'John Paul II will leave us all orphans. I shall miss him'
If God died for all of us, it is not ours to decide who is fit to live
In the many interviews I have given since the Tsunami, I have been asked, in effect, the question “Is God dead?” But I have been struck that most of my interviewers, and I believe the wider public, have been looking not for an answer of despair, but for an answer of hope. The response to the Tsunami around the world, and perhaps especially in our own country, shows that values, a sense of community, and the generosity of the Good Samaritan, are there in large measure. But it takes something dramatic to shake us out of our day-to-day complacency.
As Presidents of Churches Together in England we believe that the fight against poverty and injustice must be at the top of the agenda this year. The generosity of governments and individuals after the Tsunami shows that the world is capable of responding to a tragedy which touches everyone. We must allow the plight of the thirty thousand who die each day to touch us and move us to action as well.
Britain is not as secular as some hope
Christmas has become a season of anxiety. 'Is Britain still a Christian country?' is the question on the lips of radio and television presenters. This year it was the Posh and Becks Nativity waxworks that prompted the question, coinciding as it did with Channel 4's distasteful pastiche of the Da Vinci Last Supper in the posters advertising its seasonal programmes. The growing secularisation of Britain, it seems, is the one forecast that can be relied on....
Cardinal's article in 'The Times' of 9 Dec 2004.
The Cardinal, who is a co-president of the Churches Together in England (CTE), was one of a number of speakers at the forum of Christian leaders, who gathered at Stick Rochford Hall, near Grantham in Lincolnshire, to consider the theme of 'Sharing the Vision' over the weekend of 5-7 November.
have been reflecting on the era in which the Royal Society began, namely, the Enlightenment. Those years of the 17th and 18th Centuries were an extraordinary period. What was it Alexander Pope said about Newton? 'Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night. God said, 'Let Newton be and all was light'' Enlightenment was an optimistic creed. Out with authority and revealed religion, and in with Reason and the critical faculty. Out with the old sciences, in with the new science, whereby the improvement of the world would be made possible, unlocking the mysteries of nature and revealing their logical, rational foundations in the laws of physics and chemistry. The world was to get better and better and would continue to do so...
Dialogue with People of No Belief:
Ethics, Aesthetics and Leadership
Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Rome: 11 March 2004
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
Archbishop of Westminster
There is a magnificent passage in Pope John Paul's encyclical, Redemptor Hominis, where he speaks about man, humankind, as the primary and fundamental way for the Church. He says Man, in the full truth of his existence, of his personal being, and also of his community and social being, in the sphere of his own family, in the sphere of society and very diverse contexts, in the sphere of his own nation or people, and in the sphere of the whole of mankind, this man is the primary route that the Church must travel in fulfilling her mission. He is the primary and fundamental way for the Church, the way traced out by Christ Himself. ...
The question of what it means to be human, and to live the fullness of human life as God intends we should, is one of the most important challenges we face. The question takes on added urgency for all who are actively engaged with young people - in education, in intellectual and spiritual formation, and in family and community life. How do we help young people to contribute not only to their own happiness, but to the flourishing of our society and of our culture?
As Christians we need to cultivate a careful and a sensitive regard for the culture of which we are part. It is not from outside, or apart from the world, that we live as Christians, it is from within. Both faith and culture present us with challenges. Let's take three...