Posts Tagged ‘laity’

New relationship between laity and clergy needed: Cardinal

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

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

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

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

Pope says laity not second class Church members

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Pope Francis has said that lay people are not second class members of the Church at the service of the hierarchy. Instead they participate in Christ’s priestly role through their own work in the world. The Pope said this in a message marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on the Apostolate Read more

Family – Bishops must listen to lay people with deep empathy

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Sharron Cole, president of Parents Centres New Zealand,  says Synod bishops lacked understanding in a host of areas affecting Catholic people’s lives. Cole was a New Zealand observer at the 2015 Synod on Families. She is calling on the church to listen “with deep empathy” to lay people and to “re-examine its teaching on marriage and Read more

Lay leadership core theme at Anglican Maori General Synod

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Amongst calls being made for the New Zealand flag to remain and a motion for a Bishop’s age of retirement overturned, a profound theme threading its way through this year’s  Te Runanganui o Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa – Maori General Synod of Aotearoa/New Zealand [Anglican Maori Synod ]  that the lay leadership be heard in Read more

Dublin prelate warns against retreat from dialogue

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Dublin’s archbishop is worried that some Catholics are retreating from dialogue with the present into the false security of imaginary better times. In a speech, Archbishop Dairmuid Martin said while the Church in Ireland would never be what it was 20 or even 10 years ago, things were improving. “But the moment I say that Read more

Pell warns against lay preoccupation with priests’ tasks

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Cardinal George Pell has warned lay people against fleeing from the world and becoming preoccupied with church services and tasks of the priesthood. Speaking in Ireland, the cardinal said the so-called culture wars “are entering a new phase of political struggle which can only be fought by laypeople”. He urged young people to get involved Read more

Top German lay body calls for new approach to relationships

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Germany’s main lay Catholic organisation has called for a raft of new pastoral practices concerning marriage and sexuality. The Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken (Central Committee of the German Catholics) called for the admittance of civilly remarried divorcees to Communion, acceptance of all forms of cohabitation, the blessing of same-sex couples and the reconsideration of the Church’s teaching Read more