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Let us remember the Golden Rule

“Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Mt 7:12). This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us. The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.”  Pope Francis to the United States Congress, Sept. 24, 2015

See National Catholic Reporter for review of the third year of Francis' pontificate

Infallibility — Hans Küng appeals to Pope Francis

 

Next week, Hans Küng, the Catholic priest and Swiss theologian, will mark his 88th birthday. The fifth volume of his complete works, titled Infallibility, has just become available from the German publishing house Herder. In connection with the release of Infallibility, Küng has written the following “urgent appeal to Pope Francis to permit an open and impartial discussion on infallibility of pope and bishops.” The text of his urgent appeal is being released simultaneously by National Catholic Reporter and The Tablet.

Read the appeal

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El País

When bad is on the rise, brave, decent, everyday people stand up and say no

In many organizations individuals often 'feel' something is wrong. Things gnaw away at the edge of their consciousness, unsettling and making little sense as they conflict with the agreed notions of what the organization is, what it holds dear and how it is believed to work....

The most important lesson thus far from the conduct of (the Australian) royal commission and the social pressure that prompted it is that always when bad is on the rise, brave, decent, everyday people stand up and say no — enough — no further.

Paul Coghlan, Global Pulse, 7 March 2016