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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.

THE SHOCK OF THE NEW

THE SHOCK OF THE NEW

by: Brendan Walsh - The Tablet in Church Issues,

“It’s something I’ve lived; something I’ve experienced,” he says simply. “You can’t teach unless you’re ready to learn. And you can’t learn unless you’re ready to listen. And what the Pope does so dramatically in Amoris is to show, through the whole of Scripture, in one story after another, how God has chosen family life as a privileged way in which we see who God is and what God is doing.”

Working towards a full-scale 'paradigm shift'

Working towards a full-scale 'paradigm shift'

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

Cardinal Pietro Parolin this week put his finger on the single most important issue that has become the driving force of the small, but tenacious opposition to Pope Francis and his pontificate. It is the full-scale “paradigm shift” the pope is working so diligently to bring about within the global Catholic Church. 

Pope inspires new thinking on bishop appointments

Pope inspires new thinking on bishop appointments

by: Fr. Joseph Bai, Shanghai - UCANews in Church Issues,

The appointment of a bishop is a very important issue in the study of theological doctrine relating to the Catholic Church. According to the Code of Canon Law, "the Supreme Pontiff freely appoints bishops or confirms those legitimately elected." It also stipulates that "in the future, no rights and privileges of election, nomination, presentation, or designation of bishops are granted to civil authorities" by the church.

Adult baptism requests shake up the Catholic Church

Adult baptism requests shake up the Catholic Church

by: Arnaud Bevilacqua - La Croix International in Church Issues,

The rising number of adult catechumens living in increasingly “complex” matrimonial situations raises many questions for Catholic leaders. The Catholic Institute of Paris recently hosted a study day to examine the issues and seek ways forward. 

An Irish theologian looks back at tumultuous change in the Church

An Irish theologian looks back at tumultuous change in the Church

by: Gabriel Daly-The Tablet in Church Issues,

Looking back over my theological life has been a thought-provoking and sometimes humbling experience. At the conclusion of my primary studies for the priesthood in the late 1940s and early 1950s, I was regrettably incurious about what was going on in the wider theological world – beyond the then mandatory narrow and legalistic scholasticism.

Pope speaks to young people at the cathedral in Yangon

Pope speaks to young people at the cathedral in Yangon

by: UCA News in Church Issues,

Dear young people of Myanmar, hearing your young voices and listening to you sing today, I want to apply those words to you.  Yes, you are "a welcome sound;" you are a beautiful and encouraging sight, for you bring us ‘good news’, the good news of your youth, your faith and your enthusiasm.  Indeed, you are good news, because you are concrete signs of the Church’s faith in Jesus Christ, who brings us a joy and a hope that will never die.

Vietnamese bishops journey with young families

Vietnamese bishops journey with young families

by: ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City in Church Issues,
As part of this education, priests should encourage families to pray together at home, attend retreats. Young families should receive guidance on reproduction, education of their children and how to best resolve marriages disputes and family conflicts. "Dioceses should establish parish-based counselling groups that work with young couples facing problems of family and marriage," said Joseph Tran Van Dai, a Catholic from Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese.
Can the Catechism of the Catholic Church evolve?

Can the Catechism of the Catholic Church evolve?

by: Céline Hoyeau-La Croix International in Church Issues,

“A tradition, if it is not to die, must express its convictions in the language of the time: a language that will, therefore, be new.” “Evangelical values enter the consciousness of human beings over time,” adds the Jesuit theologian Bernard Sesboüé, “and the Church has sometimes had to follow a long road in order to increasingly clarify the element of ‘infallible truth’”.

Catholic Church in Scotland wants hate crime stopped

Catholic Church in Scotland wants hate crime stopped

by: La Croix International Editor in Church Issues,

Catholic Church leaders worried about religious hate crime in Scotland, is to hold talks with the Scottish government to help curb the violence.“They have urged ministers to acknowledge the frequency with which Catholics are being targeted,” reports www.scotsman.com. 

There are more than 5000 Bishops-Far more than the Pope can know personally

There are more than 5000 Bishops-Far more than the Pope can know personally

by: Sara Maitland-The Tablet in Church Issues,

There are slightly more than 5,000 bishops in the Catholic Church – far more than the Pope can possibly know personally. Last year 193 new bishops were consecrated. That is very nearly four a week, from five continents, speaking God alone knows how many languages. Each one is appointed personally and directly by the Pope, and he is free to select anyone he likes – a right not fully established until it was included in the Code of Canon Law in 1917 and confirmed at the Second Vatican Council.

Pope Francis ‘pleased’ with Card Parolin’s ‘constructive’ visit to Russia

Pope Francis ‘pleased’ with Card Parolin’s ‘constructive’ visit to Russia

by: Vatican Radio in Church Issues,

(Vatican Radio)  Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, is just returned from a 4-day state visit to Russia, with which he says Pope Francis is “pleased”. In an exclusive interview with Vatican media on Friday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin reviewed his state visit to Russia this week, pointing out its highlights and the issues as yet unresolved between the Holy See and the Russian Federation. 

Irish teenagers just don't 'do religion'

Irish teenagers just don't 'do religion'

by: Sarah Mac Donald - The Tablet in Church Issues,

Irish teenagers just don't 'do religion': Will Pope's Dublin visit bring renewal of faith to young catholics. There are hopes that Pope Francis’ arrival in Dublin next year will bring renewal of faith to lapsed young Catholics. Yet many worry that they may now be lost to the Church for good.

Imagining the future: A diocese in north east England takes the collapse in clergy numbers as an opportunity for renewal

Imagining the future: A diocese in north east England takes the collapse in clergy numbers as an opportunity for renewal

by: Jim O'Keefe - The Tablet in Church Issues,

Can Catholics deepen their faith even as the Church appears to be shrinking in size and losing confidence? It’s a question the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is currently attempting to address. Three years ago, on 16 July 2014, the bishop, Séamus Cunningham, announced what appeared to some to be an audacious programme, not of rescue and survival, but of development and renewal.

Everyone Needs to Hear the Good News

Everyone Needs to Hear the Good News

by: Tom Grufferty - The Tablet in Church Issues,

When a diocese decided to explore strategies for evangelisation, the results were more positive than many had anticipated. One key discovery was the deep and neglected spiritual hunger in the general population