Bishop Mussinghoff’s request that Pope Francis revoke the Good Friday prayer for the Jewish people according to the Tridentine Rite has come at a fitting moment in this year of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council declaration that set the Church on a new path of dialogue with the Jewish people.
Those who have advocated a “penitential pathway” for divorced and remarried couples to travel on if they want to receive Communion – including the unnamed advocates in the just-released working document – or Instrumentum Laboris – for October’s Synod on the Family – rarely develop the proposal.
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The excellent papal encyclical Laudato si’ is addressed to everybody but it challenges Catholics in particular to address the effects of climate change. In England and Wales environmental initiatives by Catholics thus far have been limited – the responsibility for such things in the most part being passed to the bishops’ overseas aid and development charity, Cafod.
After migrants yesterday tried to board lorries held up by striking ferry workers in Calais, David Cameron on Wednesday said that the UK needs to work with European partners to stop the problem "at source", breaking the link between travelling to Europe by boat and "getting settlement" in Europe.
Planet Earth is, as the sub-title of the Pope’s new encyclical calls it, the “common home” for humanity. And it’s a home that is increasingly falling into disrepair, due to lack of care by the tenants to whom it has been entrusted.
The publication by Pope Francis of Laudato Si’: On the care of our common home is a huge contribution to the debate on the environment around the world.
The publication of the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home is of enormous significance. He has shown great wisdom and leadership.
On 10 June Pope Francis’ “C9” advisory group of cardinals had one of their regular meetings with him, and if we needed persuading that Pope Francis was serious about reform, the three matters reported on related to: the Vatican finances and how they were overseen, the reorganisation of Vatican communications and radical proposals from the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors.
The vote last month on same sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland represents a sea change in social attitudes and brings into stark relief the rejection (four times so far) by the Northern Ireland Assembly of equal marriage legislation.
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