Posts Tagged ‘2018 Youth Synod’

Synodality: Can Catholicism be decentralised? Comments 0

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

The youth synod’s final report resoundingly endorses ‘synodality’. This could be a positive step – once bishops have worked out what it means Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has often expressed the desire for a more “synodal” style of Church life, and commentators on Catholic affairs now increasingly speak of “synodality”. What do Read more

Why the Synod of Bishops blinked on zero tolerance Comments 0

Monday, November 5th, 2018
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If you’re an American Catholic, or an Australian, Irish, German, Chilean, or from pretty much anyplace else scarred by clerical sexual abuse scandals, news that a global summit of Catholic bishops in 2018 could walk up to the brink of endorsing a “zero tolerance” policy, only to pull back at the last minute, may seem Read more

Vatican opening on sexuality worries conservatives Comments 0

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Did a just-concluded meeting of Catholic bishops here open the door to rethinking Catholic teaching on homosexuality? The question was unexpectedly left hanging in the wake of the final report of the Vatican’s synod on young people, which ended Sunday (Oct. 28). Produced in a unique collaboration between 249 bishops and some three dozen young Read more

Youth synod: final document released Comments 0

Monday, October 29th, 2018

The final document of the synod on young people has been released. It showcases a Church which listens, “walks with” people, gives women a role in decision-making and ends governance by issuing edicts from on high. The document says it is a “duty of justice” that women become involved in decision-making in the Church. It Read more

Vatican ‘suffragettes’. Women want a vote in a man’s Church Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Catholic women say there’s a clerical stained glass ceiling in the Vatican, and they want to shatter it. They want to vote in major policy meetings. They want Pope Francis to deliver on his promise to put more women in senior positions in the Holy See’s administration. And some of them say they want to Read more

Bishop says China’s one-child policy leads to trafficking Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

China’s one-child policy is leading to human trafficking, says Cardinal Charles Bo of Myanmar. Speaking at the current synod on youth taking place in Rome, Bo says during synod he was reflecting on the situation for young people in Myanmar. He says the position young people in Europe are in is “quite different” from young Read more

World’s superiors general want women’s votes at synod Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Women’s votes at synods of bishops should be sought and they should have a larger role, say two Rome-based umbrella groups representing about a million Catholic religious from around the world. The Union of Superiors General for priests and brothers and the International Union of Superiors General for sisters and nuns are working on a Read more

Digital missionaries may provide a way forward Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Digital missionaries could help the Church become part of the digital world. In an update about the current Youth Synod meeting in Rome, Dr Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, says a constant theme is focusing on digital communications. Ruffini says the issue of the pastoral care of young people in the Read more

Waste time to form connections with young people Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Bishops should waste time to connect with young people, 54 year-old Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya says. Speaking to his fellow bishops at the synod on youth, Mulheria noted: “There’s a lot of fury that goes on in discussing what we should do for the young people, what we should propose to them, what do Read more

Some married men would become priests if asked Comments 0

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Some married men would become priests if they were invited to, a Belgian bishop told the Synod of Bishops on behalf of Belgium’s bishops’ conference. Bishop Jean Kockerols said the vocations of Christian marriage and “celibacy for the kingdom” of God “deserve to be equally promoted by the church.” Kockerols said Christians are expected to Read more