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Global Catholicism vs. Anglobalization

Global Catholicism vs. Anglobalization

by: Massimo Faggioli - La Croix International in Church Issues,

The words politics, political, and politicians occur more than 100 times in Pope Francis' new encyclical Fratelli tuttiChapter Five is titled "A better kind of politics". It's an indictment of populism, individualism and trickle-down economics. It laments the crisis of nation states and of the United Nations.And it calls for a new model of social, political and economic participation that is inspired by subsidiarity and solidarity, making possible a globalization of the most basic of human rights.

Social friendship according to Pope Francis

Social friendship according to Pope Francis

by: Loup Besmond de Senneville - La Croix International in Church Issues,

What exactly is social friendship? Pope Francis gives several indications in Fratelli tutti to help define the term. "A love capable of transcending borders is the basis of what in every city and country can be called 'social friendship'. Genuine social friendship within a society makes true universal openness possible," he writes (FT, 99).

An Overview of the Enclyclical FRATELLI TUTTI

An Overview of the Enclyclical FRATELLI TUTTI

by: Joseph Santiago CMF in Church Issues,

The Encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” aims at promoting a universal aspiration toward fraternity and social friendship. This papal document focuses on human solidarity and charity, following the model of Good Samaritan, towards one’s own neighbour, who is in global health emergency. The encyclical calls for more human fraternity and solidarity, and is a plea to reject wars. 

Vatican reaches new agreement with China

Vatican reaches new agreement with China

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Holy See and China have renewed their deal over the appointment of bishops for a further two years. In a statement, the Vatican explained that “both parties agreed to extend the experimental implementation phase of the Provisional Agreement” which was signed in Beijing and came into effect on 22 October 2018.

Grieving for the lost parish

Grieving for the lost parish

by: Eric Hodgens - La Croix International in Church Issues,

The church as institution is in trouble but not the Church as the People of God. Some Church groups are pressing for a post-pandemic opening up, others, who have already opened up, are sounding a lament as they find it is not business as usual. There are signs of grieving for the parish – an institution on its knees.

The Catholic Church and modern science

The Catholic Church and modern science

by: Bill Uren - La Croix International in Church Issues,

In a letter to the Prime Minister on August 20th, co-signed by the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, and the Greek Orthodox Primate, Archbishop Makarios, Archbishop Fisher suggested that the projected use of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine might cause a crisis of conscience for some potential recipients because cell lines derived from a 1973 aborted foetus were involved in its production.

From Distraction to Dedication: An Invitation to the Center

From Distraction to Dedication: An Invitation to the Center

by: Adolfo Nicolás, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

Some years ago, during the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, Father General Adolfo Nicolás sketched points for a possible letter to the Society. Although he never wrote the letter, he did share these points with a few friends. The following text, while still rough and informal, expresses clearly the direction of his thinking. With the permission of Father Nicolás, we share it now.

New encyclical on human fraternity: the pope's "cri de coeur"

New encyclical on human fraternity: the pope's "cri de coeur"

by: Joseph Sinasac - La Croix International in Church Issues,

It was not hard to imagine the new papal encyclical on fraternity and social friendship would provoke criticism in certain quarters. Pope Francis released Fratelli tutti on October 4 and some have begun to accuse him of interfering in politics and the economic sphere, being naïve about human nature and overreaching his authority as a religious figure.

Church Numbers in the World

Church Numbers in the World

by: GianPaolo Salvini, SJ - La Civiltá Cattolica in Church Issues,

The vitality of the Church and, above all, the faith that animates her pastors and her faithful cannot be measured by numbers and statistics. Only God knows the mysterious and unique relationship that unites him to people who profess themselves Catholic. This is what constitutes the essence of the faith.

 
Women and Men in the Church

Women and Men in the Church

by: Federico Lombardi, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

We should be grateful to Anne-Marie Pelletier for her recent book L’Église, des femmes avec des hommes, which collects and develops several lines of reflection on the relationship between women and men in the Church that she had already initiated in previous writings.

African Influences on Chinese Catholicism

African Influences on Chinese Catholicism

by: Antonio Spadaro, SJ - La Civiltá Cattolica in Church Issues,

Over the last few decades China’s growing involvement in Africa has led many observers to point out that Chinese Christianity could benefit from this new proximity. In fact, the growing number of citizens from the Middle Kingdom who move to Africa encounter vibrant Christian communities. It appears that some of those Chinese have also embraced Christianity and taken it home with them.

How monks used schools to aid social mobility before the Reformation

How monks used schools to aid social mobility before the Reformation

by: Michael Carter - The Tablet in Church Issues,

This week sees the start of a new school year, pandemic permitting, of course. It’s the perfect excuse to explore the role of medieval monasteries in education, or to be specific, the part monasteries played as providers of what we’d now call a secondary education (watch this space for a column on monks and universities). 

Aggiornamento of the Chinese Catholic Church

Aggiornamento of the Chinese Catholic Church

by: Thierry Meynard, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

China has accomplished much in recent decades with huge social, economic and political transformations. However, the challenges faced by the local Catholic Church are not vanishing. All kinds of difficulties continue to constrain the growth of the Chinese Catholic Church, forcing it to adapt its own framework and to produce new responses.

The development of doctrine is fidelity in newness

The development of doctrine is fidelity in newness

by: Sergio Certofanti - Vatican News in Church Issues,

Certain doctrinal criticisms of the current pontificate show a gradual but increasingly clear-cut separation from the Second Vatican Council — not from a certain interpretation of some texts, but from the Council texts themselves. Some interpretations that insist on contrasting Pope Francis with his immediate predecessors thus end up openly criticizing even St John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

Vatican, Hong Kong Diocese hacked by China ahead of talks

Vatican, Hong Kong Diocese hacked by China ahead of talks

by: Michael Sainsbury - UCAN in Church Issues,

China has been accused of hacking Vatican computers as well as those in the Diocese of Hong Kong and other Catholic organizations from May.The hacking appears to be an attempt to gain an advantage in talks between the Vatican and China, due to resume as early as this week, about a fresh deal on the appointment of bishops.

Women and the Diaconate

Women and the Diaconate

by: Giancarlo Pani SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

On May 12, 2016, at a meeting of the International Union of the Superiors General of Women’s Religious Orders, one sister asked Pope Francis why women were excluded from decision-making processes in the Church and from preaching at Eucharistic celebrations. In asking, she cited his words, “the feminine genius is needed in all expressions of the life of the Church and Society.”

 
New document highlights parish at the service of evangelization

New document highlights parish at the service of evangelization

by: La Croix International staff in Church Issues,

The Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy has released a new document to help guide the reform of parish communities. Entitled "The pastoral conversion of the Parish community in the service of the evangelizing mission of the Church," the document promotes pastoral care based on closeness and cooperation between parishes, Vatican News reported.