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Archbishop Peter Smith talks about the Apostles, the history of the Church and moving to Southwark

Full text of my interview with Archbishop Smith. I left out some sections because I was taking too long with transcribing. NB It is all pretty rough. If there are gramatical errors or spelling mistakes, please ignore them.

How does it feel to be coming home?

To be honest I have mixed feelings about it. I was well settled in Wales. It was a very sensitive situation when I first got there after the resignation of Archbishop Ward, so I got kind of parachuted in. It was quite difficult. But over the eight and a half years I’ve been there I’ve got to know the priests and the people. And they’re a great lot.

They’ve got a great faith and a great sense of humour. But I don’t think they could quite work me out as when I first came. They weren’t used to it I think. I’ll miss them an awful lot. It’s a much smaller diocese than this, not geographically but in terms of numbers which makes it easier for the bishop to get to know people. And the other thing when I went there was that there was virtually no relationship with the local media.

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June 11, 2010 at 8:00 am

American-style culture wars in British politics?

A Catholic Liberal Democrat MP has been targeted by a leafleting campaign for voting according to his conscience on questions of abortion and on the Equality Act.

Leaflets produced by the Conservative Party candidate for Leeds North West attacked Greg Mulholland, the standing MP for the constituency, for his pro-life record and his voting record on amendments to schedule nine of the Equality Act which left existing legislation protecting the rights of religious groups in place. Mr Mulholland consistently voted for pro-life amendments when the HFE Bill was being discussed and has abstained from voting on questions of gay rights.

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May 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm

The Christian comic book and the Manga Messiah

It is not unusual to see a grown man read a comic book in France. While  the graphic novel and the manga cartoon are a burgeoning part of our subculture and comic books are the demesne of children, our friends on the other side of La Manche have had a passion for the Bande Dessinée for years.

A few of course have made it over: the (Belgian) reporter Tintin, Asterix and Obelix and Lucky Luke are among the more famous BDs to come from the Continent, but there are many many more. In a culture where the comic book is mainstream it is hardly surprising then, that Christian churches have organised a festival of “la bande dessinée chrétienne” which goes from January 28 to 31.

And the prize for the Christian comic book was awarded to Manga Messiah, a collection of 14 books which take stories from the New Testament. They were drawn by Kozumi Shinozawa who was born in Japan in 1970. She moved to the United States and was baptised in June 2004. Her conversion has deeply influenced her work.

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December 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Is Cormac Murphy-O’Connor the most powerful priest in England and Wales?

If the long-drawn deliberations over Archbishop Vincent Nichols’s appointment to Westminster are anything to go by, then Rome struggles for reliable information about the on-the-ground situation in Albion. With Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor at the table and the Nuncio Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz by his side, the bishops will have someone present as they deliberate to advise them. As a member of the Congregation for Bishops, the cardinal will also have a veto on names put forward on any terna. Even if he reaches Roman retirement age in three years time, he will be able to influence a great number of decisions which will directly affect the appointments made to England and Wales.

Next year Bishop Edwin Regan of Wrexham diocese faces retirement while in 2011, Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood, Hallam’s Bishop John Rawsthorne, Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth and Shrewsbury’s Bishop Brian Noble are all due to step down. In 2012 and 2013 Plymouth’s bishop Christopher Budd and Salford’s Terrence Brain respectively retire.

Anglican speculations…(cont.)

5752391There’s been a lot of speculation about married men and the Catholic priesthood. It’s not so long ago that people would have thought it unthinkable that married Anglican clergy could become (Roman)Catholic priests, but this happens quite often now when an Anglican clergyman converts to Catholicism.

Perhaps the most novel aspect of the Anglican provision–barring the novelty of the new structure–is the idea that Catholics in the Ordinariate will be able to put forward seminarians for ordination. While it is likely that ordinariates will hold themselves to the Church’s teaching on priestly celibacy, married men will be able to be put forward for the priesthood on a case by case basis (and with the permission of course of the local bishops’), somewhat along the lines of the Eastern Rite model.

Could this be preparing the way for a Catholic-Orthodox reunion?

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October 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

The Pope is not hot, he’s cool..

Pope in Baseball capSo Pope Benedict XVI ranks just above Kim Jong Il on an internet poll about the Hottest Heads of State, which makes him second to last on the list. Given that the term “hot” can be used as a measure of sexiness, this is probably a good thing. It would be pretty weird to have a spiritual leader who was also considered to be something of dish.

But hot—used in the way the disreputable Miss Hilton uses it (hahht)—can of course also mean cool. And as things stand, he’s one of the coolest guys around.

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October 14, 2009 at 10:53 am