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Mending walls and building bridges
Anthony Towey

During the summer I had the pleasure of visiting Northern Ireland for a Catholic schools’ conference where the counties of Donegal and Derry meet. The scenery is breathtaking – a spellbinding place where the land jousts with the sea in collisions choreographed by the untamed elements. At turns inspiring and intimidating, the area has most recently provided the scenic canvas for Game of Thrones, a spectacularly gory fable of dragons ...
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Sep 25 2019

EditorialMending walls and building bridges
Anthony Towey
During the summer I had the pleasure of visiting Northern Ireland for a Catholic schools’ conference where the counties of Donegal  ... 

Focus on EducationCatholic Religious Education: Lessons in liberation
A thought experiment
As well as being editor of the Pastoral Review, Anthony Towey is Director of the Aquinas Centre for Theological Literacy at St  ... 
Revisiting the educational mission of the Catholic Church
A view from the side lines
A former Diocesan Director of Education, Bernard Stuart, looks back at an article he wrote eight years ago and takes a  ... 
When they’re cheering you, take care to know for what you are being cheered!
Simon Uttley, Headmaster of Blessed Hugh Faringdon School in Reading, asks: Are contemporary Catholic headteachers in English, state-funded Catholic  ... 
CCRS twenty-five years on
Research findings about adult theological education Ros Stuart-Buttle heads the Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University. She  ... 

Leadership & MinistryYoung people have the potential to change the world: Flame and National Youth Sunday
24 November 2019 is National Youth Sunday. Clare Lewis, Manager of Salesian Link, has talked to some of the young Catholics who attended Flame  ... 
Faithfully transgender
This article looks at emerging Church teaching on transgender issues, and emphasises Pope Francis’ call for pastoral support of trans people. David  ...
Theology TodayJohn Henry Newman: Apostle of the Truth
Blessed John Henry Newman will be canonised on Sunday 13 October 2019. Monica Rapeanu STL, a Lay Dominican of the Irish Province, considers his  ... 
Why study theology? Thinking beyond the box
Theology is not a bundle of facts – it is the possession of a Christian skill which can enhance life for the individual. This is the final article  ... 

SpiritualityWhere is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
In the first of a two-part article, Margaret Barker, an Old Testament scholar and former President of the Society for Old Testament Study, explores  ... 
Bethlehem Baubles: Celebrating the true meaning of Christmas
Founded by Ros Pollock while in Jerusalem, Bethlehem Baubles aims to provide a fair living wage to a struggling community. For centuries there has  ... 

Resources for MininstryAmerican carol - biblical images
We Three Kings is a popular carol – we all love to sing it at Christmas. But is it worth a second look, asks Thomas O’Loughlin, and some  ... 
‘Come, O Come, Emmanuel’: Preaching and prayer for Advent
The Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and the Book of Isaiah, offer food for our Advent journey, writes Gerald O’Collins SJ. You don’t have to be an  ... 
Breaking The Word
Weekdays in October, November and December 2019
Tuesday 1 October
St Thérèse of the Child Jesus
Week 26 in Ordinary time
Zechariah 8.20–23
Psalm 86
Luke 9.51–56
The first section of Zechariah ends with the expansive vision of the goyim (Gentiles) from great cities and nations encouraging one another to go to Jerusalem. The Jews attract others to them – ten being a sign of perfection and from all languages. It is a massive proclamation of what the Jews are summoned to be for all the peoples (First Reading: Zech. 8.20–23) ...
Sunday 6 October
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Habakkuk 1.2–3,2.2–4
Psalm 94
2 Timothy 1.6–8,13–14
Luke 17.5–10

Habakkuk is one of the shortest prophetic books of the Old Testament, but its themes offer a key to the development of the theology of Israel. Here there is a clear element of dialogue between the prophet and God. At a time of political and social chaos ...

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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