Posts Tagged ‘Catholic’

Are the bishops up to the pope’s challenge to build a synodal Church? Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

There has been attention on Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation that elaborates on discussions regarding marriage and the family, which took places in 2014 and 2015 within the Synod of Bishops. But something has largely been neglected. It is the reception of the pope’s focus on synodality and its importance for the Church Read more

The power and problems of Pentecostalism Comments 0

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

John Allen has reported here on the surge of Pentecostalism across Africa and the threat it presents to established Catholicism. Here is what he has to say: Today the primary competition stems from Africa’s sprawling galaxy of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches, some part of global denominations but most home-grown. In many parts of the continent, Read more

Married priests: Pope’s response not so new after all Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

While Pope Francis’ recent comments on the subject of married priests made headlines around the world, his response falls clearly in line with the thinking of his predecessors. In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, published in early March, Pope Francis was asked if allowing candidates for the priesthood to fall in love and Read more

Pope honours prominent Catholic Indian for service to NZ church Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Pope Francis has bestowed on a prominent member of the Catholic Indian and business communities the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope)  medal. Wenceslaus Anthony,  a Catholic, the the Chairman of the Divine Retreat Centre of New Zealand and Chairman of Indian Newslink Community Fund. Continue reading Related Posts:Mother Teresa not motivated by Read more

Five great achievements of Pope Francis’ first four years Comments 0

Monday, March 13th, 2017

It is hard to believe but Pope Francis is coming up on the fourth anniversary of his election as pope on March 13. In four years, the pope has had a profound impact on the church. True, he has not changed the church’s position on birth control, celibacy, women priests and gay marriage, but he Read more

A guide for processing the latest bombshell from Pope Francis Comments 0

Monday, March 13th, 2017

So many aspects of Pope Francis’s personality either delight or consternate people, depending on their perspective, that it seems almost reductive to single out one element. If you were going to put all those things on a list, however, pride of place almost certainly would have to go to his endless capacity for soundbites. Time Read more

Catholics and Jews America’s “most liked” Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Catholics and Jews are America’s “most liked” religious groups, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey. Determined on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 (freezing) to 100 (very hot), Jews and Catholics achieved a mean rating of 67 and 66 respectively. Mainline Protestants are just behind at 65. The lowest ratings are for atheists Read more

The end of Catholic marriage Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2016

I haven’t written in this space for some time, but now that the election is over some additional interventions seem necessary to capture what’s happening in Roman Catholicism’s remarkable period of controversy. My Sunday column talked a bit about the way in which varying interpretations of “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on the family, have Read more

Pope Francis and a better way to choose bishops Comments 0

Friday, October 28th, 2016

By now it should be clear. Pope Francis really believes there is a serious lack of quality among priests and bishops in the Catholic church. Otherwise, he would not talk so often about the negative traits of certain men in ordained ministry, as he’s done again several times in recent days. “The world is tired Read more

If we want better bishops we must first look at our seminaries Comments 0

Friday, September 30th, 2016

That the Catholic Church needs a better way to select Bishops is a sentiment that every Catholic, I think, could agree with. It is the headline of an article by Robert Mickens in the National Catholic Reporter, which is worth reading for the way it summarises the Pope’s recurring harsh words about bad bishops. The Read more