News in Church Issues

Ukraine's churches - Inspiring and confusing

Ukraine's churches - Inspiring and confusing

by: The Economist in Church Issues,

AMONG the most striking and inspiring images to emerge from the battle-scarred streets of Kiev have been photographs of priests, alone or in groups, standing between protestors and police, offering blessings, tending the wounded and praying over the dead. But who are exactly are these clerics?

The Bible has disappeared from our children's lives

The Bible has disappeared from our children's lives

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

 Almost a third of children do not know their Adam from their Noah or that David slew Goliah. The Good Samaritan is a stranger and the Nativity just a Christmas play. The latest Bible Society findings prove that the West has erased its Christian heritage from public life.

Catholic identity must be clear, uncompromising, pope tells university

Catholic identity must be clear, uncompromising, pope tells university

by: Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service in Church Issues,

 Catholic universities must give "uncompromising" and "unambiguous" witness to church teaching and defend themselves from all efforts to dilute their Catholic identity, Pope Francis said. Catholic universities, "by their very nature, are committed to demonstrating the harmony of faith and reason and the relevance of the Christian message for a full and authentically human life,"

Women should play a greater role in Church, says Pope

Women should play a greater role in Church, says Pope

by: Carol Glatz in Church Issues,

Women should play a greater role in society and the church, Pope Francis has said, stating that this could be done without sacrificing their essential attention and contribution to their families. Women’s distinctive skill sets and sensibilities make them invaluable not only for building “peace and harmony” in families, but for all of humanity, too, he said.

Pope: 'In the Church we are all missionaries and disciples'

Pope: 'In the Church we are all missionaries and disciples'

by: ICN in Church Issues,

Baptism brings us into the 'People of God', makes us members of a 'People on a journey', a 'Pilgrim People in history' - Pope Francis asserted, quoting words from the Second Vatican Council during his Wednesday catechesis at the general audience, which was dedicated to the first of the sacraments.

Get them while they’re young: why kids intuitively understand prayer

Get them while they’re young: why kids intuitively understand prayer

by: James Roberts - The Tablet in Church Issues,

 May I take gentle issue with the view expressed by Daniel Kearney in his blog of 2 January that “kids don’t get prayer’? The innocence of children, we are led to believe, reaches directly to heaven, while adult piety, which may win some but certainly loses many of the battles with the ego, usually takes a more circuitous route.

Finding leadership roles for women in the church

Finding leadership roles for women in the church

by: Bryan Cones - US Catholic in Church Issues,

Even Pope Francis, while he has dismissed the possibility of women’s ordination, acknowledged in his September interview in the Jesuit magazine America that our challenge today is “to think about the specific place of women also in those places where the authority of the church is exercised.?.?.?.” 

Pope Francis has just released a new document titled Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel.”

Pope Francis has just released a new document titled Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel.”

by: JJimmy Akin - National Catholic Register in Church Issues,

Pope Francis has just released a new document titled Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel.” It is his first apostolic exhortation, and it is devoted to the theme of the new evangelization. It was written in response to the most recent meeting of the Synod of Bishops, which took place in October, 2012.

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.