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There is no such thing as - Church? Jn 21.1-14 (Easter 3)

"There is no such thing as Church." What would we make of a statement like that? You don't need a degree in political science to realise that I am referring to the controversial words of the late Baroness Thatcher, which she never herself denied saying, that "there is no such thing as society." Perhaps an unfortunate turn of phrase, but to be fair, she did say it in the attempt to urge us to recognise that society is made up of real, individual people, so that we cannot use it as a scapegoat for human failure. I suppose there are times when it might be a helpful corrective to apply the idea to the Church: for example, if I got home and realised that I'd left the church heating on for the night, but didn't bother to go back and turn it off again because 'the Church' would pay - forgetting that it's you, the indivuals in the pews, who put your money into the collection plate to keep the place going. Or, maybe, if the wider Church did or taugh…

Pope kisses the feet of prisoners

To distract us from present bitterness, something that everyone can agree is a good thing!