Saturday, 18 April 2009 A new international Catholic wiki

Help us to help inform the public about the Catholic faith and Catholic view of our culture and history. We are building an International Catholic Encyclopedia and Directory at

Anyone can help; it's easy to do, just like wikipedia. A team of editors will be making sure that we try our best to prevent any anti-Church statements creeping in, and also to help coordinate and plan the project.

We are using previously published materials, especially the old Catholic encyclopedia, but we are keen for this to be edited and brought up to date, and for new entries to be written.

come and join in the fun at

Thursday, 16 April 2009

We're having a ball ...

For more information on our forthcoming Summer Ball at Chavagnes, visit:

All welcome. Especially old boys and their friends, families, existing pupils.

Dress: Exisiting pupils will be in uniform. Otherwise, black tie.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Computer Assisted Animation- the best

This was made by a parent of one of our pupils. Great work, isn't it?

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Prayers for Vincent Nichols

We at Chavagnes are very grateful to Archbishop Vincent Nichols, because - as Archbishop of Birmingham - he was kind enough to send us a chaplain for our school, Fr Anthony Talbot! On a personal level I remember meeting Archbishop Vincent at a conference of Catholic and Orthodox believers a few years ago, and was impressed by his kindness and courtesy on that occasion.

Also, when I organised a conference on the liturgy in Oxford a while back, Archbishop Nichols was very encouraging and helpful.

And so now that he is moving to Wesminster I am happy to support him with my congratulations and prayers and will certainly be asking the boys to pray for him, when they come back from their Easter holidays. The Archbishop spoke the other day of his obedience to the Holy Father, a theme which will be further emphasised no doubt once he is made a Cardinal. Obedience to Pope Benedict is certainly to be encouraged and applauded ...

Eyes are now on Birmingham, of course. As Archbishop Nichols said in his press conference the other day, Birmingham was at the heart of the nineteenth century restoration of Catholicism in England. So it's an important appointment. We need to pray that the Holy Spirit will help Pope Benedict find the best man for the job. Perhaps Pope Benedict is saving the other Nichols (Fr Aidan Nichols OP) for that ... I hope so.
There are interesting times ahead for England now, especially as Pope Benedict might well be coming to visit the UK.
And a general election looming ...

The truth about Barack Obama

It is painful, but it is true. Obama is an impressive figure. He is handsome, intelligent, competent and charismatic. He is a brilliant leader and much more impressive than the presidential candidate he defeated.

And yet ... his total commitment to tha cause of abortion on demand, and to forcing Catholic hospitals and doctors to perform abortions, is a sad proof that Christians are having to face hard choices in their assessment of political life and in the exercise of their democratic life. Archbishop Burke, the highest ranking judge in the ecclesiastical courts of the Catholic Church, gave an interview on this situation. He subsequently apologised for any offence he might have caused to his brother bishops in seeming to criticise their less forceful stance on these issues, but the interview is still a very valid take on the dilemmas faced by faithful Christians in the USA and worldwide. You can hear it online at:

The other tragedy is that Obama, in supporting the Freedom of Choice Act, has missed a chance to unite America and end the painful divide in American society. Far from ending the culture wars in the USA, Obama's current course is simply going to make that divide a more bitter one and the problem even more intractable. We need to support the American pro-life movement, and the American people in general, with our prayers.