Yes. I am sorry but it is true.Another "Catholic" celebrity bites the dust. Anyone doubting this should check out the Desert Island Discs broadcast on the BBC i-player. What this poor lady fails to recognise is that when God gives someone a particular vocation it is for a particular purpose. In the case of a hermit it may well be to prevent them causing scandal by what they may say or do in public.
Sister Wendy Beckett clearly supports the view that on subjects like abortion, contraception and women priests the Church takes time to adjust- with the obvious implication that the world is right on these matters!
In art, The Tree of Jesse is a depiction of the Ancestors of Christ (Matt.1.1-25)- a family tree showing descent from Jesse, the father of King David and illustrating the prophecy of Isaiah, “A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse…” (Isaiah 1.11). Among its earliest representations in stained glass are those of Abbot Suger’s Saint Denis, near Paris and of the West Front of Chartres Cathedral (12th Century). A very fine example dated 1533, and a remarkable survival, is to be found in the church of St Dyfnog at Llanrhaeadr in Denbighshire. Probably the finest medieval stained glass window in Wales, its two lowest registers shown here, depict at the bottom, the recumbent Jesse from whom the tree sprouts and, above him, the royal figures of David (with harp), Solomon (with temple) and Rehoboam.
Statement by Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Peter Smith on
the government response to the same sex marriage consultation.
Archbishop Nichols is President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of
England and Wales. Archbishop Smith is Vice-President. ..................... The
meaning of marriage matters. It derives that meaning from its function
as the foundation of the family. The union of one man and one woman for
love and mutual support and open to procreation has over the centuries
formed a stable unit we call the family. Marriage is the enduring public
recognition of this commitment and has been rightly recognised as
unique and worthy of legal protection. The government has chosen
to ignore the views of over 600,000 people who signed a petition calling
for the current definition of marriage to stay, and we are told
legislation to change the definition of marriage will now come to
Parliament. We strongly oppose such a Bill. Furthermore, the
process by which this has happened can only be described as shambolic.
There was no electoral mandate in any manifesto; no mention in the
Queen’s speech; no serious or thorough consultation through a Green or
White paper, and a constant shifting of policy before even the
government response to the consultation was published today. We
urge everyone who cares about upholding the meaning of marriage in civil
law to make their views known to their MPs clearly, calmly and
forcefully, and without impugning the motives of others. We urge all
parties to ensure their Members have a free vote. It is not too late to
stop this Bill. My thoughts: I am not sure how one can express one's views on this subject without impugning the motives of those responsible for this utterly abhorrent project. What kind of cess-pit of a mind conceives of an equivalence between the depravity of perverts and marriage?