Apologies for the lack of blogging recently. Your web host has been in London, and I've just recently got back to Ireland. While I was in the Great Wen I attended Epiphany Mass in Westminster Cathedral, which I'd never been in before.
It was a moving experience. There is much talk about multiculturalism these days, but I don't think I've ever seen as much genuine multiculturalism as I saw in that congregation. (In fact, the first Scripture reading was in German, which I understand is the practice in the cathedral.) But of course there were plenty of English people there, and plenty of young English people too; the cathedral was packed. Methinks the death of Christian England has been greatly exaggerated.
I was especially interested to note, in the Irish chapel, that Saint Oliver Plunkett was in fact the last martyr for the Catholic faith in England-- something I hadn't realised.
Meanwhile, the next meeting of the Irish Chesterton Society will be a week from tomorrow, at two o' clock on the fifteenth of January, in the Central Catholic Library, Merrion Square, Dublin. Hope to see you there!