22Sep Discuss, Debate, Discern, Decide

Brendan Hoban writes in the Western People that the key to understanding Pope Francis "is in his Jesuit training. In simple terms Jesuits, it seems, place huge emphasis on a two-stage process in dealing with problems. The first is: sponsoring discussion, debate, consultation, discernment. The second is: making a decision."

22Sep ‘Ordination ideas have changed over time’

The issue of the ordination of women to the priesthood should not even be mentioned according to some, never mind discussed and debated. For others the fact the the catholic church does not allow ordination for women is an issue of justice and diminishes the church's voice when commenting on other issues in society.
In an interesting article in the National Catholic Reporter Thomas C Fox writes of the approach taken by Gary Macy, professor of theology and chair of the religious studies department at Santa Clara University. Macy argues that we need to look to the history of the church to gain a full understanding of the nature of priesthood and ordination.

22Sep September 22nd. Tuesday, Week 25

1st Reading: Ezra 6:7-8, 12, 14-20

How the Jews rebuilt and rededicated their temple

King Darius decreed: “Do not impede the work on this house of God; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild … Read the rest

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