CARDINAL
Inside Westminster - Click here to sign up


Home home > cardinal
Speeches/Articles Archive

I am delighted to be with you this evening for this lecture. I am especially delighted to be in Wales. I don't get here often enough. So when invited to come and talk to you this evening I jumped at the chance. You will know what I mean when I recall writing to congratulate Rowan Williams on his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury 'Don't forget' says I 'We Celts must stick together!'

But there's another reason why I am pleased to be with you this evening. At the risk of alienating half the audience, it's because this is a university and I am hoping that there will be plenty of young people in the audience. There is a theory doing the rounds which says that young people aren't interested any longer in the Church, in meeting archbishops, or in talking about the deepest things in life. Well if that is really the case my experience must be the exception that proves the rule. I try and make time to meet the young people of my diocese on a regular basis - about once a month in fact. If those meetings are anything to go by the theorists may need to think again....
18 February 2004

I am very pleased to be here with you today; and I am very pleased to see such a diverse group of decision makers and opinion formers together in the same room discussing issues of such profound importance.
We live in a time in which a new kind of discourse is growing up. It is a discourse about a scourge which has the power to frighten people, and to cause them to look at the world in a new way. That scourge is terrorism. Now I do not want to belittle the terrible scourge of terrorism, or the truth that it is more dangerous today than it has ever been.

There is increasing talk of so-called 'failed states' - by which it is meant states within which the kinds of controls and regulations which allow for an orderly and secure environment are not present. Failed states are states which don't work properly. We point the finger at such states because we fear that it is there that terrorism is allowed to flourish....
16 February 2004

There are three things, at least, that we in this room have in common: we are human and therefore sinful - but you'll be relieved to hear that I am not intending to enlarge on that theme; we are all men and women of letters - in our various capacities we all enjoy writing; and we think, or rather we know, that words matter. In fact words matter a great deal; and not just to us, to everyone. They matter for one simple reason - which I will come back to in a moment.

But first I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the health of the word today and see what lessons we might draw for our writing, and for the writing of those we read and listen to - not least, but not only, in the media. We could try and do for the world of the word what Johnny Morris and David Attenborough do for the world of animals and plants. They bring them alive by looking from the inside out. Like those amazing images of duck-billed platypus filmed from inside their nests by a tiny microscopic camera. What might things look like from inside the habitat of the English language today. What is the buzz in the corridors of word power in 2004?...
21 January 2004

For some the story of the martyrs of sixteenth century England can still touch a sensitive nerve in ecumenical relations - four and a half centuries after they died. So I think it is appropriate to pay tribute to the generosity of spirit and imagination which lies behind today’s service. I would like to express my thanks to the Chaplain of the Tower for bringing us together to honour a saint so closely identified with my own Church, the Church of Rome. Our thanks are due too to Peter and Rosalind Bearcroft who have guided John Fisher’s plaque safely to port. I can only imagine that John Fisher is rejoicing to see both the Bishop of London, and the successor to his own episcopal see of Rochester, here - so close to the place where he died.

Our celebration this evening is rich in symbolism – and I would like to think most powerfully rich in the symbolism of our reconciliation in the truth. ...
19 January 2004

May I first say thank you for inviting me to be with you at the start of your conference today. I consider it a privilege to be among you, and I am pleased that you are among us, the diocese of Westminster. Looking at the extraordinary diversity of organisations represented here today, it feels a bit like a gathering of the clans. I sense something of a warrior spirit in the room. I suspect you mean it when you say “Fighting economic injustice”. I am reminded of the Duke of Wellington – surveying the battlefield at Waterloo and particularly the serried ranks of the Guards regiments he remarked “They may not frighten the enemy, but by God they frighten me!!”

I would like to pay a small tribute to the organisers of your seminar, notably the Vincentian Millennium Partnership and the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, with the support of Caritas - social action. It is hugely encouragingto see organizations such as these working together to fight injustice. The Vincentians I know well of course. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers all over the world, as well as a range of religious orders, have worked with and for the poor, for well over two hundred years – all inspired by the example of St Vincent de Paul. On the 9th of November Sister Rosalie Rendu, who became a Daughter of Charity in 1802, was beatified...
19 November 2003

This weekend is a time of great joy and celebration in Westminster Diocese. By the time you read this, we will already have marked the Launch of our Diocesan programme of spiritual and personal renewal ‘At Your Word, Lord’ with a mass for 12,000 parishioners at Wembley Arena on Friday night.

And on Saturday and Sunday a further 40,000 Westminster parishioners will have signed up to join one of the thousands of small faith sharing communities that form the core of our renewal project.

25 September 2003

I am very happy to be with you today on the occasion of the Catholic Women of the Year celebration especially as it is your 35th birthday. So – first a special word of congratulation to your Chairman Angela and all those who are so generous with their time and energy on your, indeed on all our behalves.

This is a very special celebration of what it means to be Catholic, and to be women committed to all manner of practical, spiritual and pastoral good works in our community. Not only does the Church need your commitment and your particular gifts.

Our society needs them too. Frankly we need more like you. So hopefully some of you will still be here in another 35 years celebrating success – yes – but much more important the love and commitment which inspires other women, and men too, to give of themselves in the place they find themselves. ...
25 September 2003

Challenged by Change: Serving the Community in a Modern World
Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst:


I think I can say with some confidence that one of the most challenging, almost frightening, aspects of modern life is the increasing pace of change. Many of the changes we see around have been stimulated by the technological explosion which began mid way through the last century and picked up incredible speed with the development of the PC and the internet. By comparison with the situation we grew up in forty, fifty or sixty years ago very few, if any, aspects of our lives have been left untouched by these rapid developments, particularly in the IT world. ...
24 September 2003

Opening Address - CARJ Congress 2003 - Southlands College:

First I want to say how good is it to see so many here today. This gathering is an important and an authentic sign of the rich diversity of the people of God, which is the universal Church.

Look around the room and you see how diverse is the local church in England & Wales. We are here to celebrate that fact. We are here to make known to one another how much we care about each other, and how profoundly we wish to affirm one another in our diversity. Our unity in the body of Christ is not a unity despite diversity. It is a unity which sanctifies and glorifies the diversity of the people of God. Christ died not for one group of people, or one race. He died for every race, for every daughter and son of God who is the Creator of us all. The Good News of Jesus Christ is not only good news for you, and for me. It is Good news for every one of our brothers and sisters with whom we share our common humanity. Even if we cannot be one in faith, we can be, we are, one in the sight of God, and in solidarity. The fellowship of human beings is not like the fellowship of nations, which is so often fractured. It is something far more profound and subtle. It places upon us a great burden of responsibility. If we are sisters and brothers then together we are one family. If we are one family, we are allowed to fall out with each other now and again. But we have an obligation to make our watchwords love, forgiveness, mutual respect, tenderness and steadfastness....
12 September 2003

CTE Forum 2003

The Forum gives us a regular opportunity to stop and reflect on our experiences to date as Churches Together at local and national level. I want to reflect from the perspective of a Church Leader on the many Reports we’ve all received– to see what they might help us understand about the bigger picture of our growing common life....
19 July 2003

Terms & Conditions Privacy Accessibility Sitemap