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NOVEMBER 2017 - The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture has approved the proposal that a petition be sent to Pope Francis requesting him to annul the “Monitum” issued by the Holy Office in 1962, which warned superiors of religious institutes, rectors of seminaries and presidents of universities that they should protect minds, particularly young minds, against the dangers presented by the works of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin and his followers. See the report in the Jesuit review America

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SEPTEMBER 2017 - The American Teilhard Association publishes Teilhard Studies Number 75 - The Shared Perspectives of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry.

JUNE 2017 - Sadly it was decided at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 3 June 2017 that the British Teilhard Association should be dissolved by the end of this year, due to lack of membership.

The good news is that the BTA’s existing financial resources will be used, first, to continue funding the BTA website under the name of the British Teilhard Network. Second, to sponsor a conference in 2018 at Edinburgh University’s School of Divinity on the issues involved in reconciling science and religion. Third, to endow an annual Teilhard Seminar at Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies.

6 July 2017 - "A cosmic feast: eight hours with Ilia Delio" - a blog by Michele Morek for Global Sisters Report, a project of National Catholic Reporter

June 2017 - The Teilhard Project reports on Filming in China - click here

15 June 2017 - from JSTOR DAILY - "Marshall McLuhan privately expressed his debt to the Jesuit mystic, scientist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin for inspiring many of his theories." See

20 MAY 2017
Teilhard de Chardin provided one of the readings at today's wedding of James Matthews to Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge. The reading was actually a blend of two quotes - “Love is an adventure and a conquest… etc.” was a quote from Human Energy, Collins 1969, p.74.
“Put your faith in the spirit which dwells between the two of you… etc.” was a quote from Teilhard’s address at the wedding of Odette Bacot and Jean Teilhard d’Eyry, 14 June 1928, in The Heart of Matter, Collins 1978, p.137.

MARCH 2017: the Fondation Teilhard de Chardin in Paris has a number of Teilhard books in English for sale. Several are not easy to find today. The following pdf file lists those available:-

Fondation books for sale    If you would like to know more please email

19 JANUARY 2017: Yale University offers online courses based on the book & dvd Journey of the Universe. For more information click

31 DECEMBER 2016: two posts from The Teilhard Project - 1. New Year Wishes 2. A wreath on Teilhard's grave

13 DECEMBER 2016:  Conference: 'The Theology of Evolution — Convergent, Contingent or Directed?'

The conference, sponsored by the BTA, took place in Martin Hall, New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
The speakers were Prof Simon Conway Morris (Cambridge), Dr Michael Burdett (Oxford), Dr Bethany Sollereder (Oxford), Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Birmingham) and Dr Conor Cunningham (Nottingham). The respondents included Dr David Lewin (Strathclyde), a longstanding BTA supporter.

Some 65 people attended the conference, which was judged a great success.
For more details see Past Events.

29 SEPTEMBER 2016: The claim that Teilhard was involved with the notorious Piltdown Hoax will not go away...

14 MAY 2016: The Annual Meeting of the American Teilhard Association in New York was attended by more than 225 people. 

25 APRIL 2016: Would you Adam and Eve it? "More than 1200 men from 26 populations around the world descend from a single man who lived approximately 190,000 years ago..."

Renee-Marie Croose Parry (1922 - 2015) Obituary

We were sorry to record the death of Renee-Marie Croose Parry, Co-Founder of The Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Association of Great Britain and Ireland in 1966, who died on 11 May 2015 at the age of 93.

Born in Bavaria to Margot and Wilhelm Hausenstein, in 1962 she married an English economist and businessman, Kenneth Croose Parry, and for 23 years they lived in London where they co-founded not only the Teilhard Association but three other voluntary groups: the ad hoc committee of People for a Non-Nuclear World (1976-78); the Centre for the Advancement of Human Cooperation (1984-) and the Parliamentary Liaison Group for Alternative Energy Strategies, later The Alternative Energy Group (1978-).

In a personal tribute Bronwen Astor, who knew Renee-Marie and Kenneth well, expresses the sentiments of all Teilhardians when she says, "We all owe a great debt to Renee-Marie. Her tremendous energy and unfailing sense of humour combined with intellectual and personal gifts of memory and rigour attracted many eminent scientists, philosophers and theologians and set the Teilhard Centre on a firm footing in its first twenty years."

Alison Williams.

Please click here for the full obituary.


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