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The 'wealth' of the church

The 'wealth' of the church

by: Father Elias Ayuban Jr., CMF- UCAN in Articles,

Richness does not lie in the structures, but in its members, with special mention to the most needy and vulnerable. It is my hope that my reflections will evoke in you a similar sense of thanksgiving and belonging without, of course, denying our flaws and lack of perfection.

The people’s sacrament

The people’s sacrament

by: David Grumett-The Tablet in Articles,

Nowhere is the truth that we live in a consumer society clearer than in the Eucharist. In several Christian denominations, frequent reception of the consecrated host is far more common now than 50 years ago. At Mass, often only the priest received it, while the laity remained in their places in prayerful contemplation. This now seems strange.

Chastity and Love

Chastity and Love

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Woe to chastity that is not practiced out of love, but woe to love that excludes chastity. These are the words of Benoit Standaert, a Benedictine monk, and I believe they can be profitably read in our culture today where, to the detriment of everyone, the sexually active and vowed celibates alike, sexuality and chastity are generally seen as opposed to each other, as enemies.

How to Respond

How to Respond

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Sometimes all you can do is to put your mouth to the dust and wait. That’s a counsel from the Book of Lamentations and while perhaps not the best response to the recent revelations of clerical sexual abuse and cover-up in the Roman Catholic Church, it seems the only helpful response available to me as Roman Catholic priest today.

Pope Francis dismisses Vigano allegations

Pope Francis dismisses Vigano allegations

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Articles,

Pope Francis has dismissed claims from a former Vatican ambassador that he was made aware of sexual misconduct allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. Francis urged members of the media to make a judgment about an explosive document released by Archbishop Carlo Vigano but that he will not respond to what it alleges. 

The rare blue the Mayans invented

The rare blue the Mayans invented

by: Devon Van Houten Maldonado - BBC in Expressions,

 The colour survives in the work of 17th Century Spanish colonial painters, a symbol of the wealth that ultimately doomed the Mayans, writes Devon Van Houten Maldonado. Across the Atlantic Ocean, colonial Baroque works created by artists like José Juárez, Baltasar de Echave Ibia and Cristóbal de Villalpando in early 17th Century Mexico – New Spain – were full of this beautiful blue.

Catholic schools celebrate new A level success

Catholic schools celebrate new A level success

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in Activities,

Catholic schools in both the state and private sectors recorded another exceptional set of A level results yesterday, with many citing students achieving top grades and securing places at universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. In a separate development, there was  a significant drop of 22.8 per cent in the number of young people taking Religious Studies at A level in England and Wales.

Portrait of Pope Francis: Wim Wenders' camera reveals an attractive character

Portrait of Pope Francis: Wim Wenders' camera reveals an attractive character

by: Catherine Pepinster - The Tablet in Film Review,

The documentary mostly consists of knitting together existing Vatican footage of the Pope with shots of him talking directly to camera, as if he is looking the cinemagoer in the eye. It’s a simple but fetching technique. But for those who know little about Francis’ background – his migrant Italian family or his time as a sometimes controversial leader of the Jesuits in Argentina – or about the Catholic Church, there is little effort to fill in the gaps.