Posts Tagged ‘Ministry’

Women in the Church: What has been is not what need be Comments 0

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Can you say where in the Gospels Jesus institutes the presbyterate (priesthood) and the deaconate? Hint: nowhere. St. Paul mentions deacons along with bishops in his letter to the Christians of Philippi. Later, in the first epistle to Timothy, Paul (or more likely someone writing in his name) talks of the qualifications for those ministries. Read more

New ministry models challenge NZ priests Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Parishes around the world are emptying, ageing, sleeping and dying. According to Fr James Mallon, it does not have to be this way. Mallon, a Canadian priest, last week spoke to New Zealand’s diocesan priests in Christchurch to explore what he calls “Divine Renovation.” The present century demands new models of ministry and new ways Read more

Inter-congregational ministry and formation for US sisters Comments 0

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Inter-congregational ministries and formation were among the topics explored at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious 2015 assembly. Former executive director Sr Janet Mock emphasised the need for inter-congregational ministries. The St Joseph Sister said there could be no “superstars” in religious life. Sr Mock discussed the need for current leadership to ensure that younger Read more

Pope doesn’t want to promote women as ‘functionalism’ Comments 0

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Pope Francis has said he is not considering appointing women to leadership positions in the Vatican bureaucracy just for the sake of it. During a visit to Turin, the Pope said in a speech he didn’t want to promote a “functionalism” of women’s roles in the Church. “The woman in the Church has the same Read more

Married priests still on Pope Francis’s radar Comments 2

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Pope Francis has said that the issue of married men working as priests in the Latin-rite Catholic Church is “in my diary”. Speaking to priests of the diocese of Rome on February 19, the Pope responded to questions on the issue, according to a report in the Italian bishops’ paper L’Avvenire. At the meeting, a Read more

Silenced priests: A question of conscience Comments 0

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Let us talk about Catholic priests. Consider especially those who are now in their 60s, after a life of service to their church. They were seminarians in the heady days of Vatican II when everything seemed possible. They managed to survive the aftermath of was Humanae Vitae and continued to preach and counsel, to lead the sacred Read more

Think tank of religious brothers says they are invisible Comments 0

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

A think tank of religious brothers in the United States says they are an invisible group in the Church, but that allows them the freedom to be ordinary men performing an extraordinary ministry. In a country where the number of Catholic brothers fell from 12,271 in 1965 to 4477 in 2012, representatives came together from Read more

Ministry — the elephant in the Church Comments 0

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

“Viewed overall, the state of the Church is not too encouraging. In the space of a single generation, the deepening dearth of priests will lead to the collapse of the entire structure of parish administration, and I cannot see sufficient courage or creativity among those who have assumed responsibility for running the Church as an institution Read more

Two Melbourne sex abuser priests still allowed to minister Comments 2

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Two priests, one convicted of sexual abuse, and another charged with 30 sex offences were, in the 1990s, allowed to continue ministering in the Melbourne archdiocese. The discovery, reported in The Age, is the result of confidential documents obtained by the paper. The Age reports that the documents show how senior church leaders continued to Read more

Predator priests transferred without warning Comments 0

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

A legal case in Philadelphia is drawing special attention, because for the first time, prosecutors are charging a church official for allegedly transferring predator priests to new parishes without warning. If found guilty, former secretary for the clergy, Monsignor William Lynn faces a possible 28 years in prison. On Friday, Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes said Read more