News in Church Issues

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.

Family: A Domestic Church

Family: A Domestic Church

by: UCA News in Church Issues,

In our modern world (often hostile to religion), religious families are extremely important centers of living faith. They are “domestic churches” in which the parents are the first heralds of faith (Second Vatican Council). In the home, father, mother, and children exercise their baptismal priesthood in a privileged way.

Final Address by Pope Francis to the Synod on the Family

Final Address by Pope Francis to the Synod on the Family

by: Pope Francis in Church Issues,

There were moments of profound consolation listening to the testimony of true pastors, who wisely carry in their hearts the joys and the tears of their faithful people. Moments of consolation and grace and comfort hearing the testimonies of the families who have participated in the Synod and have shared with us the beauty and the joy of their married life.

Divorce divides the Synod

Divorce divides the Synod

by: Iacopo Scaramuzzi - Vatican Insider in Church Issues,

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is tackling the issue of remarried divorcees head on. The Synod Fathers have been dealing with the issue—which had emerged occasionally in previous discussions—since Wednesday afternoon as they work their way through the Instrumentum Laboris, the Synod’s working document.

Let us pray for a new attitude to Catholics who divorce

Let us pray for a new attitude to Catholics who divorce

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

It is rumoured that Pope Francis is ready to present his revolutionary take on divorce sooner than expected. What’s the big deal, non-Catholics must be asking? Cardinal Vincent Nichols, leader of Britain’s 4.5 million Catholics, is making noises about how his Church of “sinners” should show “mercy” to divorcees. He says there may have to be a “radical rethink” on the issue.

 Pope Francis anniversary: 'I've done things well. I've done things wrong'

Pope Francis anniversary: 'I've done things well. I've done things wrong'

by: Peter Stanford - The Telegraph in Church Issues,
Humble, magnanimous, a tornado of fresh air – the 'Francis Revolution’ is refilling churches and restoring Catholic pride. But, one year after his election, what do we really know of the man in the Vatican? Our writer went to the Pope’s Argentine home of Buenos Aires to meet the people who know him the best.