Day: October 20 2015

No white smoke at synod

Jesuit Thomas Reese writes a fairly gloomy report in NCR on the possible outcome of the synod.

“The bishops are currently trapped in the old theology they learned in the seminary. They are afraid of new ideas and are not consulting with theological experts who could show them other options. As a result, it is unlikely that new pastoral approaches will be coming forth from this synod.”
“Never in my lifetime have I heard of bishops and cardinals being so disrespectful of a pope, challenging his organization of this synod, even a few referring to him as a Protestant and threatening a fractured church if he goes against their wishes.”

Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat. Really?

Gerard Moloney writing in his own blog places a challenge before us; are we as welcoming as we should be in church?
“If any word summed up the attitude and ministry of the historical Jesus, it was compassion. All were welcome round his table. He used a ministry of inclusion to encourage people to be their best selves.”

“Yet it’s clear too that not every Catholic feels welcome in the church, and that not all Catholics are welcoming, or accommodating, of each other.”

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