A spiritual writer in the U.S. sent me this.

I did not kill Jesus;

please stop blaming me for his death.

And Jesus did not die on my behalf,

He was mailed to the cross

by the hierarchy of his day

because He was a threat to them.

If everyone followed Jesus’ teachings

the hierarchs would lose control.

My concept of God

is not one that required the death of someone

to love us again.

The notion of Jesus sacrificed

to appease a god

is primitive

and barbaric.

My Advent Reflection in Newport

This evening, at five o’clock, we had a lovely hour of music and reflection for Advent in the local pub. Siobhan sang and played the harp, and Eamonn played the flute. Margaret read some poetry. Dispite the bad weather a large group turned up.

I did three periods of reflection.

The first one was very much an Advent theme;  patient waiting; trying to get in tune with the rhythms of life and nature, and so to become aware that the best and most wonderful things in life cannot be rushed or grasped at.

Another embittered cardinal threatens the Pope

 

The Vatican’s former doctrinal chief warns Pope Francis of a looming schism. He’s the fourth man with a red hat to raise the possibility of a major split in the Church. What’s behind this ominous threat?

Robert Mickens, Rome

December 1, 2017

Pope Francis is about to conclude his history-making visit to Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh.

But just hours before he even embarked on his 21st journey abroad last Sunday, Italy’s most authoritative daily newspaper published an interview with Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

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