Moderator willing to meet Pope, Supreme Court ruling on abortion, Sex abuse at Newry school, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali to speak in Belfast
Next Presbyterian moderator: I would relish meeting the pope
News Letter – The moderator designate of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has said he would “relish the opportunity” to meet Pope Francis should he come to Northern Ireland. At a press conference in Assembly Buildings in Belfast Rev Charles McMullen also answered questions on gay marriage and abortion. Pope Francis will visit the Republic of Ireland later this year and there has been much speculation he could come to Northern Ireland during the same trip. Asked if he would meet the pope if he came to the Province, Rev McMullen – who was elected as moderator by a majority vote on Tuesday night and will take up the post in June – said: “If he does come … and if an invitation is extended, our two churches would work out the basis on which that meeting would occur. “As far as I am concerned, personally I would relish the opportunity of meeting the pope.”
Supreme Court dismisses Pro Life Campaign request to become adviser in ‘defining the unborn’ case
The Journal – The Pro Life Campaign had argued that it had spent “a significant amount of time” on the issue of defining the unborn.
Fr Malachy Finnegan was ‘accused of 12 abuse cases’
BBC NI – Catholic diocese confirms it has settled a claim for historical sex abuse at a Newry school.. The late Fr Malachy Finnegan, a former teacher, worked in St Colman’s College in Newry from 1967 to 1976.
Bishop of Dromore, John McAreavey, said the abuse was “abhorrent” and admitted he made an “error” by officiating at Fr Finnegan’s funeral in 2002. The school began to remove the priest’s image from its photographs last year.
Multi faith and muti culture focus to Belfast lecture by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali
Irish News – The uniqueness of Christ as Lord and Saviour is increasingly contested in a multi-cultural, multi-faith world – so where does that leave Christianity, with its definitive claims such as Jesus being “the way, the truth and the life”? This challenging subject will be tackled at a lecture in Belfast later this month by a Church of England bishop who grew up in a Muslim home.
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali will give the 2018 Clive West Memorial Trust annual lecture on ‘Only one way?’ – Confidence in the unique Christ in our multi-cultural, multi-faith world at All Saints’ Church, University Street, Belfast on Tuesday February 20 at 7.45pm. More information at www.westtrust.co.uk