"True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature. Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a
deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #47.)

 

 

News

Between One Synod and Another the Battle Continues

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Is Pope Francis Suggesting a Change on Birth Control?

JPopeFrancisPhillipines(Pope Francis) affirmed the Catholic Church's ban on artificial contraception but derided the idea that "in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits" and produce litters of kids. Read more

See the Pope's subsequent more considered reflection. Read more 

Some Dalits Feel Abandoned by Christianity

JDalitsIndia has been hit by a wave of conversions and re-conversions of poor Christians, orchestrated by hard-line Hindu groups in recent years. Read more.

 

Thomas Merton Centenary

JThomasMertonThomas Merton was born on January 31 1915. Aquinas Academy will mark this anniversary in various ways during 2015. The first of those will be a joint seminar with St James Anglican Church in Phillip Street Sydney on Saturday January 31 2015, 9am to 3pm.

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Pope Francis Criticizes "Deviant Religion"

JPopeFrancis11Pope Francis on Monday slammed "deviant forms of religion" following deadly attacks by Islamist militants in France last week and dubbed the "never-ending spread of conflicts" around the world a third world war. Read more.

 

Archbishop of Paris Addresses the Community

JParisCardinalThe Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, has issued a message to the Catholic community of the city, in the wake of deadly terror attacks on the satirical journal, Charlie Hebdo, earlier in the week. Read more

 

Mexican Priests Preach in Face of Death Threats

JMexicoPriestsThe Catholic Church in Mexico has welcomed the new year with great concern due to a wave of violence and insecurity in the state of Guerrero. Read more

 

Archbishop Martin to Use Churches for the Homeless

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Pope Francis Urges Muslim Leaders to Condemn Violence

JPopeFrancisTurkeyPope Francis has called on Muslim leaders to condemn violence in order to eliminate the unfortunate stereotype linking Islam with terrorism. Read more

 

Marriage, Evangelicals and the Vatican

JRickWarrenTwo prominent Protestant pastors defended marriage at the Vatican, saying the Church must fight against the sexual revolution and stand for Biblical truth about marriage and sexuality. Read more.

 

Murmurings From US Bishops Against the Pope

JRaymondBurkeUS Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a moment of turbulence for them and the American church, as Pope Francis moves toward crafting new policies for carrying out his mission of mercy — a prospect that has conservative Catholics and some bishops in an uproar. Read more For more on this issue click here.

 

Pope Appoints Apostolic Nuncio to Key Position at Vatican

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Dealing with Climate Change a Matter of Justice

JClimateFilipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, addressed the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, dedicated to 'Sustainable development: protection of global climate for present and future generations' on 16 October. Read more

 

Original Beauty: The Gospel of John

JMarieWEB201401Over three evenings, Marie Biddle RSJ MA MTh, will use the teachings of Jean Vanier to guide participants in a reflection on John's Gospel at Holy Family Parish, Mennai, NSW.

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Catholic Woman Faces Death Penalty for Blasphemy

JBlasphemyverdictinPakistanBibi, an "untouchable" low caste, was accused of blasphemy after an argument with her Muslim neighbour over a drinking glass in the fruit field where they worked together. She was the first Christian woman convicted under the blasphemy law that provides for mandatory death sentence even for unintentional acts or words of blasphemy. Read more

 

The Synod Page

JCardinalsCuriaTo get the reports on the Extrordinary Synod on the Family click here.

 

Synod 14: Full Text of Third General Congregation

JCardinalsRead the texts of presentations and interventions. Click here.

 

Synod 14: Full Text of Second General Congregation

JCardinalsCuriaRead the texts of presentations and interventions at the Synod on the Family. Click here.

 

New Rules for Annulments?

JPopeFrancis01Pope Francis has appointed a group of theologians and canon lawyers to study ways to make the annulment of Catholic marriages – often a complicated and lengthy task – simpler, the Vatican announced. Read more.

 See also Four Solutions for the Divorced and Remarried - click here.