Just chatting to someone from the Parish Church on Waterside, it could have been a much longer chat but for the biting cold. He was saying how much he appreciated Bernard Loveland when he went to preach there during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Bernard settled into their community so easily and when he came to communion went up to receive with everyone else. It made a deep impression on him. I remember in Rome going to a service on the death of the Anglican vicar in Rome who was killed riding his bike. It was in the Anglican church in Rome and at communion I went up to receive as well. When we got back to college the Senior Student took me to one side and gave me a good ticking off, sending me to the Rector. The Rector was far less concerned and said: ‘I completely understand your position, it is just that you have to think about it more carefully when you are in charge of a community.’ The Catholic Church’s rules on this are clear, but there is always a question of personal integrity as well. Bernard said it just felt right apparently, and that is not an argument to be ignored, after all feelings are an important guide to how we act, reflecting our conscience often. The Catholic Church believes that receiving communion is not just a matter of that moment, but depends on a number of things including being in full communion in faith with each other, and also what we believe communion to be. The sad thing is that ecumenism seems to have stumbled at the moment after the heady days after Vatican II. We may find those days again. Something will spur us to achieve it as I am sure unity in some form must be God’s will.