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Bishop Paul Hendricks on the differences between ideologies and religion

30/11/2015 12:25 pm

Bishop Paul Hendricks gives today's Advent Reflection. Bishop Hendricks is an auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Southwark.

In his reflection, he looks at the differences between ideologies and religion and how the line is sometimes deliberately blurred.

Having talked about the path to Hell according to C.S. Lewis, Bishop Hendricks goes on to make the point that ideals and principles are, of course, vitally important, but they need to relate to real people and our relationship with God.

"The problem arises when principles become purely abstract - when they lose contact with real people, their needs and concerns. That's when you get an ideology developing. Something that looks rather like a religion but without the all-important relationship with God.

"Without that relationship, I have no chance of discovering the love and forgiveness of God which we're invited to experience and share during this 'Year of Mercy'. God alone can heal our hearts and minds. Bringing us true peace."

Bishop Hendricks concludes by looking at recent terror attacks and gives his answer to the question: How can murderers' acts of violence be committed in the name of religion? How is it possible for even a small number of people to be persuaded that such crimes are the will of God?

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The Year of Mercy, given to us by Pope Francis, presents the ideal opportunity to focus on God's mercy and forgiveness.

To mark this, many of the Bishops of England and Wales have recorded special reflections for Advent. One podcast reflection will be uploaded every day throughout the season.

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