Annual General Meeting
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Lord says:
“Let the nations rouse themselves, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all …
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Gerard Moloney gives his vision of church in his own blog
Gerard says it exists for many but we need those in authority to institute changes that will make it all real and give us a church that is fit for purpose.
Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service, reporting in www.cruznow.com writes about the call made by a Canadian bishop for women deacons.
The issue of the role of women in our church is not going away, and won't, no matter how many attempts are made to suppress and close down dialogue and debate.
St. John Paul II called for “no more degradation of women” in the world in “Familiaris Consortio”, 1981.
But there is a credibility issue for us with huge numbers of people, in making such calls, when women are still excluded from ordained ministry and from real decision making roles.
Ordaining women as deacons would be seen by many as a very tentative first step in righting a wrong.
Brendan Hoban writing in his weekly Western People column worries about the type of church some church leaders are pushing on the faithful.
"What’s emerging is almost a church within a church where visions, novenas and relics skirt the edges of superstition, where questionable piosities are lauded and intellectual rigour is suspect, where asking a question is tantamount to betrayal, where pleasure is distrusted and sexual pleasure anathema, where Catholicism takes on an Amish-like appearance and where a series of ‘Catholic’ newspapers encourage a return to the severity, rigidity and judgementalism of the past.'
Tony Flannery thinks we should accept Pope Francis' invitation to discuss openly and honestly issues in the church.
Francis said recently' The path ahead, then, is dialogue among yourselves, dialogue in your presbyterates, dialogue with lay persons, dialogue with families, dialogue with society.I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly.'
Tony feels it is time there was an open dialogue about the issue of ordination for women.
Chris McDonnell wonders which voice will be heard in the Synod. Those that haven't been included in the past need to be; "we are now in the early days of the Synod, considering the statements that arose from discussions a year ago, the question of women’s place in the Church cannot be set aside."
John J. O Shea writes an open letter to 300+ delegates and alternates who are going to the synod from the different countries.
John J. challenges all to speak freely, boldly, and without fear about the true status of women in our church.
Donald Cozens writing in Commonweal suggests that 'Pope Francis, in harmony with the work of contemporary theologians like Bernard Häring, Charles Curran, Margaret Farley and others, is showing us how to move beyond the narrow legalisms of act-centered morality.'
This is in contrast to the position that has pertained since the time of the Council of Trent when there was 'an emphasis on the “act committed” rather than on the penitent’s encounter with the healing mercy of Jesus Christ and his or her overall moral orientation.'
The U.S. Secret Service kept Pope Francis safe during his recent travels in the U.S.A., even if some think their methods a little over enthusiastic for a man who prefers to travel in a small Fiat rather than an armoured SUV.
Seamus Ahearne suggests that maybe we now need to protect him from our need for a jamboree by expecting him to attend the Congress on the Family for 2018.
Seamus thinks Francis' time is precious and "I would much prefer that we respect the age of Pope Francis and conserve his energy and reduce his trips abroad. We should be caring for him and protecting him ...We need to keep him at home and let him do as much as he can, in enlivening the Church."
The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have published an extraordinarily candid piece of criticism of the Church taken from a summary of responses to a consultation conducted in preparation for the forthcoming international synod of bishops in Rome next month, on the subject of marriage and family life.
An editorial in The Tablet states that "they want a Church that engages with married life and its messy difficulties realistically and humanely, not one offering idealistic textbook answers."
One respondent is quoted as saying: “It would seem that right now the Church may well have more to learn from marriage and family life than to teach.”