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

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

“If the bishops in this country are incapable of addressing women’s ordination—perhaps partly because of loyalty, partly because the church never makes mistakes, partly because of fear, and partly because they simply are not informed enough to speak—and if the...
Catholic Deacons

Catholic Deacons

An excellent insight into the role of catholic deacons and the issue of allowing women deacons. A good video to use for group discussion? (10 minutes). Source: pbs.org “In the Roman Catholic Church, laymen called deacons may perform some duties of priests, such...
The problems with seminaries

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...
Greens, Secularism & Faith:  Seeking Synergy

Greens, Secularism & Faith: Seeking Synergy

Review article prompted by ‘Green Values, Religion and Secularism: Conversations with European Politicians and Activists’, Eds. Nuala Ahern and Erica Meijers * This book was for me an indispensable and fascinating – and yet a frustrating read....
The pontificate might be stuck in the mud

The pontificate might be stuck in the mud

by Robert Mickens (National Catholic Reporter, May 2016) “A reformed Synod of Bishops, similar to ecumenical councils, must be invested with decision-making authority…….” “Such a synod would have to be called into session more frequently...

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