Father Hugh MacKenzie. Westminster Cathedral. Victoria. London. January 22, 2021
Catholic chaplain at Westminster Cathedral and St. John and St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was ordained at Westminster Cathedral 25 years ago.
âIt's more directly brought suffering into the world in some people's lives in the Bible, pandemics and pestilences, are sometimes interpreted as punishments or chastisement. So we're within that tradition, but for the modern age, we're trying to understand what that means. Most bad things are related to humans mucking up the environment, not just physically but also particularly spiritually. And so we've tried to explore that both in sermons and in one-to-one conversations and what as well, but we don't want to give the idea of a sort of arbitrarily angry God, that's not the God we believe in, in the in the Catholic tradition.
in the first lockdown, actually, I was just walking across a zebra crossing and one person walking in the other direction said to me what's all this about father?Â I'd never met the person before so it was all slightly tongue in cheek, and I said it was it's about you changing and saying, sorry forÂ things. And then he said, I don't have anything to say sorry for. So as the conversation went on, he said to me, he recommended something to me to look at on the internet. So I said,, okay, I'll do that as long as you type into Google âexamination of conscienceâ.