Reverend Dr Timothy Radcliffe OP was born in 1945 in London and is a Catholicpriest and Dominican friar of the English Province, and former Master of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) from 1992-2001. He is the only member of the English Province of the Dominicans to have held the office since the Order's foundation in 1216. Before Radcliffe became Master of the Dominican Order, he had been the Prior Provincial of the Dominicans in England. He is a professor at Oxford and a renowned and highly sought after speaker. 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7,421,328 and a metropolitan area population of between 12 and 14 million. ... Roman Catholic priest LCDR Allen R. Kuss (USN) aboard USS Enterprise A priest or priestess is a holy man or woman who takes an officiating role in worship of any religion, with the distinguishing characteristic of offering sacrifices. ... A friar is a member of a religious mendicant order of men. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: England Inter. ... The Dominican Order, (its formal name, Ordo praedicatorum or the Order of Preachers, is less common in English; in England and some other countries the Dominicans are referred to as Blackfriars on account of the black cowl or cloak they wear over their white habits. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Events Prince Louis of France, the future King Louis VIII, invades England in the First Barons War Henry III becomes King of England. ... Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). ...
Radcliffe is considered to be among the front-runners to replace the recently deceased Cardinal Basil Hume of England.
Radcliffe was a good friend of Hume, and the two men share much in common - a gracious, pastoral style, and a moderate outlook on church affairs that contrasts sharply with the hard line approach of many bishops appointed under this papacy.
Radcliffe is also among a handful of church leaders who have a personal feel for the diversity of Roman Catholicism across the globe.
Radcliffe insists that Gospel living involves fallible doubting human beings daring to embrace a full, costly Christ-like humanity - and that the particular vocation of the Religious is to challenge a world (and a community!) where this is not happening.
Radcliffe's style is accessible and friendly, but he makes it deceptively easy to follow him into deeper reflection on questions of authority, vocation, justice, responsibility and mission.
The Christian, says Radcliffe, is called to sing in the dark: the dark of an alien and frightening world, the dark of doubt, of the absence or presence of God.
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