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Action versus contemplation: an eternal tension

Action versus contemplation: an eternal tension

by: François Picart - The Croix International in Homilies,

The temptation could be to oppose the sisters Martha and Mary, in the same way as we sometimes place the "spiritual" and the "temporal" in opposition, or the "active life" and "contemplative life", or even "the word" versus "acts".eflection for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The radical theological vision of Pope Francis

The radical theological vision of Pope Francis

by: Robert Mickens, Rome - La Croix International in Church Issues,

In part, the piece tried to show how the pope is seeking to unite all of humanity – especially people of the various faiths – in contrast to those who are deliberately manipulating religion to sow division.

Commentary to the16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 21, 2019

Commentary to the16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 21, 2019

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Today we find Jesus in the house of two sisters. Martha, the oldest, puts herself to work immediately. Her feminine sensibility suggests that a glass of good wine and a plate of tasty meat, served with kindness, show more affection than any talk for a person. Mary, the youngest, instead of working in the kitchen, prefers to stay seated to listen to Jesus.

Commentary to the15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 14, 2019

Commentary to the15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 14, 2019

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The New Testament gives us the full light, one that allows us to understand what it really means to love God. The first letter of John is very explicit: “This is love: not that we loved God but that he first loved us … . Dear friends, if such has been the love of God, we, too, must love one another” (1 Jn 4:10-11).

Henry Newman canonisation date announced for October

Henry Newman canonisation date announced for October

by: Christopher Lamb , Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in Church News,

The Blessed John Henry Newman, one of the most significant figures of the 19th century, will be declared a saint on 13 October 2019. Pope Francis made the announcement of the date today during a public consistory for the causes of canonisations in the Vatican on 1 July. 

Addressing the roots of clergy sex abuse

Addressing the roots of clergy sex abuse

by: Fr Amado L. Picardal CSsR - La Croix International in Church Issues,

Priests should be able to mutually affirm and appreciate the good things that they are doing and to admonish those who fail to live up to the ideals of the priesthood whether informally or formally — during meetings and recollections. There is a need to develop a corporate culture among the clergy where everyone is encouraged and inspired to live up to the high standards of the priesthood and those whose behavior is inappropriate or sinful can be corrected. 

Commentary to the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 7, 2019

Commentary to the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 7, 2019

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Jesus sends his disciples not to condemn, to curse against corruption and bad morals or to threaten divine punishment, but to announce the peace that everyone—many unconsciously—are desperately seeking. Considering the reality we live in, it really takes a great faith to imagine that it is possible to build a world where peace reigns. It is easier to believe that God exists than to keep hope in universal peace.

Broken trust in a broken clerical system

Broken trust in a broken clerical system

by: Robert Mickens, Rome - La Croix International in Church Issues,

A priest friend predicted some 15 or more years ago that the next big scandal or crisis in the Church would be of a financial nature. He was speaking of a clerical system that puts "Father" in charge of everything – even the parish purse strings. Thank God the Catholic Church has as many good and honest priests as it does. Because it sure calls for heroism to be good in a very bad and broken clericalist system where "Father knows best" and the people are expected to do what he tells them.