Joan Chittester reacts to Pope Francis’ committment to develop “a profound theology of the woman”, asking what contributiom women will be allowed to make to this. (Article comprises remarks made at a conference aiming to give a snapshot view of Pope Francis and the challenges he faces: first published in the NCR on 11 December 2013 — see www.ncronline.org.)
- 8th December, 2013: 2nd Sunday of Advent
- Survey for the Synod on the Family is available here
- What Francis said to the Dutch bishops
- German bishops say pope endorses divorcee Communion plan
- The ‘stupidity’ of Veritas has compounded the harm done to the Church’s good name by the Tony Flannery episode
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Different strokes for different folks
Brendan Hoban reviews the movie ‘Philomena’, currently on general release. He believes it didn’t need to add fictional elements to present the facts as unacceptable and inhumane (first published in this week’s Western People).
Sean M O’Connail assesses the progress in the ten-year plan of implementing the National Directory for Catechesis and finds that, three years in, it has come to a standstill. He calls on the Irish Bishops to acknowledge the state of emergency in the Irish Church, given the crisis facing clerical manpower and morale.
The ‘stupidity’ of Veritas has compounded the harm done to the Church’s good name by the Tony Flannery episode
The ‘stupidity’ of Veritas has compounded the harm done to the Church’s good name by the Tony Flannery episodeDecember 8th, 2013
Seamus Ahearne osa reflects with sadness and anger on Veritas’ continuing decision not to stock Tony Flannery’s book
The ACP Leadership Team reports that the German Bishops are taking the Pope at his word, and acting accordingly — and they ask: “what are the chances that Irish Church authorities might do the same?”
The Irish Bishops‘ statement at the end of their Winter meeting in Maynooth included comments on the two major initiatives from the Vatican in recent days – the questionnaire on the Synod on the Family, and Pope Francis’ document, The Joy of the Gospel. (Published on the bishops’ website: read the full statement here)
Brendan Hoban reviews Untying the Knots by Paul Vallely, the celebrated biography of Pope Francis (first published in the Western People, 24 November 2013)