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This month we publish a significant document which sets out the theological and ecclesiological principles which will guide our future as traditional Catholics living out our vocation and discipleship within the Church of England. We hope that this text (‘Communion [...]

touching place

ST JAMES THE GREAT, SOUTH LEIGH, OXON At first sight, South Leigh church does not seem to be anything out of the ordinary. The Oxford architect William Orchard may have designed the late 15th c. W tower (bearing a nice [...]

Book of the month

John Twisleton enjoys a fine spiritual memoir AN ENGLISH SPRING Memoirs Cormac Murphy-O’Connor Bloomsbury Continuum, 240pp, hbk 978 1472913142, £20 ‘Have we any right to take it strange, if, in this English land, the spring-time of the Church should turn [...]

the way we live now

Christopher Smith wonders where certain people should be focusing their attention Politics has continued to hold the nation’s interest even after May’s general election. Even in the depths of what journalists like to call the ‘silly season’ (August to you [...]


Missing the Point In their efforts to provide new and unusual interpretations, directors often miss the point, writes Tom Sutcliffe As one of 50 critics answering a series of questions about the previous opera season’s high and low points for [...]

Ghostly Counsel

Stopping Andy Hawes is Warden of Edenham Regional Retreat House Recently I found myself asking someone (who was retired from paid work and worked for a voluntary organization) ‘What is stopping you from stopping still?’ This was someone who had [...]


Treasure in the backyard Arthur Middleton The gift, which we have received from Jesus Christ in holy Baptism, is not destroyed, but is only buried as a treasure in the ground. And both common sense and gratitude demand that we [...]


Arthur Middleton on Scripture, tradition and reason Michael Ramsey claimed that it was the nature of Elizabethan theology, rather than imitation of Hooker in the style of Lutherans to Luther or Calvinists to Calvin, that made it possible to appeal [...]

Eighty years on

J. Alan Smith reflects on his family’s experience of the Second World War Writing this article in early August, I am looking forward to the Assumption Festival of the Epping & South-West Essex Branch of the Church Union, of which [...]

St Michael – 2

Medieval artists used all the means at their disposal to depict St Michael, not just screen paintings (ND Sept 2011). He is is often shown weighing souls in places like the Wenhaston Doom (ND Dec 2012) and in stained glass. [...]

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