Wednesday, 27 February 2013


There has been a lot of speculation about what Pope Benedict will be remembered for after he retires tomorrow. In no particular order here are a few things I will remember him for:-
1. Anglicanorum Coetibus which has made provision for Anlicans to join the Catholic Church in the Oridinariate.and thereby promoting Christian Unity.
2. The beatifying of Blessed John Henry Newman, a hero of mine who worked with  another hero, John Keble, Professor of Poetry and Vicar of Hursley where one of my ancestors was the Organist. Newman and Keble were instrumental in setting up Tractarianism.and reviving the Catholic Faith in the CofE.
3. For coming to the UK.
4. For being a proficient musician and a cat lover.
5 For his books of great spirituality.
As Pope Benedict resigns we should uphold him in our prayers, as well as praying for those on whose shoulders rests the unenviable responsibility of choosing his successor that they will be guided by the Holy Spirit.


One of the most important precepts in British Justice is the presumption of innocence; a person is innocent until proven guilty. Regrettably this process is in danger with a media which assumes guilt on an accusation being made. Often this takes the form of guilt by innuendo. Of course the media have a right to investigate but it does not have the right to act as judge and jury particularly when either a case will come to court or is subject to a formal investigation.

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