Launch of Geoff Robinson's Book
The October 2014 session of the Synod of Bishops looked at the modern family through a pastoral lens, focusing in particular on situations where there seemed to be a conflict between church doctrine and pastoral need. Two subjects rose to prominence: the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons and the situations of Catholics whose marriage has failed and who have later remarried.
Recruitment Video for Priests
I watched the video a second time: there are no women — the candidates are interacting only with men. The emphasis is on the celebration of the Eucharist — no baptism, no anointing of the sick, no penance, no sacraments of marriage. There is virtually no Church. Read more
Pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey
After three successful pilgrimages to India led by Fr Michael Whelan, Marie Fonseca is now organising a spiritual tour to Greece and Turkey, "St Paul and Our Christian beginnings" with Fr Jack Boog as the Chaplain from September 26, 2015 to October 20, 2015. We will relive St. Paul's life and be influenced by his missionary zeal. At the same time it is also an opportunity for us to visit Gallipoli in the Centenary Year of the Anzacs' landing. For further information, please contact: Marie Fonseca on 02 9529 2817 or 0418 265117 or Andre Rasquinha on 03 9642 4244 or 0403 569079
Jean Vanier Receives Templeton Prize
In 1964, Jean Vanier invited two men with developmental disabilities to share a house with him in Trosly-Breuil, near Paris. It was a life-changing move for the Canadian philosopher that would, over time, radically improve the lives of many others. Read more and watch video
A Bishop Smelling of the Sheep
Pope Francis has made a highly significant appointment in naming 61 year old San Francisco auxiliary bishop Robert McElroy to head the see of San Diego. Read more.
Fr Hesburgh Dies at 97
The University of Notre Dame mourned the death of its former president Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., prompting outpourings of appreciation and remembrance for his deeply influential and sometimes controversial legacy. Read more
Catholic Diocese Sees Surge of Priests in Training
Pope Urges Prayers for Scientists
Many people think that science and religion are in conflict. Yet some of the greatest scientists have been priests. Franciscan Fr. Francis Bacon is known as "the father of the modern scientific method." Read more.
Between One Synod and Another the Battle Continues
The most active are the cardinals, the bishops, the theologians who want to innovate in Church doctrine and practice on marriage and homosexuality. But in the first round of elections for the next synod, the defenders of tradition are much more numerous. Read more
Is Pope Francis Suggesting a Change on Birth Control?
Some Dalits Feel Abandoned by Christianity
India 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
Thomas 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.
Pope Francis Criticizes "Deviant Religion"
Pope 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
The 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
The 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
The Archbishop of Dublin has offered to shelter some 40 homeless people in Church buildings over the Christmas period, after a man died in a doorway metres away from the city's Parliament buildings, reports The Tablet Read More.
Pope Francis Urges Muslim Leaders to Condemn Violence
Pope 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
Two 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
US 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
In a series of top level changes in the Roman Curia, Pope Francis has appointed the English-born Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher as Secretary for Relations with States — the third highest position in the Vatican. Read more