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Why a parish?

Desmond Ryan asks whether parishes are in a position to adapt effectively in order to address the spiritual energy of their parishioners

"WHAT is a parish for?" It is an easy question to ask, but an impossible one to answer. "Parish" has always been a derivative idea, emanating from, and established by, the Church, especially after it came to dominate medieval Europe through its near-monopoly of thought and writing, in rivalrous partnership with Christian monarchs.

Western or Eastern, Roman Catholic or Protestant, the Church is the whole; the parish is the part. Hence, constitutionally, the parish has been organised, ...

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The Queen’s faith is deep, but her successors face a different situation, says Stephen Bates  Subscribe to read more

Sat 5 Sep 15 @ 10:30
We need to play ‘full part’ in aiding refugees, says Archbishop Welby http://t.co/6yoLFN5AlI http://t.co/TsVTSKlgqi

Sat 5 Sep 15 @ 9:59
@WealandsBell I mean plus the reflections, of course.