05Oct Faith; the ability to live with uncertainty

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.'

05Oct Who shall be heard? The Synod, 2015.

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."

05Oct 5th October. Monday in Week 27

1st Reading: Jonah 1:1–2:1

Jonah is swallowed up by the whale

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, ‘Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness …




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