Posts tagged Bishops

Bishops’ Conference Statement on Safeguarding

The account given in the IICSA Report of abuse known to be inflicted on children in the Catholic Church in England and Wales in the past 50 years is shocking and overwhelming. At our meeting this week, we Bishops have stood together in profound shame. We express our sorrow and contrition before God. We have […]

Statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon (Archbishop of Liverpool) issued a statement following the approval of new Regulations on 4 November which enforce national restrictions on movement, association and commerce. The cardinal is President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and Archbishop McMahon is Vice-President. Today, Parliament passed into law the […]

Statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference

It is a source of deep anguish now that the Government is requiring, once again, the cessation of public communal worship.

Bishops’ statement on abortion

This statement , published by the Catholic Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 UK Abortion Act, is addressed not only to Catholics of our countries, but more broadly to all people who seek to uphold the dignity of human life and protect the unborn child. […]

The Shepherd of the Ordinariate.

I have been thinking some more about the Catholic theology of bishops. What does this mean for us in the Ordinariate? Our diocese is non-geographical. We have local groups spread over the country. We have an Ordinary who embodies the mission of the Ordinariate, given to him by the Holy Father as our shepherd. As […]

The Shepherds, the Sheep and the local Church

Last Sunday, we contemplated the Good Shepherd. He knows his sheep, calls them to follow him and protects them, laying down his life. This image is one that crops up time and time again. Jesus is drawing on an Old Testament tradition. God’s relationship to the People of Israel is described in these terms. It […]