Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Arthur Roche to lead the Holy See’s department for liturgy, making him the top-ranking English priest in the Curia. His appointment represents an overhaul of the office which oversees the practice of worship across the global Church. 


James Taylor

Download: MAY 28 Youve got a friend
Chris McDonnell CT May 28th 2021.

In a song made famous by the singer James Taylor, Carole King wrote of friendship. The opening verse says it all

When you're down and troubled
And you need some lovin' care
And nothin', nothin' is goin' right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night
You just call out my name
And you know, wherever I am
I'll come runnin'
To see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there
You've got a friend

Bob Dylan

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Hans Küng

Download: MAY 21 Prophecy in our time
Chris McDonnell CT May 21. 2021.


To continue after a brief interruption…

My absence from this column happened to coincide with the passing of the theologian Hans Kung who died in early April at the age of 93. Many column inches were written on his extraordinary life for he was indeed an extraordinary man.

Critical of the Church he loved, he remained loyal through many tribulations, a priest in good standing in spite of his harsh treatment by those in authority. He just continued to ask questions that promoted thought and reflection. In consequence his licence to teach theology at a Catholic University was withdrawn by John Paul II in 1979. It would have been an act of generosity had that been restored in recent years in recognition of his significant contribution to the theology of our time. Some 17 years earlier John XXIII had named him a peritus, an expert advisor at the start of the Vatican Council. That visionary Bishop of Rome recognized in Kung those qualities that undoubtedly foreshadowed the prophetic nature of the man that we came to know through his teaching and extensive written publications in subsequent years.