News in Church Issues

A Fidelity that Rebels: Lessons from the Movie Whale Rider

A Fidelity that Rebels: Lessons from the Movie Whale Rider

by: Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Madrid Forge Centre in Church Issues,

Local churches in several countries are courting their own problems. There are clamours for reforms from within and without. Specifically referring to some of the latest scandals within the Church in India, the author discusses the thorny issue of obedience, especially religious obedience.

The bishops should follow Peter

The bishops should follow Peter

by: The Tablet in Church Issues,

Loyalty to the papacy – even to the point of martyrdom – has been a distinguishing mark of Catholics in these islands since the Reformation. If their leaders now show signs of drifting away from that allegiance, they may need to be gently pulled back to it by their own people.

'Shocking increase' in persecution of Christians globally, finds report

'Shocking increase' in persecution of Christians globally, finds report

by: Rose Gamble-The Tablet in Church Issues,

The number of Christians persecuted for their faith globally has risen by more than 13 per cent, an anti-persecution charity has found. Global charity, Open Doors International, today (16 January) released its “2019 World Watch List”, an annual league table ranking the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution.

More church crosses demolished in China

More church crosses demolished in China

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong in Church Issues,

 A source, on condition of anonymity, told ucanews.com that officials determined that, as three local Christian churches already had crosses removed, the Catholic Church should not be exempted. John, a Catholic of China's so-called 'open church', rather than what is known as the 'underground church', said it was depressing that such problems persisted.

Why I Left, Why I Stay

Why I Left, Why I Stay

by: Helene Stapinski and Dorothy Fortenberry - La Croix International in Church Issues,

The complex reasons people join the church and remain in it are as complicated and various as the reasons others leave it....For me, well, I’m not getting up on a Sunday morning and wrestling two kids into Mary Janes before nine o’clock for a metaphor. The enormity, the impossibility of the idea, is the whole freaking point.

Role of lay people was already an issue during the 11th century

Role of lay people was already an issue during the 11th century

by: Julien Tranié - La Croix International in Church Issues,

The Gregorian Reform is key to understanding the relationship between clergy and lay people in the Church today. In an interview with the German monthly, Vatican Magazin, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has recently written that the present situation in the Church is “comparable to that of the 11th and 12th centuries.”

Authentic Christianity embraces the new

Authentic Christianity embraces the new

by: Eric Hodgens - LaCroix International in Church Issues,

We celebrate Jan. 1 so vigorously because we hope for better things to come. It articulates our Christmas belief that there can be “news of great joy for all the people.” But it only works if we take it on board. Things will change. So, must we. And that makes some people nervous.

Vatican mission oversees Chinese underground bishops stepping aside

Vatican mission oversees Chinese underground bishops stepping aside

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong in Church Issues,

A Vatican delegation has travelled to China to oversee the placement of formerly illicit bishops into dioceses that had been run by underground bishops.The arrangements were made between a Vatican delegation led by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli and seven former illicit bishops from the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and two underground bishops from Mindong and Shantou dioceses of eastern China respectively at a Beijing meeting on Dec. 10.

‘It’s my church, too’

‘It’s my church, too’

by: Steven P. Millies - US CATHOLIC in Church Issues,

The pews were emptying even before the Pennsylvania grand jury report, the McCarrick revelations, and Archbishop Viganò’s testimony. We have been through Boston. We have seen consumerism and materialism eat into the church’s grip on Catholics’ imaginations. Polarization has taken a terrible toll.

Jesuit Missions partner murdered in South Sudan

Jesuit Missions partner murdered in South Sudan

by: James Roberts - The Tablet in Church Issues,

A partner of Jesuit Missions in South Sudan was murdered in the early hours of today (15 November) at the Daniel Comboni Jesuit Residence in Cueibet where he lived. Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ was in the TV room when the gunmen broke into the compound. When his companions heard gunshots, they pressed the alarm and the killers ran off leaving Fr Victor-Luke for dead.

14 million new Catholics recorded

14 million new Catholics recorded

by: La Croix International staff - Vatican City in Church Issues,

Despite reports of a shortage of priests and dwindling congregations, the number of new Catholics grew by an estimated 14 million from 2015 to 2016. The news was released just ahead of World Mission Day on Oct. 21 and is based on the “Church’s Book of Statistics,” according to a report by Agenzia Fides, the Vatican news agency.