News in Church Issues

Church rebuilds Europe by answering life's great questions.

Church rebuilds Europe by answering life's great questions.

by: Lisa Zengarini - Vatican News in Church Issues,

Cardinal Nichols: Church rebuilds Europe by answering life's great questions. As the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences holds a golden jubilee celebration in Rome, English Cardinal Vincent Nichols explains the organization's mission and how it can help rebuild Europe's Christian roots.

Diversity and Communion among the First Christians: The genesis of the New Testament

Diversity and Communion among the First Christians: The genesis of the New Testament

by: Marc Rastoin, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

A considerable effort needs to be made to become immersed in the religious world of the first century. It involves dealing with a world very different from today, if only because the term “religion” did not always mean the same thing for people of that time as it does for people now. It was a world in which Christianity was a modest reality. The evangelical parable of the small seed that becomes a large tree is very suitable for describing the beginnings of Christianity.

Internally bleeding Indian church too weak to face challenges

Internally bleeding Indian church too weak to face challenges

by: John Dayal - UCANews in Church Issues,

Relations between three Rites of the Catholic Church – Latin, Syro-Malankara and Syro-Malabar – have also never really been the warmest. They had sunk rock bottom before the Pope gave the two Oriental groups independent status and a pan-Indian jurisdiction, overlapping that of the Latin Dioceses.  They are still not fully in a state of equilibrium as several unresolved issues remain.

Catholic Church is failing to embrace reform, says McAleese

Catholic Church is failing to embrace reform, says McAleese

by: Scarlett Sherriff - The Tablet in Church Issues,

 “We have to hope and pray that enough faithful in every diocese including laity, religious, priests and bishops will find the courage to insist that the recognition in Church law of the equality and intellectual freedom of all Church members must be a priority in the national episcopal reports that will go to Rome for the 2023 Synod. It will be the most important reset button the Church has ever hit.”

DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA - NOVEMBER 9

DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA - NOVEMBER 9

by: Fernando Armellini in Church Issues,

The Basilica of St. John Lateran is the cathedral of the Pope as Bishop of Rome. It was built by Constantine and was for centuries the habitual residence of the Popes. This basilica is a symbol of the unity of all Christian communities with Rome. It is called “mother of all the Churches,” and for this reason, we celebrate this holiday worldwide. 

John Paul II and the Social Doctrine of the Church

John Paul II and the Social Doctrine of the Church

by: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

When the cardinals gathered in conclave and elected Cardinal Karol Wojty?a as the successor of St Peter on October 16, 1978, the choice was somewhat surprising. He was the first non-Italian pope since Hadrian VI (elected in 1522) and, above all, he came from Eastern Europe, from beyond the Iron Curtain, from Krakow in Poland. Few would have imagined that the new pontiff was about to bring a renewal to the Social Doctrine of the Church (SDC). 

Saint Robert Bellarmine: Servant of the Truth and Doctor of the Church

Saint Robert Bellarmine: Servant of the Truth and Doctor of the Church

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

Four centuries ago, on September 17, 1621, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine’s earthly life ended in Rome. He was almost 79 years old and his name was known throughout Europe. In 1599, Clement VIII, during a consistory in which he announced the names of cardinals, pronounced what one might well consider an apt eulogy: “We choose one who has no equal in the Church of God as far as doctrine is concerned, and is the nephew of the excellent and most holy pontiff Marcellus II.”

What is the Synodal Journey? The Thought of Pope Francis

What is the Synodal Journey? The Thought of Pope Francis

by: Santiago Madrigal, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

“For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission” is the title of a journey solemnly begun on October 9-10, 2021, in Rome, and then again on October 17 in each particular Church around the world. On March 7, 2020, the announcement had been made that Francis wanted to hold the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2022 on the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.”

The Question of Vocations: Old and new issues

The Question of Vocations: Old and new issues

by: Marc Rastoin, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

The now clearly fragmented nature of the global Catholic world means that there are some very diverse situations regarding vocations to consecrated celibacy, both for  diocesan clergy and for those in religious life. Asia and Africa have slow but steady growth, while vocations continue to decline in the northern hemisphere and, in an almost similar way, in Latin America.  Bishops, as well as superiors of religious orders, are writing letters to raise awareness of the issue.

Cultural Challenges during Vatican II

Cultural Challenges during Vatican II

by: Bartolomeo Sorge, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

John XXIII himself, in his opening speech, Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, stressed that Vatican II was not convened – as had been the case with the twenty previous Councils – to condemn heresy or to define a truth of faith or to heal schisms. The purpose of Vatican II was, instead, to restate and almost redefine Christian identity and Church identity in a profoundly changed historical and cultural context: how to proclaim the Gospel amidst the contradictions of modernity, in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious world.

To the Bishops in Europe

To the Bishops in Europe

by: Pope Francis Homily in Church Issues,

Those words – “Reflect on your ways!” – are challenging because today, in Europe, we Christians can be tempted to remain comfortably ensconced in our structures, our homes and our churches, in the security provided by our traditions, content with a certain degree of consensus, while all around us churches are emptying and Jesus is increasingly forgotten.

The bishops must hear the laity if the synodal process is to succeed

The bishops must hear the laity if the synodal process is to succeed

by: Frank Callus - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The development of the laity to play a constructive part in this synodal process should be a major priority. Its reference to participation is modelled exclusively on church worship, and the sharing of the Eucharist. There needs to be some recognition that the listening needs to be deep and sustained. Synodality is a process rather than a product; it speaks to a vision of a permanent dialogue between the constituent parts of the Church.

Fed up, but still Catholic

Fed up, but still Catholic

by: William Grimm, Tokyo - UCANews in Church Issues,

One of the fastest-growing religious affiliations, or more accurately disaffiliations, is the large number of people who declare themselves to be former Catholics. Departures from the Church are especially pronounced among the young, but are not limited to them. In places like Australia, France, Germany and increasingly in the United States, which for many years differed from other places, the Catholic Church is hemorrhaging members.

The women who are turning the Church upside down

The women who are turning the Church upside down

by: Joanna Moorhead - The Tablet in Church Issues,

Everyone wants their lifetime to leave the world at least a tiny bit changed, and for the better; and it is possible that a piece I wrote for The Tablet in January 2020 could yield me my footnote. I wrote the piece in a pretty exasperated mood, fed up with the fact that Pope Francis says all the right things about women, and yet has done next to nothing to put our talents to use in leadership roles in the Church.

Pope Francis calls getting Covid jab “an act of love”

Pope Francis calls getting Covid jab “an act of love”

by: Keith Morris - The Tablet in Church Issues,

Pope Francis has added his voice to those of Catholic bishops across North and South America to urge people to get jabbed against Covid-19, calling it an “act of love”. In a video message produced in conjunction with the Ad Council, Pope Francis praised the work of researchers and scientists in producing safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines. 

Synod Time for a ‘restless’ Italian Church

Synod Time for a ‘restless’ Italian Church

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

From May 24 to 27, 2021, the Italian Episcopal Conference held their 74th General Assembly. Pope Francis opened it with a prayer and a dialogue with the bishops present. The work of the Assembly, under the guidance of Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, focused on the theme: “Proclaiming the Gospel in a time of rebirth. Starting a synodal journey.”

Reading the Sighs and Signs of Our Times

Reading the Sighs and Signs of Our Times

by: Joseph Lobo, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

The concept “signs of the times” was introduced into official Catholic terminology by Pope John XXIII in the 1961 apostolic constitution Humanae Salutis (HS): “We know that the sight of these evils so depresses the minds of some people that they see nothing but darkness, which they think entirely envelops the world.

Mission in Secularized Japan

Mission in Secularized Japan

by: Shun'ichi Takayanagi, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

Modern Japanese offers three possibilities for translating the word “mission” in the Christian sense: “dendo” (teaching the way), “fukyo” (spreading the truth) and “senkyo” (announcing the truth). These three terms are used in different ways, especially in Christian Churches.

Immigrant turns self in after priest murdered

Immigrant turns self in after priest murdered

by: James Roberts - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The man awaiting trial for the arson of the cathedral in Nantes in July last year today turned himself into police after the priest who offered him accommodation was murdered. Fr Olivier Maire, 60, the French provincial of the Montfort Missionaries, had offered him housing in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, south of Nantes while he waited for his court appearance.