23rd December 1983

23rd December 1983
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The Pope's Homely Christmas

WHILE PREPARING eight major sermons and allowing extra hours for festive prayer, Pope John Paul will still find time this weekend for Christmas trees, carols and many of the......

Cardinal's Plea For Renewal At Christmas

by Jonathan Petre THE SECRET of .Christmas is not that we expect the world to change, but that we have the chance to become neiv people, says Cardinal Basil Hume in his......

Polish Police Attack Crowds After Mass

WORSHIPPERS walking home from Mass in Gdansk at the weekend were baton-charged by Polish police. Fr Henryk Jankowski, Lech Walesa's parish priest, prayed for the workers killed......

Bank Scrutineers Disagree

From Desmond O'Grady in Rome THE JOIN] Vatican-Italian commission on the Vatican Bank (10R)-Ambrosiano Bank affair is believed to have agreed to disagree. Italian press reports......

Parishes Mourn Bomb Victims

by Christopher Howse CATHOLIC parishes this week mourned victims of Saturday's IRA bomb at Harrods. Sergeant Noel I.ane, 28, and Mr Philip Geddes, 24, who died in the bombing,......

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Steam Up In The Engine Room

Thorny problem : Archbishop Milingo. TO THE outside world — which often means those people on the outside of the television screen — Pope John Paul seems to have spent most of......

A Hopeful Lurch Of The Ecclesiastical Machinery

ENGLAND in 1984, we can now be sure, will not be the grey world of doublethink and doublespeak, where every action is monitored by a brutal totalitarian regime, prophetised by......

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The Year In Brief

January. THE POPE names 18 Cardinals, including Jozef Giemp of Warsaw, Jean-Marie Lustiger of Paris and Henri de Lubac, the theologian, but not Paul Marcinkus, the Vatican......

The Sleeping Giant Awakes At Last

IN MY PEACE review for 1982 I concluded by saying "1983 could be a very interesting year for the Christian peace movement." I have not been proved wrong. Thanks in many ways......

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A Nation Waiting To Make A Break

POLAND IS the test, Belloc said. If before the War it was sandwiched between the barbarisms of Stalinism and Nazism; now it is hedged round by the pragmatic socialism of the......

Some Personal Views By Public People From 1983 Victoria...

AT THE moment contraception is almost like a civil right to some people. It has become part of their daily lives. Saying it is wrong is like trying to convince people that......

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Forty Years Stuck In The Same Temptation

by Tim Beaumont WE HAVE just entered the season of goodwill and nuclear destruction. Perhaps that is too crude a way of expressing it but I find it both distressing and helpful......

God's Blinding Light

Piercing the dark cloud of unknowing IN SEARCHING for meaning and purpose in life, we are trying to catch glimpses of the glory of God. We cannot look directly at the sun with......

Game For Children

WHEN ADULTS play hide and seek with young children, the children can never lose. It would be a had game if adults hid in some place where they could not be found. We make......

Finding God Away From Worldly Tension

WHAT lies deepest in the heart of man, in all that he does and in the manner of his thinking, is his striving to discover meaning, to escape from the absurd. The mind of man is......

A Family Embracing God Made Man

Scripture Notebook Nicholas King SJ Feast of the Holy Family Ecclesiasticus 3:2-6.12-14 Colossians 3:12-21 Matthew 2:13-15. 19-23 THIS GREAT feast is normally celebrated on......

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Herald

Evil amid the holiness BEFORE YOU read these words over the Christmas weekend there may have been more horrendous news of death is and maimings by terrorist bombings. No one......

University Chaplains Comment

I READ with interest the article on public school lapsing, Dec 6, as University Chaplains arc keenly aware of how many young people arrive alienated from the institutional......

Spreading The Message Of Fresh Life And Renewed Hope

Fr Thomas Nulty, national chaplain of the Catholic Nurses Guild of England and Wales, calls on members and others to help in making known the real meaning of Christmas. My dear......

Question Box

1111 , art Fresh attitude to Luther How can Luther be so tolerantly referred to (by John Paul II in Rome recently) when he revolted against the papacy? T. W. IT SEEMS to me......

No Secret Societies

l'HANK GOODNESS the position on Freemasonry has been made precise again. For a Catholic, it should not matter whether the group concerned are, or arc not involved in......

As One Who Was Baptised Livithin The Catholic Church. And

a member of an old Lancashire Catholic family, but brought up an Anglican. I deplore the Vatican ban on Catholics to join the Masons. The Catholic Church is turning the clock......

Exclusion Of Women And Social Conventions

HOW on earth can Kevin O'Donnell, Dec 9, or anyone else know with certainty that Our Lord's not including women among the Apostles was merely due to the social conventions of......

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Brushing Up For The Nativity_

IT WOULD seem that Father Christmas has little on his hands compared with the great preparations which take place in Bethlehem each year. This famous town, in fact, celebrates......

A Gospel Experience On Galilee Beach

WHEN I went to the Holy Land in 1973 on a diocesan pilgrimage I remember we had 10 days in which to fit in as much as was physically possible of this quite unique land. At the......

Instrumental Perfection

HERE WE are at the dawn of George Orwell's doom-laden year of 1984. Really„ 1983 is over. Even the 1983 London Film Festival is over, though by no means done with. lt exposed or......

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Mole From The

demonic ranks The Gravedigger File by Os Guinness (Hodder & Stoughton, £4.95). THE Gravedigger File presents itself as papers handed over to a friend by a quondam agent at his......

Open Season Action

on nuns As Once in Max. the Fairly' Autobiography of Antonia White and Other writings, Edited by Susan Chitty (Virago Press £10.95). EDITING THIS collection of her mother's......

Story From Gdansk

Next to God . . . Poland by Rogden Szajkowski (Francis Pinter, £9.95). The Polish Revolution, Solidarity 1980-82 by Timothy Garton Ash (Jonathan Cape, £12.50). When Fish Begin......

A Far Cry From The Twenties Mastodons

Kid — star of the royal wedding. My First Forty Years, by Placid° Domingo (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £9.95). Kid, by David Fingleton (Arrow Books, £2.50). NOTHING Like it had......

Theatre

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Phoenix Theatre. BEING a children's pantomime Snow White perhaps would be more aptly reviewed by a person of lesser years, so here are the......

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Crabby Cabbie's Famous Grouse

I WAS about to begin with "My minicab driver" when 1 realised he wasn't my minicab driver at all but the minicab driver who happened to be driving me from one part of London to......

Fantastically Belated Red Arrows

I SPEND so much of my time in taxis, minicabs and aeroplanes, you'll have to forgive them popping up so often in my thoughts. Those of you who've been to London recently will,......

Turning A Blind Eye To Lung Cancer

ADAM Raphael is a financial journalist of skill who makes many a heavy subject light for the Observer newspaper. In the same edition where Mgr Bruce Kent laid a pretty sharp......

Mosley, The Jews And The Press Barons

diarttrhouse be: Chronicle THL LATEST revelations about Sir Oswald Mosley are interesting are they not? His style of answering his 1940 interrogators contrasts sharply with......

The Innocence Of George Vi

THERE IS an echo of all this in a recently published book called Sam White's Paris. In 1980, White visited the Mosleys when they were living just outside the French capital.......

Prince Rainier The 'autocrat'

THERE IS much else of interest in Sam White's book, which is a collection of his despatches from Paris for a period of over thirty years. He is not very complimentary about......

Professional Objectives

ONE CLUTCHES at every straw, however whispy, when it comes to the problem of unemployment. The other day, for example I heard, by pure chance, of a scheme which could be of......

A Candle Shining For The Homeless

Christmas is busier than ever at Providence Row hostel, writes Terence Sheehy NOT SO LONG ago it was a universal custom for every cottage in rural Ireland to have a lighted......

Tireless Service Of A Catholic Layman

Don Edward Cruise, OSB, pays tribute to the memory of Lawrence Redmond Roche LAWRENCE REDMOND ROCHE was born in 1909 and was educated at Beaumont and Universit) College Oxford......