News in Church Issues

No going back. This synod will be decisive

No going back. This synod will be decisive

by: Brendan Walsh - The Tablet in Church Issues,

 No going back. This synod will be decisive, according to a cardinal who is close to Pope Francis and is hopeful of an outcome that will bridge the gulf between church teaching and practice.

Is Hell a thing of the past?

Is Hell a thing of the past?

by: Ian Jack - The Guardian in Church Issues,

Hell is history. That’s good news for Jerry Lee Lewis, but bad news for Scotland’s Christian heritage. I doubt my ancestors shared the rocker’s panic about the eternal fire, but the presence of the devil was a cultural touchstone. The Broad and Narrow Way, which became enormously popular as a guide to biblical texts, as well as to desirable human conduct.

Pope Francis reforms marriage annulment process

Pope Francis reforms marriage annulment process

by: Christopher Lamb in Rome-The Tablet in Church Issues,

Pope Francis today announced a reform of marriage annulments delegating power to local bishops to oversee a speedier and simplified process. The Pope has given power to the local bishop to judge annulment cases and allowed for “increased brevity” in the legal process by removing the requirement for a second judgment. 

Year of Mercy: Pope Francis grants all priests faculties to forgive abortion

Year of Mercy: Pope Francis grants all priests faculties to forgive abortion

by: Reporters - BBC in Church Issues,

The Pope said many women who sought an abortion did so because they "believe that they have no other option". He added that he had "met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonising and painful decision". The easing of the rules is being seen as a shift in Catholic Church policy, reflecting the Pope's outspoken views on compassion and mercy.

Continent is ‘hostile to religious freedom’

Continent is ‘hostile to religious freedom’

by: Jonathan Luxmoore-The Tablet in Church Issues,

A Vatican diplomat has claimed there is a growing lack of religious freedom in Europe and warned countries against violating religious rights. “The Holy See has always worked to ensure that, within international relations, respect is shown for the values of faith and inviolability of each person's conscience,” said Archbishop Antoine Camilleri, Under-Secretary for Relations with States. 

Mainstream martyr for our time

Mainstream martyr for our time

by: The Tablet in Church Issues,

The beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero is a watershed moment in the recovery of a fundamental truth. The key question that Romero’s life and death asks of the faithful everywhere is whether the Christian duty to evangelise and the Christian calling to be holy are inseparable from the Christian duty to work for a better world by opposing exploitation and injustice.

Six ways to repair the Church-Government relationship in the UK

Six ways to repair the Church-Government relationship in the UK

by: Mark Hoban-The Tablet in Church Issues,

Despite the success of the papal visit, the strong relationship between Cafod and DfID and the work on human trafficking led by the Home Secretary, Theresa May and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the relationship between the Church and the last Government was not easy. The greatest tension between Church and Government was a result of fiscal consolidation and welfare reform.

Top Catholic school takes fight for admissions policy to court

Top Catholic school takes fight for admissions policy to court

by: The Guardian in Church Issues,

The religious ethos of one of England’s oldest state-funded Catholic boys’ schools is at risk after an education watchdog attacked its admissions code, the high court has heard. The London Oratory is challenging findings by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) that many aspects of its admission arrangements for 2014 and 2015 breached the schools admissions code.

The Pope Emeritus experiment is working

The Pope Emeritus experiment is working

by: Fr Mark Drew - Catholic Herald in Church Issues,

Two years ago Benedict XVI became the first Pope Emeritus in the Catholic Church’s history. Thanks to his wisdom and restraint the historic innovation hasn’t led to disaster. Two years ago this month shock waves ran through the world’s media as Benedict XVI announced his resignation.

An Asian Woman’s Theology

An Asian Woman’s Theology

by: Several Authors - UCAnews in Church Issues,

It is important to hear and to incorporate the voices from cultures and peoples long silenced so that all will truly know the life-giving love of the Triune God. We need to once again start from lived experience and only then move to finding theological words to express those experiences.

Cardinal praises Catholics in Vietnam for their witness to the faith

Cardinal praises Catholics in Vietnam for their witness to the faith

by: Andrea Gagliarducci for CNA/EWTN News in Church Issues,

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, lauded the efforts of the Catholic community in Vietnam during his pastoral visit last week and encouraged them in the path of mission. Cardinal Filoni's dicastery coordinates missionary cooperation throughout the world, and he visited Vietnam after having accompanied Pope Francis' visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines earlier this month.

Pope launches scathing attack on Vatican plagued by ills

Pope launches scathing attack on Vatican plagued by ills

by: Ella Ide for AFP, Vatican City in Church Issues,

Pope Francis lambasted the Vatican's bureaucracy on Monday, saying some within the Church lusted for power and suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's" in comments likely to outrage his adversaries.The Argentine pontiff used a Christmas speech to cardinals, bishops and priests to list a catalogue of ailments plaguing the very top of the Church.

Vatican asks for wide input on 2015 synod on the Family

Vatican asks for wide input on 2015 synod on the Family

by: Joshua J. McElwee - National Catholic Reporter in Church Issues,

For the second time in two years, the Vatican has asked national bishops' conferences around the world to seek input from Catholics at "all levels" about how the church should respond to sometimes difficult questions of modern family life, such as divorce and remarriage.