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I thought your readers would like to see this, if they haven't already:Tuesday, June 11, 2013The Investiture of Joanna Bogle into the Equestrian Order of St Gregory the GreatA number of people have asked me for the text of my Homily which I am happy to publish here.http://southwarkvocations.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/the-investiture-of-joanna-bogle-into.htmlWell deserved congratulations, Joanna! (You look marvelous, btw!)
It's an excellent homily. I see why Jonanna didn't want to link to it herself.I wasn't aware that the Church was in such deep trouble pre-JPII. I was in the upper years of a Catholic primary at the time of his election. I didn't have a very positive view of the faith at the time, but that was largely because most of the children were Irish. We weren't. So I felt like an outsider.It was more that Christianity was an irrelevance. You were either pro-American or anti-, for Maggie or hated her. Christianity didn't come into it except as a source of platitudes, it could only decline as people gradually lost interest, but somehow you never felt that it would reach the bottom, just lose numbers forever.
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