10Oct Healthy Confusion at the Synod

Joshua J. McElwee reports in the NCR about the latest happenings at the synod in Rome.


08Oct The church I long to see

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.

07Oct Archbishop calls for possibility of ordaining women as Deacons

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.

05Aug “Don’t treat divorced Catholics as outcasts”. Pope Francis

Comments made by Pope Francis at an audience today about the status of divorced and remarried Catholics are attracting a lot of attention.

16Jun Does marriage mean exactly what we want it to mean?

Brendan Hoban writing in the Western People wonders if marriage really only means what we want it to mean. Brendan says 'The Catholic Church, it could be argued, has a similar problem. It makes a distinction between two kinds of marriage: ‘sacramental’ and ‘natural’.
However this 'may be an important one to remember when the October Synod reassembles in Rome. In short, marriage doesn’t have to be sacramental to be accepted by the Catholic Church.'

28May Planning for change?

Edward Pentin reports in the National Catholic Register about a meeting that took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday 25 May with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family in October.

26May ‘Where is love in the Lineamenta’?

Press Release by the Association of Catholics in Ireland concerning the forthcoming Synod on Family .
" a synod without the significant involvement of married laity will lack authority."

10Apr Submissions for the Synod

Attached are two submissions to the Synod.
One from ACI and the second from AUSCP.
The Association of Catholics in Ireland have provided a lengthy document and the AUSCP have provide a summary of what they say "U.S. priests with decades of family ministry have presented to the Vatican office for the Synod of Bishops on the family. The survey results, with responses from almost 600 U.S. priests, were presented today (April 10) to Msgr. John Abbruzzese of the Synod office".

07Mar ‘Open Forum on the Family’, Regency Hotel, Drumcondra, Dublin Saturday 21 March 2015

To provide ACI members and supporters with an alternative approach to the consultation process the ACI Steering Group is organising an ‘Open Forum’ on the Family’ in the Regency Hotel in Dublin on Saturday, 21 March, 2015.

26Feb Widen the circle at the 2015 Family Synod

Deborah Rose-Milavec, Executive Director of FutureChurch, brings to our attention a campaign to 'widen the circle' of those who can contribute at the Synod about family.
She argues that 'The synod would benefit from listening to Catholic representatives from diverse constituencies and from engaging in the dialogue Pope Francis has promoted throughout his papacy. We believe widening the circle will create greater understanding among the synod fathers whose final recommendations to Pope Francis may impact our Church's pastoral practice for years to come.'