The general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Mario Grech, has praised the Liverpool Synod for modelling the synodal process by walking together, listening and discerning.

In a message to the synod, Cardinal Grech said: “I am convinced that during this synodal experience you have learnt that although you were asked to take a ‘vote’, the synod is neither a parliament nor a convention but, as Pope Francis insists, it is ‘an expression of the Church’. It is a Church that walks together and reads reality with the eyes of faith and the heart of God.”

Download: The Table of the Lord JUNE20

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, with the Universe media group closing, my CT column is at an end.


For the last few weeks, La Croix international website has been carrying my pieces. This is the web presence linked to the French paper La Croix. The English language text is edited by Robert Mickens who is based in Rome.

I have now arranged to write a weekend column for La Croix, the first one of which is attached. Some of you on this circulation list I know subscribe to La Croix so you might pick my articles directly. Either way, I hope you will continue to enjoy your weekly read.

Nick Weeks

Of your charity please pray for the repose of the soul of Nick Weeks who died this morning 24/06/2021.  NIck Weeks worked for many years for the Education Service in the Lancaster Diocese.  

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Please remember Christine in your prayers too.

Archbishop MacMahon OP

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Last weekend our synodal process, Synod 2020 - Together on the Road, reached its climax in a great gathering of synod members which took place online because of the pandemic.  It was a truly amazing event with contributions from the papal nuncio, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, and Cardinal Mario Grech, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, Dr Jessie Rogers from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in Ireland, and, most importantly, from the synod members themselves.  In a truly wonderful way, all this took place online using Zoom which brought together over 400 members, observers, and contributors.

Download: A New Lectionary - Tom O'Loughlin

A New Lectionary: is it a matter of picking a version? By Thomas O’Loughlin Introduction The Tablet recently reported that the Australian bishops are now – like so many other English-language episcopal conferences – thinking about a new translation of the scriptures for use in the liturgy. This is a process that is commonly, but inaccurately, referred to as having ‘a new lectionary.’ In this debate there will be shouts from many sides in this form: ‘I am for Jerusalem Bible!’ I am for English Standard Version!’ ‘I am for formal equivalence!’ or ‘I am for inclusive language!’ It is all reminiscent of Corinth in the mid-first century CE and disputes about the baptism of Paul and that of Apollos. But is there a more basic question to answer? The debate about ‘which version’ – for all its validity – distracts everyone (bishops included) from recognising many other real problems that reading the scriptures in a lectionary poses. With all the focus on ‘which translation,’ we are missing the bigger issue. Do we need more than one translation?