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11-WRITERS

A rich history of stirring stories

May 19th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

LAST winter, Martin Scorsese’s masterful historical epic Silence brought Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel of the same name to the big screen. This mesmerising drama follows the mission of two 17th-century Jesuit priests from Portugal to Japan, where they search for their missing mentor under threat of execution by the violently anti-Christian Tokugawa shogunate. Mr Scorsese’s film has introduced a whole new generation to the power of the Catholic imagination to create gripping tales of sin, sex, and salvation. Especially striking is this film’s (and the original novel’s) depiction of underground Christianity in the ‘mudwamp’ of Japan. Alongside the morally ambiguous ... continue reading.
10-COMMUNION

The tricky line a priest must walk in a new parish

May 19th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS on the need to have a strong backbone — By Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


10-JASMINE

The clothes that make the man and, uh, dog

May 12th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS on the battle over Communion dress — Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


11-TOMKINS

Sectarian chant is a stupid relic of the past

May 12th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Rangers Fan and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins despairs at the anti-Catholic bigotry of some of his fellow supporters.... continue reading.


12-POLITICIANS

Please stop ‘playground politics’

May 12th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

ANTHONY HORAN despairs at the childish level of political debate in the election campaigns... continue reading.


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The Uncomfortable assumptions behind Netflix’s new suicide drama

May 5th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

AMANDA CONNELLY critiques the video streaming site’s controversial latest mystery teen series 13 Reasons Why... continue reading.


10-FR-BOLLAN

The pitfalls of nostalgia and sentiment

May 5th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This week, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS cautions against investing too much symbolic significance in mundane items - By Fr John Bollan... continue reading.


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Escape from the madding crowd

April 28th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

NIALL GOOCH says that we should all be receptive to listening to the ‘still, small voice of calm’... continue reading.


Exploring the hidden gifts of Rome

April 28th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This week, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS reveals the history behind a papal gift, and looks at the power of a good greet — Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


The search to find the face of the Lord

April 21st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS looks at religious films, and how we all have different images of what Christ looks like — Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


Will the exceptions to the rule lead to eliminating the rule altogether?

April 21st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the second part of a series on Pope Francis’ controversial Amoris Laetitia, Mgr Peter Magee looks at how, for some bishops, the division on the exhortation is one of doctrine and not just discipline... continue reading.



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