News in Vocations

Why all the people of God must take some responsibility for clericalism

Why all the people of God must take some responsibility for clericalism

by: Hatty Calbus - The Tablet in Lay,

 Clericalism is a distortion of true priesthood – and it is an abuse of authority found in every institution, not just in the Catholic Church. It is certainly a major factor in the misuse of power that is at the root of the sexual abuse of children by priests. But all the people of God – bishops, clergy and lay people – have to take some responsibility for clericalism in the Church.

The love of my life

The love of my life

by: Sister Therese Nguyen Thi Giang - UCANews in Religious,

 In life, everyone has romantic love for one or some persons and they enter into marriage with one of them. I also enjoy a romantic relationship with a man named Jesus. He is the love of my life and changes my life by his love that is so strange, strong and extraordinary that there cannot be a second person in this world because he is the absolute and only love.

Theologians must listen to families, says Rome official

Theologians must listen to families, says Rome official

by: Loup Besmond de Senneville - Vatican City in Married,

Pope Francis opend the 10th World Meeting of Families on Wednesday evening at the Vatican.The event, which John Paul II created in 1994 and takes place every three years, runs through Sunday.The theme this time is "Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness".Delegates of the world's bishops' conferences and representatives of international movements that are involved in the pastoral care of the family will be on hand for the main gathering in Rome.

The Meaning of Catholic Education in the 21st Century

The Meaning of Catholic Education in the 21st Century

by: Álvaro Lobo Arranz, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Lay,

 Throughout history, the education of Catholics has been largely entrusted to religious. This has been the case since schools arose around monasteries, and then universities were established.   Numerous religious congregations, devoted to education, appeared, especially during the 19th century. Many saints have dedicated themselves to educating young people, such as Saint Marcellin Champagnat, Saint Joseph Calasanz and Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac. Thousands of religious and lay people have spent their lives offering a good education and in this way expanding the Kingdom of God. 

Do nuns know how to be attractive?

Do nuns know how to be attractive?

by: Diem Ngoc - UCANews in Religious,

 Nuns are also women and the symbol of beauty, so I am sometimes asked why I do not wear make-up or whether I need to nourish my skin as I am about to take solemn vows. I am touched by some people’s tender care of me. Those questions give me an opportunity to ask myself whether, as a nun, I am still beautiful and becoming more and more attractive to people, especially God.

Pope appears at Vatican audience in wheelchair

Pope appears at Vatican audience in wheelchair

by: CNS in Religious,

While the sisters should “not be afraid in this search for new ministries and new ways of exercising authority evangelically”, they should take care that it not be “a theoretical and ideological search – ideologies mutilate the Gospel – but a search that starts from approaching the feet of wounded humanity and walking alongside wounded brothers and sisters, beginning with the sisters of your communities”.

Maria Montessori: ‘The child is the savior of humanity’

Maria Montessori: ‘The child is the savior of humanity’

by: Giancarlo Pani SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Lay,

 On the occasion of the International Congress for the 150th anniversary of Maria Montessori’s birth, Pope Francis called her “one of the most eminent figures of the cultural scene of the 20th century, who left a profound mark on education and on society as a whole […] for the construction of a more fraternal and peaceful world. […] May this significant anniversary encourage generous dedication in favor of the new generations, to form people of solidarity, citizens of the world open to dialogue and acceptance.”

John Wilkins, former Tablet editor, dies aged 85

John Wilkins, former Tablet editor, dies aged 85

by: Patrick Hudson - The Tablet in Lay,

John Wilkins, former editor of The Tablet, has died aged 85. He joined the paper as assistant editor in 1967, before leaving to work as a BBC producer, and returned as editor in 1982 shortly after the pastoral visit of St John Paul II.  He retired with the Christmas issue in 2003, after 21 years which saw circulation almost tripled.Born 20 December 1936, Wilkins was a scholar at Clifton College and Clare College, Cambridge, and did National Service in the Gloucestershire Regiment. He began his career at the ecumenical journal Frontier.

Just war theory and why Ukraine has a right to defend itself

Just war theory and why Ukraine has a right to defend itself

by: Anna Floerke Schied, Tobias Winright - The Tablet in Discernment,

 Two Catholic moral theologians consider the ethics of taking up arms in self-defence against an overwhelmingly superior military force. The courageous and inspirational Ukrainians are responding to Russia’s invasion of their country with both nonviolent and armed resistance.

Alive… and no time to lose

Alive… and no time to lose

by: Timothy Radcliffe - The Tablet in Religious,

It can take a brush with death and an experience of total dependency on others to open a window into a deeper sense of who we are and what we are here for. I celebrate this Christmas and New Year with extra delight. Not just because I am still alive after major surgery, but because I have learnt a little more of what it means to live. I hesitated to write about my illness.