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This week produced the clearest evidence yet that the Synod Fathers are sharply divided between those who are supporting Pope Francis in his efforts to present a more pastoral vision of the Church and those determined first and foremost to emphasise its moral teaching
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News from Britain and Ireland
POLITICIANS HAVE backed a Catholic approach to tackling the global economic crisis, as the Archbishop of Canterbury invited young bankers to spend a year praying with him at Lambeth Palace to form them for life in the City.
THE disbanding of a group set up to select a new Bible translation for use during Mass in the English-speaking Church was described this week as an “opportunity lost”, writes Liz Dodd.
The ARCHBISHOP of Southwark, Peter Smith, has ordered an inquiry into the events that led to the resignation of Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton, who stepped down this month after admitting he had broken his priestly vows, writes Joanna Moorhead.
CATHOLIC HEAD teachers must be offered better support if faith schools are to combat a dramatic fall in the number of people applying for senior roles, new findings reveal, writes Joanna Moorhead.
CATHOLIC VOLUNTARY secondary schools in Ireland are at a serious disadvantage because they receive less support than state counterparts, a report has revealed, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
THE AID charity Progressio is pulling out of its 30-year mission in the former Portuguese colony of East Timor, once brutally occupied by Indonesian forces, because of a funding shortfall, writes Paul Wilkinson.
WOMEN IN Killaloe in County Clare who successfully campaigned for the deferral of the permanent all-male diaconate in the diocese are calling for money set aside for the project to be diverted to training the laity.
THE SOCIETY of Jesus in Britain has revealed plans to entice more people to go on retreat by offering online programmes, with personal spiritual direction via Skype.
THE CATHOLIC Church in England and Wales has backed an ecumenical campaign encouraging blood and organ donation, writes Paul Wilkinson.
A SENIOR Catholic peer has criticised the Synod on the Family for excluding women and called for greater equality in the Church’s decision-making.
THE NUMBER of annulments in the United Kingdom has declined dramatically over the past 10 years, according to figures seen by The Tablet.
VOCATIONS ARE a top priority for the Church in Ireland, according to the newly elected president of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
A REPORT that criticised a Catholic secondary school for failing to make pupils aware of the dangers of radicalism has been withdrawn by Ofsted, writes?Joanna Moorhead.
PARISH PRIESTS have to deal with people who are gay or using contraceptives, and do so without being judgmental, according to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, writes Joanna Moorhead.
THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury has conceded that the Lambeth Conference expected to take place in 2018 will be delayed, possibly by two years, amid continuing division concerning gay clergy and women bishops.
FAMILIES OF soldiers named on a “unique” war memorial at the University of Roehampton are being invited to attend a remembrance service there on 11 November, writes?Joanna Moorhead.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and the Archbishop of Southwark have sent messages of support to parishes in Arundel and Brighton shaken by the sudden resignation of their bishop over an affair.
LABOUR HAS denied claims that a move to legalise assisted suicide will be part of its party manifesto for next year’s general election, writes Christopher Lamb.
SALFORD’S NEW bishop has pledged to follow Pope Francis’ exhortation to stay close to his people and is considering giving up his episcopal residence, a Grade I listed manor house.
SUPPORTERS OF women’s ordination have pledged their support for Catholic theologian Tina Beattie, who as The Tablet revealed last week, has been banned from speaking on church property in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
A PARTNERSHIP between Heythrop College and St Mary’s University appears more likely after it was announced that talks between the two Catholic institutions are to continue.
MONEY FOR toilets, leaking roofs and crumbling spires topped the list of funding requests made to the National Churches Trust grant programme last year, writes Liz Dodd.
ONE OF THE largest Catholic charities in the United Kingdom has appointed its first female chief executive, writes Joanna Moorhead.
A FEMALE Catholic theologian has been banned by the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh from speaking on church property in his diocese.
MORE THAN half of Scotland’s Catholics voted in favour of independence in last week’s referendum, according to research published this week, writes Brian Morton.
THE CHURCH may have forgotten the importance of mercy in recent decades but allowing Communion for divorced and remarried couples would require a “radical rethink” in teaching, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said this week.
OBESITY, alcoholism, diabetes and smoking could be tackled more effectively if public-health bodies worked more closely with faith-based organisations, according to a report out this week.
Falling numbers and an ageing membership are forcing the Dominicans in Ireland to withdraw from running four parishes.
GAY-RIGHTS charity Stonewall is dropping its controversial “Bigot of the Year” award.
NO PARISH funds have been used in a renovation of the curial offices and bishop’s residence, the diocese of Down and Connor said this week following criticism of the two-year project, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
The newly appointed Bishop of Leeds this week pledged himself to frugal management and to a policy of listening to the people of his diocese, which has suffered financial difficulties in recent years.
PROTESTS BY parishioners have forced an Irish bishop to postpone the introduction of a permanent diaconate in his diocese, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
OLDER churchgoers should not frown or be put off by the sound of children in church, the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Kieran Conry, said this week.
A LAY REFORM group has criticised the Irish Church’s decision to choose a nun and not a lay married representative to attend October’s Synod on the Family in Rome, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has told Catholic theologians they need to have the “smell of the sheep”.
A PROMINENT Catholic historian has claimed the United Kingdom is close to being a failed state, a month after declaring his support for Scottish independence, writes Kathleen Nutt.
ALL HALLOWS College in Dublin has instructed the American multinational commercial property company, CBRE, to oversee the sale of its campus, writes Sarah Mac Donald.