Posts Tagged ‘Lay Catholics’

Synod on Synodality – Fifteen hidden gems

Monday, November 13th, 2023

At the Synod on Synodality, the Western media focused on a limited number of hot-button issues — women’s ordination, married priests and blessing of gay couples. But hidden in the synod participants’ 40-page synthesis are some surprising gems that could lead to significant reform in the church. The hidden gems The first is a new Read more

Giving women synod vote ‘should open Asian churches’

Thursday, May 4th, 2023
women synod vote

Lay people, especially women, will benefit from the Pope’s decision to expand those allowed to vote in the Synod on Synodality’s concluding discussions to include women, say leading Asian theologians. They agree the decision will compel Asia’s national churches to widen male and female lay Catholics’ participation in Church activities. The ruling means “the universal Read more

Ireland’s Catholic Church prepares for a new era

Monday, February 27th, 2023
new era

Catholics in Dublin are facing a new era where lay members of the community will be leading liturgies formerly conducted by priests. It’s just a matter of time before they’ll be conducting funerals, marriages and baptisms in the Dublin archdiocese and elsewhere, a diocesan spokesman says. They’ll be doing everything but celebrating the Mass and Read more

Lay role in choosing bishops hits legal ‘snag’

Thursday, November 17th, 2022
lay role

A call from Germany’s “synodal way” to give lay Catholics a clearly defined role in choosing bishops has run into problems. The Southern German Archdiocese of Bamberg says the decision seems incompatible with a concordat governing the appointment of bishops. In their document “Involvement of the faithful in the appointment of the diocesan bishop,” synodal Read more

Despair of lay Catholics’ exclusion

Monday, September 13th, 2021
irish Times

Lay Catholics’ exclusion from the Church’s decision making processes is leading nowhere good, says Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese. The Catholic Church is at a critical crossroads in its history. If it fails to choose the right path “it risks an enduring permafrost”, she says. “Many of us are in growing despair of our Church’s Read more

The larger dimension of Spiritus Domini

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
table of the lord

Pope Francis’s little document Spiritus Domini is a most welcome development and a very interesting small brick in his larger pastoral edifice dedicated to implementing the reforms mandated over half a century ago by Vatican II. While some have presented Spiritus Domini as no more than giving formality to what has been common practice in some Read more

French bishops to open plenary meetings to lay participation

Monday, October 21st, 2019

France’s Catholic bishops are planning to open their plenary assembly to lay participation. They made the decision following the passage of a controversial bioethics law despite mass church-backed opposition. Archbishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort who is the French Catholic Bishops’ Conference president, “wants to change how our plenaries function and highlight themes common to both church Read more

Call for lay catholics to investigate bishops

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

A commission of lay Catholics to investigate his “brother bishops” has been called for by US Bishop Edward Scharfenberger. He wants a national, independent panel of expert lay faithful — completely separated from any source of power in the Church that could exert influence on them — to investigate the bishops. The panel should be Read more

Pontifical website aims to help lay Catholics worldwide

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Laity is positioning its website as a resource for lay men and women ahead of Pope Benedict’s Year of Faith, which will kick-off in October. “It is directed to all the lay faithful that want to know more about their vocation, about their role within the Church,” Ana Cristina Betancourt of Read more

Emboldening lay Catholics

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

In this fiftieth anniversary year of the opening of Vatican II, a number of interviews on Eureka Street TV have featured critical reflections from prominent Catholic thinkers and activists on various aspects of the Council. This interview is with journalist, author and broadcaster, Clifford Longley, who is one of the UK’s leading lay Catholics. He was invited Read more