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A Correspondent sent me the following email.

Dear Tony,
Recently I came into possession of my local parish news letter.  I was astonished to see a long paragraph promoting the practice of seeking indulgences. The piece was worded like a legal document, outlining conditions and qualifications needed to get hold of one of these. I had thought that such doctrines were a relic of the past – but obviously not !
While I was interested to read your recent post about the meeting in Birmingham I can’t escape the conclusion that such well meaning movements are doomed to failure and are not going to change anything in Catholicism.

Is Benedict orchestrating the opposition to Francis?

This is a strange, and extremely interesting, time in the Catholic Church. Two things I have been reading about recently have caught my attention in particular.

Both have in their separate ways to do with the opposition to Pope Francis, which has been building up in recent times. I have lived through most of my adult life during the time when popes were traditional and conservative, and when there was  a concerted effort to row back on the teaching of the Second Vatican Council.

ACTA Conference in Birmingham; a fuller account.

On Saturday October 21st last I was one of the speakers at a conference in Birmingham organized by ACTA, the Catholic Church Reform Movement of England and Wales. It was a marvelous event, with a packed hall of over two hundred people in attendance, representing every diocese in the two countries. The main theme of the day was to reflect on the future of parishes in the context of the rapid decline in numbers of priests available for ministry.

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