Posts Tagged ‘laity’

Bishops pledge before martyrs graves to serve the poor Comments 0

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Forty bishops at the Amazon synod pledged to work for a prophetic Church dedicated to serving the poor during a ceremony on the burial site of some of Rome’s early Christian martyrs. Last Sunday, the prelates, including two cardinals, went to the Catacombs of Domitilla, on the outskirts of the Eternal City, to sign the Read more

Vietnam diocese trains laity to become church reporters Comments 0

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

A diocese in northern Vietnam has started training parishioners how to become reporters so they can help promote evangelization and share church news with local people. The Hung Hoa Diocesan Communication Committee and Yen Bai Deanery held the first ever course on communication skills Sept. 19 and 20. The 24 attendees, mostly in their 20s Read more

I now wonder why priests are called Father Comments 0

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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In his recent Newsletter, the Archbishop of Wellington drew attention to an article written by a priest from France, Jean-Pierre Roche, entitled “Stop calling me Father.” In his article, Roche says that priests may be able to make some small changes to overcome clericalism if they gave up expecting to be called “Father.” “In August last Read more

Prominent Catholics see larger role for laity Comments 0

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
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An independent laity run board that would hold bishops accountable for their actions, a national day for Mass or prayers of reparation, and encouragement to parishioners to become more involved in their diocese are among steps suggested by prominent lay Catholics to right the U.S. church as it deals with a new clergy sexual abuse Read more

Lay support in priests’ formation could prevent abuse Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Lay support could contribute to priests’ “essential human formation” and provide their lives with the “necessary spiritual solidarity,” Cardinal Beniamino Stella says. Stella, who is the prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, believes if the laity were more involved in priestly formation, the crisis facing the church would not be so grave. In his view, Read more

Theologians say laity needed in church decision-making Comments 0

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

The laity is an “indispensable” part of Church governance, says the International Theological Commission. The Commission, which helps establish official Catholic teaching, says canon law should be updated to make it compulsory for parishes to have councils that consult the laity. An article called “Synodality in the Life of the Church” published on the Commission’s Read more

New relationship between laity and clergy needed: Cardinal Comments 0

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

One of Pope Francis’s top advisers says a new relationship between lay people and clergy is needed in the Church’s institutions and organisations. German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, a member of the Pope’s council of cardinals, spoke at a conference in Dublin, Ireland. The cardinal later told CNS, “When you see the institutions and the organisation Read more

Prelate bemoans lack of Catholic intellectuals in Ireland Comments 0

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The Catholic Church in Ireland is “very lacking” in people of intellect who, educated in faith, can address issues of our times, the Archbishop of Dublin says. The Church needs “competent lay men and women educated in their faith”, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said, according to a report in the Irish Times. The archbishop referred to Read more

Pope signs statutes for Vatican mega-dicastery Comments 0

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Pope Francis has signed the statutes for a new “mega-dicastery” in the Vatican for laity, family and life. The Pontifical Councils for Laity and for the Family will become one dicastery, also a pontifical council. The new body should begin its work on September 1, but it is still unknown who will head it. Francis Read more

Pope challenged to practise labour justice at Vatican Comments 0

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Francis renews sex abuse commission but does not reappoint Kiwi

Some lay workers at the Vatican think Pope Francis should put his own house in order in terms of employment justice before slagging off other bosses. Last week, Francis condemned employers who exploit workers through temporary contracts or by not offering health insurance. He called such employers “blood suckers” who turn people into “slaves of Read more