Around the World

Voices of the people. These are items sent in by our advisors, partners and friends from around the world. Signs of hope and stories that they want to share with all of us. Activities they have participated in. Initiatives they have taken. Ways they have walked. Turns they have taken. Where they have stood and walked in solidarity, in prayer, in seaking and searching.


 

Pope to church:

Be more accepting of divorced Catholics, gays and lesbians

(CNN)Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice while not changing any official doctrines.

He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the church considers "irregular" situations.

"A pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws ... as if they were stones to throw at people's lives," Francis writes in a sweeping paper outlining his stance on family matters.

He urges more common sense and less unthinking following of rules.

Read the whole article on the CNN website

World Day of Prayer - 4 April 2016

Celebrate the 22nd Annual World Day of Prayer for Women’s Ordination

The World Day of Prayer is a concerted global action held annually on the feast of the Annunciation, to draw attention to women’s ordination into an inclusive and accountable Catholic Church. Every year, WOC members in the USA and women’s ordination activists around the world host events to honor this special day. For planning and prayer resources click here.

Loving God, On this day when we give thanks for the gift of your incarnation in the womb of your mother Mary, whose Magnificat hymn cries out for justice, we pray for all women who cannot celebrate the Eucharist because the Catholic Church reserves priestly ordination to men. We cry out today for your justice so that women and men may together celebrate the sacraments to build up the body of Christ.  Amen. 

Church reform requires decentralization, synodality

 

 

Pope Francis, 17 October 2015, said in a speech commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the setting up of the Synod of Bishops,

The first level of the exercise of synodality is had in the particular Churches. After mentioning the noble institution of the Diocesan Synod, in which priests and laity are called to cooperate with the bishop for the good of the whole ecclesial community,(22) theCode of Canon Law devotes ample space to what are usually called “organs of communion” in the local Church: the presbyteral council, the college of consultors, chapters of canons and the pastoral council.(23) Only to the extent that these organizations keep connected to the “base” and start from people and their daily problems, can a synodal Church begin to take shape: these means, even when they prove wearisome, must be valued as an opportunity for listening and sharing.

Read the whole speech

Read Church reform requires decentralization, synodality by Thomas Reese SJ

 

Items of interest sent in to us by our friends:

Germany How is the church doing at the grass roots? The cover story of the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reports on a new study on how parishes are doing. The Divided Parish 4/20/2014

Turkey First Christian woman mayor wants to fight patriarchy and domestic violence. She is member of the Aramaic ethnic group. Go here to read the story.
4/1/2014

France If he didn't have the pressure of the previous popes . . . Interview on French TV with Jean-Louis Schlegel, French philosopher and sociologist. 4/1/2014

U.S.A. Vatican punishments continue: Wisconsin Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada has been removed from public ministry for concelebrating Mass with a woman priest in 2011. 3/28/2014

U.S.A. An excellent example of the use of nonviolent action to oppose systemic injustice: Read Marjorie Cohn's article on BDS: Non-Violent Resistance to Israeli Occupation BDS: Non-Violent Resistance to Israeli Occupation. 3/25/2014

Australia The cover up of child abuse was ordered by six popes since 1922 says lawywer Kieran Tapsell. 3/24/2014

Italy Rockin' Nun floors audience on TV Show. Watch Sr. Cristina Scuccia belt out Alicia Key's "No One". 3/21/2014

Ireland The Spirit of God's openness won – Irish bishops release results of survey on family. 3/16/2014

U.S.A. Again! When will it stop? Sr. Teresa Forcades has been banned by the local bishop from speaking at the Religious Education Congress in Los Angeles. Please sign the petition. Click here to watch a video of the Harvard-educated, Catalan nun saying that women are called to a fullness that is not second to men's 3/13 - 3/16/2014

Germany Has the Catholic Church in Germany become a Church of well-to-do best agers? asks the German weekly Die Zeit. Read an excerpt. 2/23/2014

U.S.A. The Curia, a creature of the 11th century, is the chief obstacle to any real reform of the Catholic Church, to any honest ecumenical reconciliation, and to any critical, constructive coming-to-terms with the modern world – argues Hans Küng in the English edition of his book Can We Save The Church? An excerpt.2/7/2014

Germany The moral teaching of the church needs to change, says Bishop Stephan Ackermann. 2/6/2014

Switzerland Swiss Bishops release results of Survey on the Family 2/4/2014

Germany A church closer to the people, not ruling in splendor from above but a living part of them, less doctrine, more pastoral care. Interview with Cardinal Maradiaga, in a German newspaper. 1/20/2014