Where do we find hope today?
First off late last night I received an email informing me of the passing of one of our occasional commentators on Catholica, Ted Mason. You may remember Amanda and I recorded a lengthy interview with Ted a few days before his retirement as leader of the Shalom House of Prayer community at Carcaor. I have placed a tribute to Ted, and details of his funeral — which will be held at Dubbo this coming Tuesday — at the top of our forum.
Secondly: money things and a thank you to the people who have contributed $1,150 in the last 48 hours to now bring us within sight of closing the Friends of Catholica Appeal we launched a few months ago. See the banner at the bottom of today's email and if you can help us with a contribution towards the extra $330 or so we need to reach our target it would be greatly appreciated.
The lead discussion today is found in our forum. There is a lot of it but the particular string we'd draw your attention to is one originally started via a letter to the editor from the cousin of one of our bishops. He was talking about anguish but somehow that has evolved into a discussion on hope, the intrinsic nature of Catholicism and even what we're trying to achieve here at Catholica. If you don't have time to follow the entire string(s) in which this discussion has taken place you might start with the post James wrote in response to the editor, Brian Coyne, trying to delineate what form of Catholicism might offer hope today, or if it offers any hope at all.
<Read the string on hope>