"If I cannot listen to the subtle manifestation of rich reality in my environment, I will necessarily try to impose my wilful codes on others. If I am not open to reality and do not obey the voice of reality, a terrible distortion takes place. Sooner or later I will turn the whole relationship around: Instead of listening to reality in people and events, I become convinced that reality in people and events should listen to me."

[Adrian van Kaam, The Art of Existential Counseling, Dimension Books, 1966, 80.]

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.