To the left is a new info box, specifically for the benefit of any Dutch or Belgian readers who are interested in my translations. As long as the list of texts doesn’t get too long, I’ll keep it there, although the ‘translation’ tab above will also remain. I’m happy to have received some encouraging remarks about these translations and that, coupled with my continued opinion that texts like these should be as readily available in Dutch as possible, has prompted to emphasise them a bit more. The new box saves all of one extra click, after all.
About this blog
I am a Dutch Catholic from the north of the Netherlands. In this blog I wish to provide accurate information on current affairs in the Church and the relation with society. It is important for Catholics to have knowledge about their own faith and Church, especially since these are frequently misrepresented in many places. My blog has two directions, although I use only English in my writings: on the one hand, I want to inform Dutch faithful - hence the presence of a page with Dutch translations of texts which I consider interesting or important -, and on the other hand, I want to inform the wider world of what is going on in the Church in the Netherlands.
It is sometimes tempting to be too negative about such topics. I don't want to do that: my approach is an inherently positive one, and loyal to the Magisterium of the Church. In many quarters this is an unfamiliar idea: criticism is often the standard approach to the Church, her bishops and priests and other representatives. I will be critical when that is warranted, but it is not my standard approach.
For a personal account about my reasons for becoming and remaining Catholic, go read my story: Why am I Catholic?
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Netherlands License.
The above means that I have the right to be recognised as the author of both the original blog posts, as well as any translations I make. Everyone is free to share my content, but with credit in the form of my name or a link to my blog.
Blog and media
Over the years, my blog posts have been picked up by various other blogs, websites and media outlets.
A complete list would be prohibitively long, so I'll limit myself to mentioning The Anchoress, Anton de Wit, Bisdom Haarlem-Amsterdam, The Break/SQPN, Caritas in Veritate, Catholic Culture, The Catholic Herald, EWTN, Fr. Ray Blake's Blog, Fr. Z's Blog, The Hermeneutic of Continuity, Katholiek Gezin, Katholiek.nl, National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter, New Liturgical Movement, NOS, Protect the Pope, Reformatorisch Dagblad, The Remnant, RKS Ariëns, Rorate Caeli, The Spectator, Vatican Insider, Voorhof and Whispers in the Loggia.
All links to, quotations of and use as source material of my blog posts is greatly appreciated. It's what I blog for: to further awareness and knowledge in a positive critical spirit. Credits are equally liked, of course.
Blog posts have also been used as sources for various Wikipedia articles, among them those on Archbishop Pierre-Marie Carré, Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Archbishop Sergio Utleg and Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki.
Latest translations added:
1 December: [English] Archbishop Stephan Burger - Advent letter 2014
29 November: [English] Bishop Frans Wiertz - Homily for the opening of the Year of Consecrated Life
29 November: [English] Bishop Gregor Maria Hanke - Advent letter 2014
27 November: [English] Bishop Johan Bonny - Advent letter 2014
27 November: [Dutch] Paus Franciscus - Toespraak voor het Europees Parlement.
25 November: [English] Bishop Gerard de Korte - Advent letter 2014.
17 November: [Dutch] Paus Franciscus - Toespraak voor de conferentie over de complementariteit tussen man en vrouw.
10 November: [English] Pope Francis - Letter to the Church of the Frisians.
22 October: [English] Bishop Gerard de Korte - The doctrine of the Church must always be actualised.
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