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The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Built on the four pillars of our Dominican life – preaching, prayer, study, and community – Godzdogz offers many resources for exploring the Catholic Faith today.
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Sts Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Thursday, September 29, 2016

What is the Angel's share? In the process of making whisky, barley is milled and then mixed with yeast and water.  Read more

Solemn Professions 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

News Yesterday in Oxford the English Province witnessed and celebrated the solemn professions of four of our brothers (and all contributors to Godzdogz): Toby Lees, Luke Doherty, Samuel Burke, and Jordan Scott. Read more

Ethics of nuclear energy

Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Nuclear power is a hot topic in the media at the moment, as our old power stations (coal as well as nuclear) are ageing and need to be closed in the next few years. This will mean less and less generating capacity to maintain national electricity supplies. Fewer stations mean at some point in the near future there will be a risk of power cuts. At the same time, we need to have secure and affordable energy supplies, whilst reducing carbon emissions. Building new nuclear power stations is, broadly speaking, a moral issue. The main ethical problem with nuclear energy (even with strict operational safety) is the stewardship of nuclear waste. Future generations may not have the technology to safely contain or dispose of highly radioactive waste, and theologically it would be immoral to adopt a view that we should leave the problem to future generations.
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Mere children

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Interesting churches: Our Holy Redeemer's, Clydebank

Monday, June 13, 2016

Our Holy Redeemer’s church was opened on October 12th 1903, and was the first dedicated Catholic church to open in the town of Clydebank, where I grew up. The construction of Our Holy Redeemer’s (OHR) was funded by the first Catholic settlers of Clydebank, and my own great grandparents would have been amongst them. I have always found OHR an interesting church because of the historical connection to my own family, as well as the historic importance of OHR church in the local area.  Read more

The Saint and the Chopped up Baby

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The title of Laura Smoller’s book “The Saint and the Chopped-up Baby: The Cult of Vincent Ferrer in Medieval and Early Modern Europe” is perhaps designed to grab attention. Saint Vincent Ferrer (b.1350, d. 1419) was a Dominican friar, and is Patron Saint of builders, plumbers and construction workers. Saint Vincent is said to have traveled across Europe and was supposedly able to speak in tongues, with those in different countries able to understand him. Read more

Wednesday Gospel reflection

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Imagine a situation where you are in the middle of a seven-mile walk, and a traveller begins walking alongside you and another friend on the journey. You have never met this stranger before, but he seems to know more about you than is comfortable. “What are you discussing?” is how Jesus opens the conversation with Cleopas, one of the disciples walking to Emma's Read more

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2016

Sunday, March 06, 2016

This Sunday, Br Luke Doherty, O.P., reflects on the Gospel this Sunday on the Prodigal Son.
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Book launch

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

News Yesterday, Blackfriars Hall hosted the book launch of two publications by Dominican friars of the Province of England. Read more

Questions for... Peter Harries, O.P.

Sunday, January 17, 2016
I recently interviewed Peter Harries OP after the end of our Provincial Assembly in December 2015 in Oxford. Originally from Clevedon near Bristol, Peter lived there with his family until he moved to Manchester to study Mathematics at University. Peter mentioned that although he cannot remember anything about the more advanced material, “Statistics is about patterns of figures, and what you pick up in studying mathematics is how to notice patterns”. But rather than continuing in the line of work of mathematics, Peter joined the Dominican Order in 1978 and is currently a hospital chaplain.  Read more
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