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Catholic Bishops' Conference Podcasts

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Tackling Food Poverty

November 06, 2020 11:59 - 9 minutes

This 'Catholic News' podcast on food poverty was recorded just before the second national lockdown in England to tackle the spread of COVID-19. Food poverty is a real issue just now - especially as many have lost their jobs, the economy is stretched and job security is a major cause of anxiety. An increasing number of people rely on food banks to feed their families. Catholic charities, parishes and volunteers have a big role to play. They also work closely with other organisations whose ...

Domestic Abuse

February 04, 2020 19:53 - 30 minutes - 25.3 MB

Domestic abuse is the difficult subject we're tackling in this month's 'Social Justice Matters' podcast. One in four women and about one in six men suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime. Two women are killed every week in England by a partner or ex-partner. Back in June 2019, we held a panel discussion looking at what we can do to positively change the culture on domestic abuse in families, at work, and in our churches. Listen to the full discussion.

Domestic Abuse

February 04, 2020 19:53 - 30 minutes - 25.3 MB

Domestic abuse is the difficult subject we're tackling in this month's 'Social Justice Matters' podcast. One in four women and about one in six men suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime. Two women are killed every week in England by a partner or ex-partner. Back in June 2019, we held a panel discussion looking at what we can do to positively change the culture on domestic abuse in families, at work, and in our churches. Listen to the full discussion.

Newman on Christian Doctrine

October 20, 2019 08:25 - 7 minutes

Today's reflection for our 'Journeying With Newman' podcast series is notable as it's the first episode released after the canonisation. John Henry Newman is now a saint. Dr. Andrew Meszaros is a lecturer in Systematic Theology at Ireland’s Pontifical University, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. His focus falls today on Newman's Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. "The power of Newman’s prose comes, in part, from the cumulative weight that accrues from all his examples of how...

Newman on the Church as the Guardian of Truth

October 13, 2019 08:35 - 5 minutes

Historian and commentator Joanna Bogle gives us an entertaining and insightful reflection on Newman and the Church with a particular historical focus on the church history as the guardian of truth. "[The Church] is glorious in her cherishing of truth: we cannot, we must not, ever allow ourselves to do less than honour her. Her story is a great one. Saints and martyrs, heroes and heroines, great missionary endeavours, glorious art and music, the foundations of modern sciences and of the grea...

Mental Health, Faith and Philosophy

October 10, 2019 13:51 - 23 minutes - 32.7 MB

More and more people are struggling to cope with their mental health. We face rising rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm - especially in young people. The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have a Mental Health Project that aims to increase spiritual and pastoral support in our communities for those with mental health challenges, their families and carers. For today's 'Social Justice Matters' podcast we caught up with Dr Simon Hewitt from the School of Philosophy, Religion and Hi...

Mental Health, Faith and Philosophy

October 10, 2019 13:51 - 23 minutes - 32.7 MB

More and more people are struggling to cope with their mental health. We face rising rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm - especially in young people. The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have a Mental Health Project that aims to increase spiritual and pastoral support in our communities for those with mental health challenges, their families and carers. For today's 'Social Justice Matters' podcast we caught up with Dr Simon Hewitt from the School of Philosophy...

Newman on the Truth in Religion

October 06, 2019 08:45 - 5 minutes

Today's 'Journeying With Newman' podcast is a reflection from Fortunato Morrone - a parish priest from Italy and teacher of Systematic Theology at the Calabrian Theological Institute.   Fr Morrone looks at the famous “Biglietto” Speech John Henry Newman gave in Rome when he learned he was to be elevated to the rank of Cardinal.   "Newman reminds us that if we deny truth, faith is reduced to a private sentiment, or to a fundamentalist vision without relevance - ineffectual for our societi...

Newman On The Church Visible and Invisible

September 29, 2019 08:45 - 4 minutes

Our contributor for today's 'Journeying With Newman' podcast is Elizabeth Huddleston, the Managing Editor of the Newman Studies Journal – an interdisciplinary research publication dedicated to the life, work, and thought of John Henry Newman and its relevance for our time. Elizabeth is looking at Sermon 16 of Cardinal Newman's Parochial and Plain Sermons. It examines 'The Church Visible and Invisible'. "Newman emphasised throughout his writings that the church is comprised of both of our E...

Newman On Conscience

September 22, 2019 08:45 - 6 minutes

Fr Paul Pearson of the Toronto Oratory looks at John Henry Newman's reflections on conscience. "Conscience bows to no man, it acknowledges no authority but that of truth itself. It grants us a freedom for the truth but not a freedom from the truth. Catholics live up to their human freedom and dignity by searching diligently for the truth. They are not to be denigrated as slaves because they are convinced that they have found truth at its very source. "The same dignity of conscience that ca...

The Humour of John Henry Newman

September 16, 2019 08:45 - 8 minutes

Zachariah Heritage, a novice at the Birmingham Oratory, looks at the humour of Cardinal Newman. Saint Philip Neri, founder of the Oratory, was the saint who kept a jokebook close at hand to soothe his spiritual ecstasies; who shaved off half his beard and went around Rome to make a fool of himself; who refused to be made a cardinal, but kept the red hat he was sent and used it for practical jokes. Yet John Henry Newman himself was no stranger to humour: "In Saint Philip and in Newman, this...

Newman on Our Definite Service

September 09, 2019 08:05 - 6 minutes

Chris Altieri, the Rome Bureau Chief for the Catholic Herald, describes the Church as "in a rough patch". Covering the Catholic Church as a journalist - working at the heart of Mother Church in Rome - Chris has the gruelling and often thankless task of finding the facts behind the stories and presenting Vatican news clearly and honestly. John Henry Newman knew God has a specific plan for all of us, but how can we put our best foot forward in our mission? "In good times and in bad, the ans...

Newman On Ireland

September 02, 2019 09:05 - 8 minutes

Father Francis Gavin was born and raised in Dublin and is a priest of the Birmingham Oratory. He is perfectly placed, therefore, to offer today's reflection on Newman and Ireland. When we talk about Newman and Ireland, we usually dwell on his time in Dublin when he worked to establish a Catholic University there. While the university didn’t succeed quite as Newman had wished, the discourses which Newman gave during this time, and which were later collected together as The Idea of the Univer...

Newman on God's Protection

August 26, 2019 08:30 - 6 minutes

Today we're looking at Newman's famous hymn Lead Kindly Light and God's protection in the face of adversity. Fr Michael Halsall is a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. A former Anglican minister, Fr Michael spent six years as a Chaplain in the British Army, serving on front line operations in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. It was this latter deployment that Lead Kindly Light took on a new significance. Attached to an Artillery regiment, supporting soldiers spiritual...

Blood and Organ Donation

August 23, 2019 11:04 - 22 minutes - 10.4 MB

What's the Catholic Church's position on blood and organ donation? A law change will come into force in England in 2020 whereby the system will change to 'opt out' or 'deemed consent'. This means that every patient who dies is considered a potential organ donor if they are eligible. In this first ever 'Social Justice Matters' podcast, we discuss the law change, what we'd encourage you to do and speak to the remarkable Mary Adeturinmo who has sickle cell anaemia and needs blood transfusions o...

Blood and Organ Donation

August 23, 2019 11:04 - 22 minutes - 10.4 MB

What's the Catholic Church's position on blood and organ donation? A law change will come into force in England in 2020 whereby the system will change to 'opt out' or 'deemed consent'. This means that every patient who dies is considered a potential organ donor if they are eligible. In this first ever 'Social Justice Matters' podcast, we discuss the law change, what we'd encourage you to do and speak to the remarkable Mary Adeturinmo who has sickle cell anaemia and needs blo...

Newman On Reason

August 19, 2019 11:36 - 6 minutes

Who better to talk about John Henry Newman and the debate around faith and reason than the Theologian of the Papal Household? Dominican Father Wojciech Giertych OP has served the Pontifical Household since 2005 – covering the pontificates of both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Fr Giertych gives us an academic yet accessible reflection. "Newman stressed the autonomy of faith and of the rational mind, insisting that the two are not to be confused. Believers engage with God because they...

Newman On The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15, 2019 15:54 - 8 minutes

Today, on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we have a special 'Journeying With Newman' podcast reflecting on this great feast day. Dr Rebekah Lamb, a lecturer in Theology and the Arts at St Mary's School of Divinity in the University of St Andrews, has long-nurtured a personal devotion to Newman - since attending the Toronto Oratory. Here Rebekah talks about what John Henry Newman had to say about Mary in his meditations and devotions.

Newman On The Holy Spirit

August 12, 2019 09:00 - 5 minutes

Fr Simon Gaine OP is a Dominican friar, based at Blackfriars in Oxford.  He became a Catholic while an Oxford undergraduate, encouraged by the writing and example of John Henry Newman. His focus today is on the Holy Spirit - or the Holy Ghost as the spirit was known in Newman's time. "In his teaching on the grace of the Holy Spirit, Newman still speaks powerfully to us, showing us how the work of theology can point beyond conventional divisions to restate the truth of Catholic tradition ane...

Newman On The Drama of Existence

August 05, 2019 09:00 - 6 minutes

Many of our contributors have a strong personal connection with John Henry Newman. Today's reflection comes from Dr Victoria Newman Seed, a lecturer in philosophy currently working at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. "As a young lecturer named Newman I was intrigued by the work of the Venerable Newman, as he then was, particularly on conscience, but what truly captivated me, and has kept me his devoted acolyte, is Newman’s ability to make the same truths he discussed i...

Newman On The Blessed Virgin Mary

July 29, 2019 09:00 - 6 minutes

Walking in the footsteps of John Henry Newman today, literally, is Will Lamb - an Anglican priest and vicar of the university church in Oxford, St Mary's, where Newman was the vicar from 1828 to 1843. The quotation from  Newman's work that is the focus of this podcast comes from one of his university sermons - a sermon preached at St Mary's - on a passage from Luke's Gospel. on the Virgin Mary.    

Newman On The Married And The Single

July 22, 2019 09:00 - 6 minutes

We've heard podcast reflections from a number of academics contributing to our 'Journeying With Newman' series. Today's a little different as we listen to Dr Joanna Bullivant and her husband Dr Stephen Bullivant.  Stephen's Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion at St Mary's University and Joanna's a lecturer at Oxford University. With the kids asleep at the time of recording, Stephen and Joanna were able to record a reflection on a passage from  John Henry Newman’s translation ...

Newman On The Influence Of Truth

July 15, 2019 17:20 - 4 minutes

Brother Reed Frey gives this reflection on John Henry Newman and the influence of truth. Brother Frey is a seminarian studying for the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States. "The concern of Newman to 'touch hearts' runs throughout his life and work. We can think here of the motto he took upon his elevation to the rank of Cardinal: 'Heart speaks unto heart'. He cared deeply about other people, and he related to them in the most intimate way. He knew this...

Newman On The Laity

July 08, 2019 11:50 - 7 minutes

Catholic priest and former physician Fr Juan Velez gives us his reflection on Newman and the laity. Fr Velez lives in Miami, Florida, and is a priest of Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church. He is the author of 'Passion for Truth, the Life of John Henry Newman'.

Newman On The Motherhood Of Mary

June 30, 2019 18:54 - 7 minutes

Two approved miracles are required to be declared a saint. The second miracle - paving the way for John Henry Newman's canonisation - came after Melissa Villalobos was miraculously cured during her pregnancy. In this reflection, she looks at Newman's teaching on the motherhood of Mary.

Newman On Our Purpose

June 20, 2019 15:34 - 8 minutes

Fr Ignatius Harrison, Provost of the Birmingham Oratory where John Henry Newman lived, gives a reflection on Newman's writings on God's providence and the unique plan He has for all of us.

Newman On Forgiveness

June 06, 2019 14:22 - 7 minutes

Fr Joe McCullough, Chaplain at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, gives a reflection on John Henry Newman's writings on Forgiveness. Fr Joe's brother Patrick was tragically murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in 1972 at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Newman On Education

June 04, 2019 10:28 - 6 minutes

Joseph Harrison, a pupil at the London Oratory School who is soon to attend Newman's College in Oxford, Oriel, gives a personal reflection on John Henry Newman on Education.

Newman On Saints

May 24, 2019 10:57 - 5 minutes

Fr George Bowen of the Brompton Oratory, London, gives a reflection on John Henry Newman on Saints. As a particular inspiration, Fr Bowen looks at Elgar's 'The Dream of Gerontius' set to a poem by Newman.

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