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In November last year Pope Francis delivered a speech to the European parliament that caught many off guard. Though Francis introduced his words as “a message of hope and encouragement to all the citizens of Europe” the headlines and those listening were more taken with an unexpectedly critical description of Europe as a “‘grandmother’, no longer fertile and vibrant.”
It has been an interesting month for Catholic gender politics. First, the Pontifical Council for Culture announced that its 4-7 February assembly would be on “Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference”.
Stories of Christians being disciplined for expressing their views in the workplace are depressingly commonplace. But news of magistrate Richard Page being reported to the judicial watchdog for voicing reservations about gay adoption came just a week after 1.5 million people, including our Prime Minister, marched in Paris in defence of freedom of speech.
In recent months the global elite, including the Catholic head of the Bank of England Mark Carney, have joined Pope Francis in expressing concern about inequality.
Good Catholics don’t need to breed "like rabbits", says Pope Francis. Speaking on board the papal plane returning from the Philippines, he also explained he recently rebuked a woman expecting her eighth child having already had seven caesareans.
This last week the Church of England published a flurry of reports, under the general title of Reform and Renewal, on how it might reverse the slow but inexorable membership decline (1 per cent per year) that it, along with other British Churches, is experiencing.
"One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith," Pope Francis said today. He condemned killing in the name of religion and said religious liberty and liberty of expression were "fundamental human rights." But he added: "There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity."
Just over three months ago I was appointed Pastoral Administrator of Christ the King, Milton Keynes, and St Bede’s, Newport Pagnell. As this is a new role I was not quite sure what it would entail, but I have come to love this challenging work.
Looking at the blasted-out print works where the Kouachi brothers holed up after their campaign of terror at Charlie Hebdo last week, an elderly Parisian told me with tears in his eyes: “There is no more liberty in France.”
We are one of the oldest student associations of Belgium, the Flemish Catholic Students Union. A week ago we sent a letter to the Flemish press about some comments our bishop, Johan Bonny, made concerning homosexual couples and their place in the Church.