"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: 'Give them something to eat' (Mk 6:37)." (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (November 2013), #49)

 

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Course: The Catholic Church and Democratic Society II

Emeritus Professor Robert Gascoigne

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Starts 12 July 2017  
This module will consider the relationships between Church and society from Biblical times to the present.
Using both a historical and theological approach, it will reflect on the ways in which the Church has responded to, and influenced, political and social movements from Biblical times to the present day, and how socio-political developments have affected the Church’s own life. It will have four main foci:

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Days of Solitude and Silence 2017

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Next Youth Day 24 June

Aquinas Academy has a place of solitude and silence called "Nazareth". It is situated 75 minutes from the Sydney CBD at Colo.

We organize special days on which we take small groups there for a few hours of solitude and silence.

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Relationship Seminar II

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Starts 20 July 2017
Participants must have completed Seminar I

“Relationship is written into the very nature of human beings. As the Bible sees human beings, you cannot think about them, without recognizing that they are, as it were, made for relationship.” [Aelred Squire, Asking the Fathers, SPCK, 1972, 20]

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