Sunday, 29 March 2015

In support of our priests, our families, and our Church

ack. "Crowning in Syro-Malabar Nasrani Wedding by Mar Gregory Karotemprel - Eastern Catholic Church" by Achayan - Own work. (Wikimedia)

In support of our priests, our families, and our Church

You may have seen the recent letter from more than 450 priests in support of the Church’s teaching on marriage.

We would like to invite you to sign the letter below, to be sent to the press in support of them, and to encourage others to sign it.

To sign, please leave your name and your diocese in the comments box below, or if you prefer email them to one of the coordinators shown below, or to me at ''

Mark Lambert ( or Andrew Plasom-Scott (

The Letter:

Dear Sir,

We, the undersigned, wish to endorse and support the letter signed by over 450 priests in the recent edition of the Catholic Herald,
As laity, we all know from our own family experiences, or those of our friends and neighbours, the harrowing trauma of divorce and separation, and we sympathise with all those in such situations.
It is precisely for that reason that we believe that the Church must continue to proclaim the truth about marriage, given us by Christ in the Gospels, with clarity and charity in a world that struggles to understand it.
 For the sake of those in irregular unions, for the sake of those abandoned and living in accordance with the teachings of the Church, and above all for the sake of the next generation, it is essential that the Church continues to make it quite clear that sacramental marriage is indissoluble until death.
  We pray, and expect, that our hierarchy will represent us, and the Church’s unwavering teaching, at the Synod this autumn.
Yours faithfully,

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The last years of Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli 1951-58)

                                                                   Pope Venerable Pius XII

  A brief reminder of a saintly Pope:-


NB.  Just highlight the above link, right click, then 'open link'


'O Lord, Thou art silent about the intense pains which hasten Thy death, and dost Thou complain of thirst?  Ah! the thirst of Jesus was very different fom that which we imagine it to be.  His thirst is the desire of being loved by the souls for whom He dies'     
                                      (thoughts from St Alphonsus de Liguori)