- Battle lines drawn
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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- Pope Francis invokes Paul VI's call for the Church to adapt to respond to changing 'needs of our time'
- Bishops pass synod document but fail to agree on three measures for care of remarried or gay Catholics
- Politicians and policy makers back Catholic Social Teaching as solution to economic crisis
- Francis picks Brentwood priest for biblical commission
Am I alone in my concern about the oft used phrase "lack of vocations?"
For example, in The Tablet of 7 June the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Leo Cushley, is quoted as saying that his archdiocese faces the amalgamation of parishes, due to falling numbers of vocations.
I wonder, does the Archbishop really believe that God is failing to call men into ministry? If this is really the case then God is indeed saying something very profound to his Church.
Is it not rather that fewer men are answering God's call? The effect is the same perhaps, but the response should be very different.
Canon Andrew Sage, Vicar of S. Stephen on the Cliffs, Blackpool