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For the person who is in pain:
Tomorrow in the British House of Commons a study called “Contemporary Catholicism in England and Wales” will be presented to the members. In the study Stephen Bullivant, senior lecturer in theology and ethics at St Mary’s Catholic University in London, analyses data collected over three decades for a survey of “British Social Attitudes.”
In his comments on my blog Paul T. goes on to challenge my conviction that in the church we seek to enable all people to find their way to a heart that is open to the divine Presence.
Paul T.’s litany of complaints against any formal, institutional expression of religious belief, covers the gamut of villains in religious institutional life.
Dear Craig and Mark,
In the wonderful world of blogging, comments occasionally appear from totally unknown sources. I do not know how Paul T. found IASP, or why he stopped by to read, but his comment yesterday tweaked my interest.
Further points on yesterday’s “‘Why’ of Church”:
Church exists to enable all people to allow their hearts to open and become responsive to
the mysterious divine Presence at the heart of all creation.
At our recent Diocese of BC Clergy Conference, our Bishop showed a clip from a TED Talk by Simon Sinek.
One of my favourite critics will dismiss the headline saying, “Well it is only ‘Salon’.”
Janet Marshall’s description at our recent Diocese of BC Clergy Conference of the current context in which we are attempting to do church, merits serious consideration for anyone attempting to do ministry in the real world.