"The parables of Jesus seek to draw one into the Kingdom, and they challenge us to act and to live from the gift which is experienced therein. But we do not want parables. We want precepts and we want programs. We want good precepts and we want sensible programs. We are frightened by the lonely silences within the parables." [John Dominic Crossan, In Parables - The Challenge of the Historical Jesus, Harper and Row, 1973,82]

Language at Synod Signals Shift in Thinking?

JNicholasMartinLanguage used at the Synod on the Family to describe gay relationships was "revolutionary", according to Ireland's senior archbishop, welcoming the changes signalled by the meeting in Rome last month. Read more