• Opinion,  World View

    The Othering

    One of the worst sins of our age is that of ‘the othering’. By this, I mean all those occasions when we look upon anyone else as in some way ‘other’ than us. We perceive them to be different to us and this can often lead to us looking not at them, but down upon them, seeing them as somehow inferior to us. Common examples are those we perceive to have a different skin colour, country of origin, place of residence, sexuality, religious belief, political ethos. If they are not – in our surmising – the same as us, then they are ‘the other’. And that separates us from them.…

  • Church Life,  Faith and Life,  Opinion,  World View

    Easing The Relationship

    I had written at length yesterday about the uneasy relationship I presently have with the institutional side of the Catholic Church – provoked by the relentless abuse crisis and the subsequent failures of the Church and hierarchy to act with any compassion or integrity toward the victims of such abuse, with disregard for the value of all people and with an utter absence of concern for anything other than institutional reputation and fiscal protection of assets. It isn’t an easy place to be. However, I had also noted the more rooted relationship I have with the ‘other side’ of the same Church – with the sacramental and spiritual side. So…

  • Church Life,  Faith and Life,  Opinion,  World View

    An Uneasy Relationship

    I presently have something of an uneasy relationship with the Catholic Church. Or at least, with the institutional side of the Catholic Church. The issue is this – I have lost trust in it’s integrity and it’s compassion for the people of God, who are entrusted to it’s care. Conversely, I have no issue with the ‘Mystical Bride’ part of the Church – the sacramental and spiritual side of the Church. I believe firmly in God and in what the Church teaches, even though my view is that some of what it teaches could be done with a far greater degree of compassion than is presently the case. I pray…

  • Faith and Life,  General,  Opinion,  Politics,  World View

    The Fall of Empires

    Empires come and empires go; nothing lasts for ever, not even the greatest among us. All things pass. And today marks the end of the present British Government, now in it’s death throes. It has been enlightening to watch the news coverage of the fall of the Government over the last few days. This eventual fall did not really come as a surprise to anyone – the signs were there all the way along. But along with the fall came several important lessons. All of this came about as the result of the narcissism of one politician – one man who was determined to rule, but with neither the desire…

  • Opinion,  World View

    50 Years

    America has awoken today to a new reality – the constitutional right to abortion has been rescinded following a ruling by the Supreme Court. As a result of this change, America seems to be even more polarised today than it was yesterday. Having watched the on-going debate on this issue across the Pond, it has not always been edifying. Even as someone who cannot in conscience support abortion, I have been horrified to see so much self-satisfied gloating on the part of those who are delighted at the decision of the Supreme Court. Watching protestors outside an abortion clinic on the news last night, I saw not a shred of…