News in Church Issues

Nichols concern over women bishops

Nichols concern over women bishops

by: Vicent Nichols - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Archbishop of Westminster has said that the Church of England will move further away from "the Catholic tradition" if it decides to ordain women bishops. Archbishop Vincent Nichols said the Catholic Church was following the process "with some concern."

High Court bid to block Catholic schools fails

High Court bid to block Catholic schools fails

by: Graeme Paton - The Telegraph in Church Issues,

The future of faith schools was safeguarded today after a bid to block two new Catholic schools was dismissed by the High Court. Local parents and the British Humanist Association have lost their High Court bid to block the opening of two new faith schools.

Final Message of The Synod on New Evangelisation

Final Message of The Synod on New Evangelisation

by: Vatican Information Service in Church Issues,

The synodal assembly took place from 7 to 28 October and examined the theme: "The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith". An English-language summary of the text, issued by the Synod, is given here.

UK urged to press Indonesia on religion

UK urged to press Indonesia on religion

by: UCA News in Church Issues,

 Rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today urged the UK government to use Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s state visit this week as an opportunity to discuss religious intolerance in his country.

New Evangelization: listen to the laity

New Evangelization: listen to the laity

by: The Tablet in Church Issues,

The phrase "New Evangelisation" was coined to refer to the situation in mainly European countries that have long been Christian at least nominally, but where the practice of the faith is in decline and the future may belong to various types of secu­larism, either neutral with regard to faith or hostile to it.

Evangelisation is not the work of specialists but of the entire people of God

Evangelisation is not the work of specialists but of the entire people of God

by: Vatican Information Service in Church Issues,

"As members of the college of bishops, you must always have particular care for the universal Church, especially by promoting and defending the unity of the faith. ... This is a particularly important in our own times, which call on you courageously to invite mankind of all degrees to meet Christ and to strengthen the faith". 

Archbishop Longley tells synod: ecumenism makes us better evangelisers

Archbishop Longley tells synod: ecumenism makes us better evangelisers

by: Catholic Herald Reporters in Church Issues,

The Catholic Church’s commitment to dialogue and a growing common witness with others churches and ecclesial communities must also serve the new evangelization. Authentic dialogue promotes the conversion of heart that opens us to a relationship with others where the message of the Gospel can be more clearly expressed and more fruitfully received.

Catholics get their own social network

Catholics get their own social network

by: Alessandro Speciale, Vatican City in Church Issues,

I took part in last week’s launch of the much-anticipated “Catholic social networking site” Aleteia. The event took place at a bookshop a stone’s throw away from the Vatican – a far cry from the original venue announced for the event, the HQ of Vatican Radio.

The struggle of conscience at the heart of the financial crisis

The struggle of conscience at the heart of the financial crisis

by: Archbishop Vincent Nichols in Church Issues,

Creating wealth is a noble calling but many businessmen feel pressurised to adopt different moral values at work and home. Four years or more after the crisis broke, we are still talking of the lessons to be learnt – but not much nearer identifying what exactly they are, let alone applying them.

Summary of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "ECCLESIA IN MEDIO ORIENTE"

Summary of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "ECCLESIA IN MEDIO ORIENTE"

by: Pope Benedict XVI in Church Issues,

The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortion "Ecclesia in Medio Oriente" is the document elaborated by Benedict XVI based on the forty-four final propositions of the special Synod for the Middle East, which was held in Vatican City from 10 to 26 October 2010 on the theme: "The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and witness. 'The company of those who believed were of one heart and soul'".

Pope in Lebanon: Address to Young People

Pope in Lebanon: Address to Young People

by: Pope Benedict XVI in Church Issues,

Pope Benedict XVI is known to have a special place in his heart for young people. Following his meeting with government officials, he delivered an address to young people gathered on the square in front of the Maronite Patriarchate at Bkerke.

What hope for the faith school?

What hope for the faith school?

by: Peter Stanford - The Telegraph in Church Issues,

Thirty years ago, its 400 pupils were all Catholics, many of them first or second-generation Irish. Now all but 10 per cent are Muslims, yet their parents are apparently happy for them to sit through lessons taught by a largely Christian staff and taken from a Catholic syllabus. “What can I say?” exclaims 72-year-old Fr Kelly. “It’s their choice. We make no imposition on them to change their religion.”