In this article the writer shows how the prophetic tradition in the Scriptures and historical context can help answer young ...

 Review article: Reclaiming the Common Good Review article: Reclaiming the Common Good
Ashley Beck
Our Reviews editor presents an article on Reclaiming the Common Good. How Christians can help rebuild our broken world edited by ...

 
Wednesday 1 November
All Saints
Revelation 7.2-4, 9-14
Psalm 24.1-6
1 John 3.1-3
Matthew 5.1-12
Today we celebrate the feast of All Saints (on its proper day, what is more); and it is a feast to cheer us. The first reading is from Revelation, which need not terrify us...
 
 
Sunday 5 November
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary time
Malachi 1.14-2.2,8-10
Psalm 130
1Thessalonians 2.7-9.13
Matthew 23.1-12
There is a dramatic contrast within today's readings on the subject of ministry as service. The prophet Malachi and Jesus in the Gospel castigate their contemporaries who have responsibility for the practice and teaching of the faith to others ...
 
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Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017

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Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Rev. Professor Michael Hayes editor of The Pastoral Review.

Many friends and readers of The Pastoral Review and The Tablet will have been shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Michael Hayes early on Easter Saturday.   Read More

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