"God has left us abandoned in time. God and humanity are like two lovers who have missed their rendezvous. Each is there before the time, but each at a different place, and they wait and wait and wait. He stands motionless, nailed to the spot for the whole of time. She is distraught and impatient. But alas for her if she gets tired and goes away. The crucifixion of Christ is the image of the fixity of God. God is attention without distraction. One must imitate the patience and humility of God." (Simone Weil, "The Fathers Silence" in The Simone Weil Reader, edited by George A Panichas, David McKay Company, 1977, 424-25)

Mary McAleese Criticises Plans for Synod on the Family

JMaryMcAleese01Mary McAleese - who will be the guest of Aquinas Academy and Catalyst for renewal on Sunday September 7, 2pm, in Sydney Town Hall - has criticsed the plans for te Synod on the family. Ms McAleese, a two-term President of Ireland, strongly questioned Pope Francis calling a synod to review the Catholic Church's teaching on family life. She won the backing of the Association of Catholic Priests with some of her comments, which demanded a "new theology of women" instead of an "old boys club". She said there was "just something profoundly wrong and skewed" about asking clergy for their views when they were all "male celibates". Read more.