The consistent range and quality of contributions to PP from across the diocese and beyond bears testimony not only to the breadth and depth of our community’s faith but also to its kindness and good will. Just flick through a page or two and you’ll see what I mean.

It’s that kindness and good will which challenges what has been described in today’s society as the growing cancer of disrespect for others, no doubt born of the ‘implicit bias’ which sociologists say is part of the human psyche. It’s disrespect which can trigger that ‘implicit bias’, standing as it does at the top of a steep, slippery slope into anger, antagonism, scorn, hatred, injustice and ultimately violence. Not to challenge that base instinct is passively to condone.

Numbers at Mass are buoyed up by many who, not having been born in these islands, have been attracted by what this country has to offer.

So, with the world getting smaller, differing cultures, not previously with the directness of contact now experienced, find themselves thrust into living cheek by jowl with each other. Cross-cultural issues come progressively more into play. It’s fortunate that our faith bears the trans-cultural hallmark of cohesion.

Just as we Catholics seek to adhere to the established tenets of our Mother Church, we must all - whether of faith or no faith - look to the established tenets of this nation, the social mores of which are inspired by, born of and sustained by Christian ideals, not the least among them being civility, cohesion, harmony, kindness and good will towards others, in defiance of ill.

Be of good heart … and now perhaps read through these pages in greater depth.

Jay Kettle-Williams

 



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