Posts Tagged ‘letter’

Aussie principals refuse to distribute Church political letter

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Several principals of Catholic schools in Victoria won’t distribute a Catholic Education Commission letter that warns against voting for the Greens. The commission wrote to tens of thousands of Victorian parents at some 100 schools last week. The letter, from CEC chief executive Stephen Elder, claimed that the Greens’ education policies would result in less Read more

CDF to issue letter on hierarchical and charismatic gifts

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The Vatican’s doctrinal office is to issue a letter to bishops on the relation between hierarchical and charismatic gifts for the Church’s life and mission. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to release Iuvenescit Ecclesia (“the Church grows young”) on June 14. It will be the CDF’s first major document issued during the Read more

Vatican silence on call for theology investigation reform

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

An appeal for reform of the process for theological investigations by the Church has met with a stony silence from the Vatican. In March, an international group of 15 bishops, nuns, priests and lay people wrote to Pope Francis and the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith calling for reform. Many Read more

Hans Küng likes Francis reply on infallibility

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Swiss theologian Hans Küng says Pope Francis has set no restrictions on a request for a free discussion on the dogma of papal infallibility. But Fr Küng is refusing to release the text of a letter he said he received from Pope Francis on the subject last month. The theologian cited the “confidentiality that I Read more

Call for reform of Church theological investigations

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Australian Bishop William Morris is among the signatories to a letter calling for a new process for theological investigations by the Church. An international group of bishops, nuns, priests and lay people have written to Pope Francis calling for reform. They have specifically called for an end to anonymous denunciations. Many of the letter’s signatories Read more

Leading Catholics worry about tough Poland abortion bill

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Nearly one hundred prominent Catholics have expressed concerns about a proposed Polish law that would make abortion illegal under almost all circumstances. A letter was sent to Poland’s bishops expressing concerns about their advocacy in favour of the law. The signatories from Europe and the United States included theologians, historians and lay people. Continue reading

Nearly 500 priests call on synod to uphold moral teachings

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Nearly 500 priests in England and Wales have signed a letter calling on the synod on the family to uphold the Church’s “unchanging” moral teaching. The letter also calls on the synod, to be held in October, to resist any moves to allow Communion for the divorced and remarried. A draft text of the letter Read more

UK priests urged to call on synod to hold line on marriage

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Priests in England and Wales are being urged to sign a letter calling on the family synod to resist any move to allow Communion for the civilly remarried. The letter also calls on the synod to proclaim the Church’s “unchanging” moral teaching. The initiative comes from a group of dozen priests, dubbed by The Tablet Read more

52 groups wanting Church reform write to Pope Francis

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Leaders of 52 groups seeking reform and renewal in the Catholic Church have written to Pope Francis asking for a meeting. They urge the Pope to take immediate action to appoint more women to Church leadership positions. The Pope’s frequent references to pastoral care for people and to the status of women are cited. But Read more

Accused cleric claims cover-up by cardinals

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

A Vatican official facing money-laundering charges has appealed to Pope Francis, insisting he is innocent and claiming he was betrayed by his superiors. Accused cleric Monsignor Nunzio Scarano wrote to the Pope from Rome’s Regina Caeli prison, where he is detained on charges of planning to bring €20 million in cash ($NZ33.5 million) into Italy Read more