Saturday, October 21, 2017

What we owe to God is a blank check

What we owe to God is a blank check

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Gregory Baum, influential theologian of Vatican II era, dies at 94

Gregory Baum, influential theologian of Vatican II era, dies at 94

NCR Podcast: A conversation on sexuality, gender and the Catholic Church

NCR Podcast: A conversation on sexuality, gender and the Catholic Church

Friday, October 20, 2017

Paul Ryan makes jabs at Trump, Dolan and himself at Al Smith Dinner

Those Pesky Privileges

Abortion and the law


Abortion and the law 

Editors: Tablet

18 October 2017

Fifty years on


All abortion is wrong. All human life is precious. On those simple principles there should be no uncertainty. But should all abortion be against the criminal law? Western societies have grappled with that question for at least half a century. It is part of a wider issue: the right relationship between the moral and the civil law. This is a particularly acute question for the Catholic Church, and it would be over-optimistic to say it has reached a settled conclusion. But by constantly challenging the acceptance of abortion the Church does a great service to the common good, for public debate needs some voice that argues from fundamental moral principles even if the majority cannot, on reflection, accept all of them immediately. The debate also helps the Church to refine its own thinking, as new challenges appear.

My view: Let's talk about married priests


My view: Let's talk about married priests

DERRY (NORTHERN IRELAND)
Derry Now
October 15, 2017
By Father Paddy O'Kane
[Note: The photo at the top of this article is not identified. It shows Anglican priest Father Alberto CutiƩ, who left the Catholic Church and married in 2009. He is pictured with his wife, stepson, and infant daughter in Biscayne Park FL in 2011.]
Story one. Three years ago in Lourdes we were sharing the hotel with another pilgrimage from Liverpool. In the bedroom next to mine there was a Roman Catholic priest and his wife.
All above board. He had been an Anglican minister and became a convert, one of the many to leave their church in protest against the introduction of women priests and bishops.
Story two. After dinner one evening on a recent pilgrimage I passed this question around the room: ‘”If you were Pope Francis for a day what changes would you make?”
I was surprised by how many who said: “The first thing I would do would be to would allow priests to marry.”
Story three. Let’s face it, we have a crisis. This year the national seminary in Maynooth had only eight students entering to study for the priesthood. Half of these will probably leave during their training. When I went there in 1966 there was over 80!
Priest-less parishes are appearing all over Ireland and may be here in this diocese before long.

Nominees announced for US bishops' conference leadership roles

Nominees announced for US bishops' conference leadership roles

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