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Pope Francis preaches unity at World Council of Churches

Pope Francis preaches unity at World Council of Churches

by: James Roberts , Gregorio Sorgi - The Tablet in Church Issues,

Pope Francis told the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva today that past attempts to overcome divisions between Christian Churches have failed “because they have been inspired by a worldly logic”. That logic, he implied, is something that the devil has used to reinforce division.

Anger at U-turn over admissions cap

Anger at U-turn over admissions cap

by: Bernadette Kehoe - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Veteran Conservative backbencher, Catholic MP Sir Edward Leigh, has angrily denounced the government’s U-turn over its election manifesto pledge to lift the schools admissions cap. In a statement to The Tablet, he described the turnaround as “a disgrace”.

Vive l’Europe!

Vive l’Europe!

by: Denis MacShane - The Tablet in Church Issues,

A few weeks ago, Macron addressed the French bishops in the handsome Collège des Bernardins in the heart of Paris and told them: “Relations between the Church and state have been damaged and it is up to you, as much as us, to repair them.” He went on: “A French president who takes no interest in the Church and its Catholics would be failing in his duty,” and he called on Catholics to “engage once again with the French and European political scene”.

The young men giving up careers, relationships and houses to become priests

The young men giving up careers, relationships and houses to become priests

by: Bernadette Kehoe - The Tablet in Church Issues,

“I’ve got a deep excitement at what lies ahead. I know this is the fulfilment of who I am; I can’t wait to embrace this new identity.” In a few months from now, Matthew Roche-Saunders will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Swansea. It will be the culmination of six years of formation, which followed his three years at Exeter University, studying psychology.

Is there still debate in France over the place of religion?

Is there still debate in France over the place of religion?

by: Bernard Gorce and Mélinée Le Priol - La Croix International in Church Issues,

Emmanuel Macron’s long address to Catholics on the evening of Monday April 9 in Paris sparked sharp reactions from part of the political class. This is a two-part opinion piece on the place of religion in French society, following Macron’s speech. 

A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis

A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis

by: Emili Tutu in Church Issues,

We are living through perilous and polarizing times as a nation, with a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches. We believe the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith are now at stake.

Importing foreign priests is not the answer to the vocations crisis.

Importing foreign priests is not the answer to the vocations crisis.

by: Robert Mickens, Rome - La Croix International in Church Issues,

There are various aspects to what might be better called a priesthood crisis. La Croix International recently published two articles that looked at one of those aspects – the clericalist mentality that seems to be a disease (or at least a temptation) inherent in the very ethos of the ordained.

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be glad)

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be glad)

by: Joseph Santiago, cmf in Church Issues,

“On the call to holiness in the contemporary world”. Much of the document was written in the second person, speaking directly to the individual reading it. "With this exhortation I would like to insist primarily on the call to holiness that the Lord addresses to each of us, the call that He also addresses, personally, to you," he wrote near the beginning. 

Gaudete et Exsultate: A help for our conversion and fulfilment, not an instrument for ideological wars

Gaudete et Exsultate: A help for our conversion and fulfilment, not an instrument for ideological wars

by: Christopher Morgan - Catholic Voices in Church Issues,

The day the Papal Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, was released a tweet was posted noting it was probably best not to read the document trying to find lines to disagree with or delighting in how the Pope called out one’s ideological enemies. It concluded “simply read and ask the Holy Spirit to help us become holier!”

Text written by young people following pre-synod meeting published by Vatican

Text written by young people following pre-synod meeting published by Vatican

by: Catholic Voices - Posted on March 26, 2018 in Church Issues,

300 hundred young people met in Rome 19-24 March to talk about the topics that they would like bishops to discuss during their meeting for the Synod on ‘Young people, faith and vocational discernment’ next October. Chosen by their respective bishops’ conferences, they were joined by 15,000 others who took part via Facebook groups.

Young adults ask church to welcome, listen and involve them

Young adults ask church to welcome, listen and involve them

by: Catholic News Service in Church Issues,

Young people said that they want to see an 'attractive, coherent and authentic' church - to help them in their search for meaning and fulfilment. Young people want to know they are valued members of the Catholic Church and that their questions and struggles are taken seriously enough that someone will spend time with them discussing issues.

Catholic Schools – Diverse or Divisive?

Catholic Schools – Diverse or Divisive?

by: Catholic Voices - March 2018 in Church Issues,

The Catholic schools are successful and popular with parents. They outperform the national averages for Key Stage 2 by 5% and GSCE results by 4%. The schools are not however Catholic-only communities. Over 300,000 non-Catholic students attend the schools, some 35% of the total. Nor is the teaching staff exclusively Catholic – 49% are from other faiths or none.

Pope from the periphery: Five Years of Francis

Pope from the periphery: Five Years of Francis

by: Editor - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The world needs popular leadership, but not the sort that exploits and cultivates cynicism and resentment. Yet that type of populism is increasing across the globe. The one great exception is Pope Francis, who for five remarkable years has provided a civilising, humanising, compassionate influence wherever he has turned his gaze.

 Reviving the spirit of reform: The Francis Papacy Five Years

Reviving the spirit of reform: The Francis Papacy Five Years

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church Issues,

It is five years since I stood in a rain-sodden St Peter’s square to watch Pope Francis greet the world. In those first moments, I remember the authentic, unscripted feel to the occasion as a new Bishop of Rome looked out with a blank, almost uncertain expression into a sea of flashing cameras and smartphones.

Why liturgy is so important to communion

Why liturgy is so important to communion

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

In any case, the needed reconciliation between different kinds of Catholics cannot take place only through political, theological, or intellectual debate — urgent and necessary as such debate is. There can be no reconciliation between Catholics that does not involve some kind liturgical reconciliation, given the liturgy’s primary position in the life of the church.

Religion Is Being Excluded From Public Life, warns Bishop

Religion Is Being Excluded From Public Life, warns Bishop

by: Bernadette Kehoe - The Tablet in Church Issues,

Political activism is seeking to exclude religion and religious expression from the public domain, according to the  Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan. Bishop Egan also said it is urgent to argue the case for theology in a university, and for religious education in schools.

The journey toward a new way of being church continues

The journey toward a new way of being church continues

by: Fr Amado Picardal-La Croix International in Church Issues,

Its time for the Religious to pick up the cudgel for missionary dynamism.  The "Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities" focused on building up the parish into a network of small communities, of Basic Ecclesial Communities or BECs. There have been lots of efforts made in forming BECs as agents of communion, participation and mission. This should continue.

We need to be ‘RELIGIOUSLY LITERATE’

We need to be ‘RELIGIOUSLY LITERATE’

by: Lauren Nicholson-Ward-The Tablet in Church Issues,

Legally, schools and academies have a duty to provide RE to all pupils, with detailed syllabuses agreed locally.  However, as has been the case historically, some institutions fall short of their obligations.