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Bill Ford - Biography
- Written by Michael Ford
- Last Updated: 28 January 2014
- Created: 13 January 2014
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Bill Ford was born in Aston, Birmingham, UK on 23 June 1911. His father was a steelworker; his
mother was a housewife. He was the eldest of three children and had two sisters, Lydia and
Elizabeth. The family struggled to cope, living in a terrace house with only one income, and Bill
hardly saw his father, who was working all the hours he could.
Research By Dr Julian Randall
- Written by Alex Walker
- Last Updated: 28 November 2013
- Created: 28 November 2013
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PARTICIPANT CONSENT FORM
Title of study:
Losing an ecclesiastical vocation but retaining the calling: The disengagement of former Catholic priests and seminarians, and their subsequent career choices
Researcher’s name: Dr Julian Randall
Ivan Solania - RIP
- Written by Joe Mulrooney
- Last Updated: 26 November 2013
- Created: 26 November 2013
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Ivan died peacefully on 15th November 2013. His funeral is on 3rd December 2013 in Kent.
Alphonse Knapp - RIP
- Written by Alex Walker
- Last Updated: 23 October 2013
- Created: 23 October 2013
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It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Alphonse Knapp on the 18th October 2013. He died peacefully at his home in Colechester (Oakwood Cottage, 2 Burywoods, Bakers Lane, Colchester, CO4 5AW) with his wife Marie and family around him. His Funeral is on Friday 25th October 2013 at St James the Less and St Helen's Catholic Church, Priiory Street, Colechester, Essex, CO1 2QB. Donations to St Helena Hospice http://www.sthelenahospice.org.uk or Marie Curie http;//www.mariecurie.org.uk . NO Flowers please. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Can we save the Catholic Church ?
- Written by Hans Kung
- Last Updated: 14 October 2013
- Created: 14 October 2013
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The Catholic Church has been nearly destroyed by its resistance to change, censured for its abuses. Pope Francis has promised reform: radical theologian Hans Küng here presents what Catholics have long been yearning for: modern responses to the challenges of a modern world.
In 1962 the Second Vatican Council met in the hope they could, in the words of Pope John XXIII, ‘open the windows of the Church and let some fresh air in.’ Hans Küng and Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, were both there.
In Can We Save the Catholic Church? Kung relates how after fifty years the Church has only grown more conservative. Refusing to open dialogue on celibacy for priests; the role of women in the priesthood; homosexuality; or the use of contraception even to prevent AIDS, the Papacy has lost touch. Now, amid widespread disillusion over child abuse, the future of Catholicism is in crisis.
Pope Francis seems sincere in his wish for a more compassionate Church. The time is ripe for reform, and here Küng calls for a complete renewal of the Church. As grassroots support grows Can We Save the Catholic Church? makes an inspiring and compelling case for offering a new Catholicism to the modern world.