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The values of Catholic education

The values of Catholic education

by: Thnking Faith - Nicholas King SJ in Church Issues,

The task of Catholic educators today ... is to offer to learners the possibility of an encounter with Jesus Christ.’ At the beginning of a new academic year, Nicholas King SJ suggests how Catholic teachers can and do respond to the challenges that are contained in this task. How can educators create a space in which today’s young people can find the Jesus they are longing to meet?

No place for Jesus in RE, but there’s always Gandhi

No place for Jesus in RE, but there’s always Gandhi

by: Cristina Odone - The Daily Telegraph in Church Issues,

Aged eight, my daughter knew that she must take her shoes off when entering a mosque. But ask her to recite the Ten Commandments, and she couldn’t. This, despite being at a Catholic state primary. I wasn’t too surprised, therefore, to learn that religious education in state schools is inadequate – so much so that Ofsted claims most pupils don’t know who Jesus was.

Ofsted: Christianity sidelined in poor quality RE lessons

Ofsted: Christianity sidelined in poor quality RE lessons

by: Graeme Paton - The Telegraph in Church Issues,

In a damning report, the education watchdog warned that teaching about Britain’s principal religion was “one of the weakest aspects” of RE lessons in English state schools. Ofsted found that overall standards of RE were poor in six-in-10 primary schools and just over half of secondaries.The subject was a “very low priority” in many schools, inspectors warned.

How to reform the Church? Let us count the ways

How to reform the Church? Let us count the ways

by: Dr. John C Keng - UCAnews in Church Issues,

 Four suggestions for the pope's 'to-do' list. Six months into his papacy, it is crystal clear that this Argentine cardinal, now Pope Francis, was very serious about what he said. In his words and his deeds, in what he has done and what he is laying out to do, there is no doubt that the Catholic Church under Pope Francis is facing a game change.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin Secretary of State

Archbishop Pietro Parolin Secretary of State

by: L'Osservatore Romano in Church Issues,

Pope Francis has named as Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin. This morning, Saturday, 31 August, the Pontiff made public having accepted the resignation of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone -  who has held the position since 15 September 2006 – asking him to retain his responsibilities until 15 October, Archbishop Parolin will take possession of his new office.

What Catholic women want

What Catholic women want

by: Elizabeth Tenety in Church Issues,

But many in the church are raising their eyebrows–and their hopes–over the first Jesuit pope’s call for a “deeper theology of women” and his note on “a lack of a theological development” when it comes to the female half of the world’s population.

Catholicism in China Today

Catholicism in China Today

by: Tom McGregor in Church Issues,

Can one really unravel the mystery of China? Perhaps not, but the country has risen to global superpower status. Accordingly, the Western world should learn more about the Chinese economy, diplomacy and culture. A better understanding of the Catholic Church in China could bear fruit as well.

 Lumen Fidei: highlights from Pope Francis’s first encyclical

Lumen Fidei: highlights from Pope Francis’s first encyclical

by: Catholic Herald - Reporters in Church Issues,
Faith transforms the whole person precisely to the extent that he or she becomes open to love. Through this blending of faith and love we come to see the kind of knowledge which faith entails, its power to convince and its ability to illumine our steps. Faith knows because it is tied to love, because love itself brings enlightenment.
Michael Gove said religious education had suffered as a result of Government reforms.

Michael Gove said religious education had suffered as a result of Government reforms.

by: The Telegraph - Graeme Paton in Church Issues,

The Education Secretary suggested a new strategy was needed to improve the quality of lessons amid fears over a decline in the number of children studying RE to a high standard. Major faith groups including the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church will be involved in the project to “improve the quality and celebrate great religious education teaching”, he said. 

Pope Francis looks to the future

Pope Francis looks to the future

by: The Tablet in Church Issues,

Pope Francis, who now celebrates his first 100 days in office, has had open and frank conversations with such as the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and the new leader of the Anglican Communion and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Pope tells nuncios to select bishops close to the people they will serve

Pope tells nuncios to select bishops close to the people they will serve

by: Scottish Catholic Observer - Ian Dunn in Church Issues,

At a meeting in the Vatican this morning, the Holy Father also told the more than 400 gathered Pontifical representatives to help select new bishops that are close to the people they will serve. Scotland is expecting a Vatican Episcopal appointment for St Andrews and Edinburgh Archdiocese this month, and further appointments to Paisley and Dunkeld Dioceses after the summer.

To First Communicants — Pope Benedict XVI

To First Communicants — Pope Benedict XVI

by: Pope Benedict XVI and the Children in Church Issues,

Dear Pope, can you explain to us what Jesus meant when He said to the people who were following Him: “I am the bread of life”? (Anna). In preparing me for my First Communion day, my catechist told me that Jesus is present in the Eucharist. But how? I can’t see Him! (Andrea)

Shanghai, a Strong and Hard-pressed Diocese

Shanghai, a Strong and Hard-pressed Diocese

by: Sandro Magister - Chiesaespressonline in Church Issues,

A state funeral for the bishop Jin Luxian, and house arrest for his successor, Ma Daqin. The former honored by the regime, the latter accused of rebellion against his country. When it comes to China, what will the new pope do?  

Pope tells priests: practice what you preach

Pope tells priests: practice what you preach

by: UCA News in Church Issues,

Pope Francis told priests on Sunday to practice what they preach, saying the church’s credibility was on the line. During a Mass to formally take possession of one of the Vatican basilicas in Rome, Francis said ordinary Catholics need to “see in our actions what they hear from our lips.”