Category: Articles

In Preparation for the Synods of 2014 & 2015: Prof Dr Joseph Selling

When Vatican II drew up its document ‘On Fostering the Nobility of Marriage and the Family’ (Gaudium et Spes, Part II, chapter 1, para. 47-52) the Bishops invited and listened to the voices of married persons and were attentive to their personal experiences. The result was a renewed, more realistic teaching. However, when the 1980...

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EVANGELII GAUDIUM (The joy of the Gospel) – Highlights

EVANGELII GAUDIUM – THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL HIGHLIGHTS FROM CHAPTER ONE Quotes from the Popes first Apostolic Exhortation  Pope Francis has issued his first Apostolic Exhortation today, Evangelii Gaudium,  The Joy of the Gospel. The 224-page document outlines the Pope’s vision for a missionary Church, whose “doors should always be open”.  Here are some...

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The Francis Effect (Nov 2013)

Why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis by Jonathan Freedland, Guardian, (Fri 15th Nov 2013) “As if this weren’t enough to have Francis’s 76-year-old face on the walls of the world’s student bedrooms, he also seems set to lead a church campaign on the environment. He was photographed this week with anti-fracking activists,...

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Another Look at Gaudium et Spes (by Margaret Lee)

Gaudium et Spes – The Church in the Modern World  (read it here …..) A Catholic magazine, published in Spain, recently judged that the greatest scandal of Catholicism is that we are not a church of the poor.  The election of Pope Francis might help us to redress this failing but it is possible that...

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Like us on Facebook!

ACI now has its own page on Facebook.  We hope this will be another way both to allow for dialogue and debate, and also to let more people know what we are up to.  If you are on Facebook, please like us… and let your facebook friends know about us too! Check us out on...

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Mandatory Celibacy: Time to Discuss Its Flaws [Source: VOTF]

“It is not pleasant to call our leaders to account. But the Church institution that seeks to nourish us spiritually is failing in its responsibility, and a primary cause of its failure is the negative aspects of clericalism—a mindset that elevates celibate males to a “ruling caste” status, thus creating an elitist barrier to unity,...

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Ireland hosts ‘International Movement We are Church’ Gathering Nov 2013

Ireland played host to a gathering of the ‘International Movement We are Church’ (IMWAC).  Representatives from 11 European Countries (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom) and the United States gathered in All Hallows College, Dublin, from 1st to 3rd November 2013, to discuss their contribution to the present reform...

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Women resistant to Pope Francis’ call for new theology

“Personally, I am not sure why there needs to be a theology of women, and certainly not one written by men,” A recent Vatican symposium was held to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s 1988 apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (“On the Dignity and Vocation of Women”). The Women’s Section of the Pontifical...

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CCR Letter to Pope Francis ready for signing [deadline 25th Nov 2013]

To all supporters of church reform Letter to Pope Francis ready for signing Thank you for all of your input to help make this letter to Pope Francis our best effort. It is now posted and ready for signing. The signing period is up to 25th November 2013.  The letter will be sent out on...

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Reflections from the Down & Connor Diocesan Congress (held Sept 2013)

   ‘A Church welcoming to all, without exception!” seemed to be the rallying call from the first Down and Connor diocesan ‘Congress’ held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, on Saturday 28th September 2013; and this was indeed a welcome event in the history of Down and Connor. We were blessed with a beautiful autumn morning...

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