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July/August/September 2020

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Church on the line
Anthony Towey

Covid-19 is a global plague inflicting suffering and death on staggering numbers of victims and their families. It is difficult to say at this stage how far the pathologies of the virus will spread, but there is no doubt that the direct and indirect consequences of this disease will haunt humanity for some time to come. Talk of the benevolence or judgement of God has the harping tone of theological indulgence and even mockery as medical personnel risk their lives to save those of others. Like Job’s comforters, it is probably wiser for most of us to remain silent, to abide with the broken before rationalising tragedy.
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Jul 01 2020
EditorialChurch on the line
Anthony Towey Covid-19 is a global plague inflicting suffering and death on staggering numbers of victims and their families. It is difficult to say  ... 

Focus: The church in challenging timesThe ‘two popes’ and two kinds of relations between Francis and Benedict
Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Historical Theology at Villanova University, reflects on some of the questions and challenges arising from the  ... 
Two popes in the light of history
Margaret Harvey, retired senior lecturer in History at Durham University, discusses the history of the Great Western Schism of the fourteenth century  ... 
Catholic Social Teaching in unprecedented times?
Ashley Beck, a priest of the Southwark archdiocese and Associate Professor at St Mary’s University, discusses the ethical and political challenges  ... 
Leadership & MinistryPastoral notes from lockdown
A priest writes on the challenges and experiences of parish life in lockdown. Philip Dyer-Perry is priest in the Catholic parish of Staines, Diocese  ... 
Apostolic religious life for women in East and Central Africa: Future sustainability and ‘deep story’
Catherine Sexton and María Calderón Muñoz from the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge discuss the findings of a recent report on  ... 
Notre Dame Training College Glasgow and the Liverpool connection
The contribution of the Sisters of Notre Dame to the training of Catholic teachers for Scotland in the nineteenth century is examined by Stephen J.  ... 

Theology todayNo Mass in Rome: Reflections in a time of plague
A resident of Rome, Vivian Boland OP writes on the experience of lockdown there and the possibilities for renewal which may arise as we emerge from  ... 
‘God is a woman’: What does pop theology teach us about word, image, ritual and religion today?
Stephanie MacGillivray discusses how the language and images used in popular music can challenge us to think about Christian ritual in new  ... 
A vision of integral ecology
CAFOD staff members Kezia Lavan (Brazil Programme Officer) and Francis Stewart (Theology Programme Advisor) reflect on an alternative vision for the  ... 
SpiritualityThe ordination of Hugues-Félicité Robert de Lamennais
Patrick H. Daly, parish priest of Caversham, Archdiocese of Birmingham, traces the ordination story of one of the most controversial priests in  ... 
Barnaby Rudge: Squaring the Christian circle
Charles Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge
is the most Catholic novel of the nineteenth century, argues Jeremy Rowe, a retired lecturer and specialist in  ... 
Resources for ministryVisit the sick, bury the dead
Kevin McGinnell VF, Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation in the Diocese of Northampton, reflects on changes to funeral practice as a result of  ... 
In memoriamDavid Sanders – Editor Priests & People 1991–2004
Anthony Towey, Editor of the Pastoral Review:
In spring we received news of the death of Fr David Sanders OP, a former editor of this journal under  ... 

Breaking The Word
Weekly Readings July/August/September 2020
These reflections on the weekday Bible readings are by Canon Mervyn Tower, parish priest of Corpus Christi, Headington, Oxford.
Wednesday 1 July
Week 13 in Ordinary Time
Amos 5.14–15,21–24
Psalm 49
Matthew 8.28–34

Amos, from the mid-eighth century BCE, consistently demands total renewal. The first two verses both contrast good and evil, addressing above all the merchants. Goodness is to be displayed in justice at the city gate, an area of activity and commerce, as can be seen still today at, for example, the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Feasts, with their sacrifices and music, are nothing compared to justice and integrity ...
Robert Draper

In the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Fathers of Vatican II decreed that the 'treasures of the Bible are to be opened up more lavishly so that a richer fare may be provided for the faithful at the table of God's word' (SC 52). This lavish feast of the Word of God at the celebration of the Eucharist is designed to nourish and inspire the faithful ...

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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