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CDF on cremation & conservation of ashes

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has presented an Instruction regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation.

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Pope Francis Among the Wolves

A survey showed that 20% of Curial officials polled supported Francis, 10% opposed him and 70% are waiting for the next pope!! In the last 100 years no pope has faced such opposition,

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Catholic church needs better way to select bishops (NCR)

"Francis says he wants to promote a healthy decentralization of the church. And it is hard to think of anything that currently is more centralized than Rome's appointment of bishops around the world." (Robert Mickens NCR)

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An unhealthy failure to speak (John J. Shea O.S.A)

"Do we realize the price we are paying for an un-called-for and unhealthy failure to speak?" "What happens to the church when it is separated from a living theology?" "Do we realize what happens to our theology when it is separated from the living church?"

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Catholic Deacons

An excellent insight into the role of deacons and the issue of allowing women deacons. A good video to use for group discussion. (10 minutes).

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The problems with seminaries

“Is it possible that the seminary is not the place for priestly formation? Diarmaid Martin, speaking on the radio, suggested that it is not, that those who wish to be priests should be assigned to a parish on an apprenticeship basis with built-in periods for theological study?” “I believe that the negative influence of clericalism...

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Francis to create commission to study female deacons in Catholic church

Pope Francis has announced he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic church (Source: NCR)

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The pontificate might be stuck in the mud

"After three very uplifting and incredible years under the prophetic leadership and compelling personal witness of Pope Francis, many reform-minded Catholics have again become quite worried about the future direction of their church." Robert Mickens (NCR)

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Faith formation: the role of home, parish and school

Aidan Hart outlines a model of faith formation centred on the family and parish, supported by and influencing the school.

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Limerick Diocese Synod ….. a real marker, but the journey goes on

Synod delegate Ainead Ní Mhuirthile, gathers her immediate thoughts following the conclusion of the 3-day Synod event in Limerick.

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