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January/February 2019

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Take the punch
Anthony Towey

At the beginning of the liturgical year on the First Sunday of Advent, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark rather daringly circulated a pastoral letter on the issues of abuse and the need for safeguarding which have haunted the Church in recent times. Emboldened by his example, at the turn of this calendar year, I submit for your consideration a reflection by Sr Theodora Hawksley on the same theme.
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Dec 31 2018


EditorialTake the punch
Anthony Towey & Theodora Hawksley CJ
At the beginning of the liturgical year on the First Sunday of Advent, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark  ...
Contemporary TheologyPreaching Mark
Gerald O’Collins SJ
Long live the four evangelists. The first of two articles offers suggestions for preaching the Gospels. Gerald O’Collins SJ is ...
Preaching John
Gerald O’Collins SJ
Founding a domestic Church
(John 4.46–54)
Compared with some of the stories that John’s Gospel tells of people meeting Jesus, ... 
Pope Francis and the internal forum solution
James McManus CSSR
This article explores the moral issue of giving Holy Communion to Catholic couples who have entered a second marriage after ...

Joyful liturgies. Why?
Thomas O’Loughlin
Joyfulness is an expression of faith and should be inherent within Christian liturgy. Yet over the centuries religion became a  ...

Past & PresentFour reformer priests
Patrick H. Daly
When inaugurating the Year for Priests in his diocese last June, Archbishop Bernard Longley urged his clergy to tell their vocation ...
Leadership & MinistryCan clericalism be cured?
Ronald D. Witherup PSS
Clericalism has been blamed for much of the scandal which has engulfed the Church in recent years. This article looks at the ...
The ordination of women
Joe Fitzpatrick
This article considers the theological case that can be made in support of women priests. Radical change is needed if we are to ...

Bishops for married priests
Michael Kerrigan
The debate about mandatory celibacy and the ordination of married men, long effectively suppressed since Vatican II, has re-emerged  ...

Focus OnGraham Greene. Reflections on treachery and trust
Roderick Strange
This article was given by its author as the David Pearce Memorial Lecture at the Graham Greene Festival held in Berkhamsted in  ...
Honesty versus shame. A lifelong dilemma
Evleen Mann
For Evleen Mann the cover up was worse than the crime. She has written a personal, wry, occasionally painful memoir of shame, laced with  ...
Beauty in Liturgy: The Carmelites and the Resurrection
Kevin Alban O.Carm
This article looks at the subject of the Resurrection in the Carmelite rite from the perspective of beauty, and contends that this  ...
Holy hosts and memorable madeleines. The Mass as performance art, revolt and Proustian moment
Kevin O’Donnell
This article explores the Mass from three angles – a piece of performance art; a revolt, and a Proustian moment (utilising his  ...
Wednesday 2 January
1 John 2.22-28
Psalm 97
John 1.19-28
Over the next days we read consecutively the text that follows the Prologue of John Chapter 1. It focuses on the witness of John the Baptist. He has already been introduced at the beginning of the Prologue, but here he denies to the priests that he is the Messiah, Elijah or the Prophet. He affirms that his baptism by water ...
Sunday readings January/February 2019
Sundays in January and February 2019

Robert Draper
The Lectionary of the Church, in a very careful and deliberate way, presents a wide and rich selection of passages from the sacred scriptures for the celebration of the Sunday Liturgy for God’s people to savour and ponder. The choice invites the reader to reflect on the Liturgical seasons, the teaching of the Church and the insights of the individual inspired writers ...



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Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017


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