News in Church Issues

‘The future is bright: I’m convinced of that’

‘The future is bright: I’m convinced of that’

by: Blanche Girouard and John Griffiths - The Tablet in Church Issues,

What is the experience of being a priest today, serving in an ordinary parish, in a Church that is struggling to maintain its credibility? In a new six-part series, six men – some ordained more than 50 years ago, others not long out of the seminary – share their fears and concerns, their hopes and dreams.

Combating Clericalism

Combating Clericalism

by: Claire Lesegretain - La Croix International in Church Issues,

When the pope speaks of clericalism, he insists on the fact that this problem concerns the whole Church. If there is temptation to perversion, it affects all that is most sensitive in the life of the Church. Moreover, you only need to see the extent to which the pope's words evoked strong reactions to realize that this is a crucial matter. 

Rethinking the diversity of ministries to overcome clericalism

Rethinking the diversity of ministries to overcome clericalism

by: Isabelle de Gaulmyn, Strasbourg - La Croix International in Church Issues,

A conference organized by the Strasbourg Faculty of Theology has examined several possibilities for re-balancing the power of priests and lay people. "Clericalism is the enemy!" was the mantra of anticlerical Republicans during the late 19th century. Curiously, the slogan has now become a favorite among Catholics in relation to ecclesial dysfunction.

 UK’s persecution review too limited, Churches warn

UK’s persecution review too limited, Churches warn

by: Liz Dodd , Rose Gamble - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Prime minister and foreign secretary used their Easter messages to highlight the cause of persecuted Christians around the world, despite the heads of the Churches in England decrying as “limited” a much-lauded government inquiry into persecution.

Pope updates norms for former Anglicans, Episcopalians

Pope updates norms for former Anglicans, Episcopalians

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

Divine Worship "gives expression to and preserves for Catholic worship the worthy Anglican liturgical patrimony, understood as that which has nourished the Catholic faith throughout the history of the Anglican tradition and prompted aspirations towards ecclesial unity."

Bishops ask Catholics: What does the Bible mean to you?

Bishops ask Catholics: What does the Bible mean to you?

by: Liz Dodd - The Tablet in Church Issues,

Catholics in England and Wales are being asked whether they think the Bible is fiction or part of an outdated collection of historical documents in a new a national survey into attitudes toward scripture. The Bishops’ Conference launched the survey into Catholic attitudes towards the Bible in preparation for an upcoming year dedicated to Scripture, called the God Who Speaks.

Christus vivit: At the heart of the solution

Christus vivit: At the heart of the solution

by: Chris Knowles - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Synod in Rome in October last year focused on young people, faith and vocational discernment; in his reflection on the Synod published last week, Pope Francis places the energy, creativity and openness of young people at the centre of his reform of the Church.

The Church under pressure: Reform or counter-reform?

The Church under pressure: Reform or counter-reform?

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

Bishop Charles Morerod recently told La Croix "the Church reforms itself under the influence of seemingly adverse forces. "Mounting pressure is a key factor to consider in the debates within the Church about the institutional reforms that are needed to address how bishops have failed in handling sex abuse cases. But this pressure on the institutional Church is undeniably different today from that of the past.

Britain to retain status within European bishops' commission after Brexit

Britain to retain status within European bishops' commission after Brexit

by: Jonathan Luxmoore , Ellen Teague - The Tablet in Church Issues,

"EU churches wish to send a clear signal that they stand for a united Europe", said the Austrian Church's Comece delegate, Bishop Egidius Zsifkovics. "Brexit is a tragic development, particularly since Europe owes so much to Britain, so it's important to all our members that British representatives continue participating in our discussions".

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.