Posts Tagged ‘Change’

Want to make systemic change? Pope Francis has some ideas. Comments 0

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
system change

When Pope Francis was elected pope, the Vatican was in trouble. The Roman Catholic Church’s mishandling of sexual abuse and a series of financial scandals had challenged the credibility of the institution and emptied its pews. For Francis, the root of the church’s problems was clericalism: the belief that religious people belong to a superior Read more

The Catholic Church must make these seven changes now Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Many have asked whether the Catholic Church can survive the shock of the conviction of Cardinal George Pell and the impact on its credibility, even utility. Yet to assume that the institution is exclusively the Church is to miss the point: Cardinal Pell has been sentenced, not Australia’s Catholics. Believers, and those who identify with Read more

Will the summit on abuse bring meaningful changes in Rome? Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

“So much is at stake this week (in Rome) …I hope something important comes from it.” This is what Anne Barrett Doyle, the co-director of, said to reporters at the Foreign Press Association in Rome two days before the Vatican summit on the protection of minors in the church is scheduled to begin. But Read more

Change of era in Australia Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

In a line for his vision for renewal and change, Pope Francis captured something that is true for the church across the world but most especially for the church in Australia. The pope described our time in the church and wider society as “not so much an era of change as a change of era.” Read more

Your faith is changing over time Comments 0

Friday, August 19th, 2016
Faith changes

The most remarkable year of my life and easily the one in which my faith grew the most was the 12 months I spent as a young man working at a rural college in India. The double blow of not knowing God and not knowing anybody at all brought me to a place of loneliness Read more

Place of women in powhiri and parliament Comments 0

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Student Tyler Dixon is used to being asked about women’s place on the marae. Her pakeha friends ask if the traditional role of women in the powhiri is sexist. “I just try to explain that females have their own type of mana. Traditionally Maori really revered their women, and looked after their women, and I Read more

Church change must come from the base Comments 1

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The image that surfaces when Sr Teresa Forcades speaks is evocative of spiraling energy, bubbling in spirit, and of being on the ground with the needs of the people of God. Forcades — a Benedictine nun, activist, feminist theologian and physician from Catalonia in Spain — and Francis — a Jesuit pope from Argentina — Read more

Church: A future, but not as we know it Comments 0

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

It is difficult to overestimate the rate and depth of change and the collapse of a phase of the Church’s life that is currently underway. Throughout the world, but particularly in Ireland, the sense of the end of an era that delivered the largest growth in the history of the Church, something foundational is happening. Read more

Chaos — a blessing? Comments 0

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Chaos can be a blessing from God. This is one of the primary messages of the Scriptures. The term ‘chaos’ is first used at the beginning of the Book of Genesis. It means that the earth prior to God’s creative act is depicted as formless, a void, and concealed deeply under dark waters (Gen 1:2f). Read more

Different visions of Catholic Church’s future on show Comments 0

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Two different visions of the Catholic Church’s future will be on “display” in metro Detroit this weekend with separate conferences — one liberal, the other conservative. Both are expected to draw thousands. The liberal conference is sponsored by the American Catholic Council and is expected to be one of the biggest gatherings of left-leaning Catholics Read more