News in Church Issues

Pope to scientists: Faith doesn't hurt reason, it leads to greater truth

Pope to scientists: Faith doesn't hurt reason, it leads to greater truth

by: Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service in Church Issues,

Because scientists can never be neutral in their research, they must not be tempted to suppress the truth and ignore the divine, Pope Francis told health care professionals. "Openness to God's grace, which comes through faith, does not weaken human reason, but rather leads it toward knowledge of a truth which is wider and of greater benefit to humanity,"  Pope said.

View from Krakow

View from Krakow

by: The Tablet in Church Issues,

Poland was always going to require some deft tightrope-walking by Pope Francis. The Polish Church embodies many of the elements of Catholicism he most wants to see reformed, and many of its bishops are resistant, even hostile, to the more open direction that marks his papacy.

The Church & Women: At a Crossroad

The Church & Women: At a Crossroad

by: Sr Joan Chittister OSB - UCAnews in Church Issues,

Pope Francis has won the heart of the world by being humble, simple and pastoral — the warm and caring face of the church, a man like Jesus who is a man of the poor. The full humanity of women, human anthropology, and our efforts to eradicate poverty are indeed among the issues that will measure both this papacy.

Christianity not a colonial enterprise

Christianity not a colonial enterprise

by: Guillaume Goubet and Sébastien Maillard - La Croix in Church Issues,

Yes, Europe has Christian roots and it is Christianity's responsibility to water those roots. But this must be done in a spirit of service as in the washing of the feet. Christianity's duty to Europe is one of service. Christianity's contribution to a culture is that of Christ in the washing of the feet. In other words, service and the gift of life. It must not become a colonial enterprise.

People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales

People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales

by: Harriet Sherwood - The Guardian in Church Issues,
The proportion of the population who identify as having no religion – referred to as “nones” – reached 48.5% in 2014, almost double the figure of 25% in the 2011 census. Those who define themselves as Christian – Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations – made up 43.8% of the population.
 
Pope announces commission to study women deacons

Pope announces commission to study women deacons

by: UCANews in Church Issues,
Pope Francis told the heads of women's religious that he would set up a commission to study the possibility of allowing women deacons. Asked if he would establish "an official commission to study the question" of whether women could be admitted to the diaconate, Pope Francis responded: "I accept. It would be useful for the church to clarify this question. I agree." 
Catholics asked to thank God for the ‘insights’ of the Reformation

Catholics asked to thank God for the ‘insights’ of the Reformation

by: David V Barrett-Catholic Herald in Church Issues,
Joint prayer with Lutherans prepared in advance of the 500th anniversary of the Ninety-Five Theses. The Catholic and Lutheran Churches have issued a joint prayer thanking God for the “insights” received through the Reformation. The service has been devised by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation in advance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next year.
Talks over Government Academy Plan

Talks over Government Academy Plan

by: Rose Gamble - The Tablet in Church Issues,

THE CATHOLIC Education Service (CES) is working with the Government on new Memoranda of Understanding to ensure the protection of the character and ethos of church schools, following the Chancellor’s announcement that all state schools in England are to become academies by 2020. 

The 'Spotlight' on crimes against children

The 'Spotlight' on crimes against children

by: Shay Cullen, - UCAnews in Church Issues,

The 'Spotlight' on crimes against children It is the responsibility of all to protect society's most vulnerable. There comes a time when truth has to be revealed, when the secrecy of crimes can no longer be contained and denied, and when the guilty must be held to account. History shows that secrecy and cover-ups keep that day of reckoning at bay but one day the truth will come out.

A vision for the church in India

A vision for the church in India

by: Fr Myron J. Pereira SJ, - UCA News in Church Issues,

 Catholic clergy needs to evolve to keep up and meet new challenges as society changes. The world is at a tipping point and so is India with a majoritarian government in power with another idea of what India is. The church is also at a turning point — in "mutation" — as it re-defines itself, away from canonical institutions to a more evangelical presence in the world. 

Making your own mind up on role of religion and belief in UK public life--

Making your own mind up on role of religion and belief in UK public life--

by: Gwen Griffith-Dickson - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Commission’s vision report: a nation with a deeply-rooted Christian history, but which has accommodated others at an ever-accelerating pace. It argues that all should be treated with equal respect and concern, knowing that their culture, religion and beliefs are embraced and valued as contributing to the nation’s common life.

English Bishops: BBC's cuts to religion aid extremism

English Bishops: BBC's cuts to religion aid extremism

by: John Bingham, BBC Religious Affairs Editor in Church Issues,

Corporation is preparing significant cuts to its religion and ethics budget despite accusations that it has already sidelined faith issues. Rt Rev Rachel Treweek remarked that the decision to cut religious programming had presumably been taken 'to reduce the possibility of offending people with too much God stuff over the holiday'

When our Children stop going to Mass

When our Children stop going to Mass

by: Sandra Carroll & John J. Dietzen - UCA News in Church Issues,

 Whereas ‘ceasing to attend Mass is an early phase of the process of disconnecting from the Church, disidentification is the final step’. What is interesting is that the report notes that, although the participants have stopped going to Mass, most are still connected in some way to Catholic life and faith. We need to listen to these people….

Britain’s landscape in terms of religion and belief has been transformed beyond recognition

Britain’s landscape in terms of religion and belief has been transformed beyond recognition

by: Harriet Sherwood - The Guardian, Religion correspondent in Church Issues,

“Britain’s landscape in terms of religion and belief has been transformed beyond recognition,” says the report, Living With Difference. It points to three “striking” trends: • The rapidly increasing number of people with non-religious belief and identities, now almost half the population. • The decline in Christianity, now a minority of the population. • Increased diversity in faith and rapid demographic growth of Muslim, Sikh and Hindu populations in the UK.

Lord's Prayer cinema ad ban in England

Lord's Prayer cinema ad ban in England

by: Caroline Wyatt-BBC Religious affairs correspondent in Church Issues,

The Church of England has said it is "disappointed and bewildered" by the refusal of leading UK cinemas to show an advert featuring the Lord's Prayer. The Church called the decision "plain silly" and warned it could have a "chilling" effect on free speech. It had hoped the 60-second film would be screened UK-wide before Christmas.

The Guardian view on the pope’s divisions: he should choose what’s best for women

The Guardian view on the pope’s divisions: he should choose what’s best for women

by: The Guardian Editorial- 25/10/2015 in Church Issues,

It is an extraordinary reflection that one of the groups that has the greatest influence over women’s lives today is composed of celibate men. Yet the decisions made by the pope and his bishops affect hundreds of millions of women. The Catholic church is one of the largest providers of healthcare and education in the world.