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Theologians gather in Rome to prepare working document for the next stage of the synod (Oct 2024)

By Loup Besmond de Senneville (in Rome) for La Croix, June 4th, 2024 Following Pope Francis’s request, some 15 theologians from around the world gathered in Rome on June 4 to prepare the next steps of the Synod on the church’s future. Meeting at the General Curia of the Jesuits in Rome, the theologians are […]

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From David Schaller, US, formerly of Most Precious Blood parish in Colorado, now in Arizona…email us at hello@spiritunbounded.org for forwarding to Marie “The concept of efficiency — how much one can accomplish per unit of time (or per dollar, etc.) — requires a quantitative numerator as well as a denominator. It requires a metric. Therefore, it tells us nothing aboutresults we

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Pope Francis’ preface to book on ‘Conversation in the Spirit’

Pope Francis offers the preface to a new book, entitled Conversation in the Spirit – The art of discernment and the practice of synodality, by Jesuit Fathers Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves and Óscar Martín López, which is published by the Vatican Publishing House (LEV) on April 30, as reported in vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2024-04/pope-francis-pens-preface-of-book-on-conversation-in-the-spirit.html. Below is Pope Francis’

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10 years after the groundbreaking letter of bishops from all continents, urging phase out of fossil fuels and action sufficient to keep temperature rise below 1.5 C

The Global Catholic Climate Movement came into being following and building on the groundbreaking 2014 letter from Bishops from four continents, particularly the Global South, that called for an end to the use of fossil fuels and keeping temperature rise below 1.5 C, an even stiffer bar than the 2-degree target climate scientists had pointed

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Renewing and Realizing the Social Doctrine of the Church

Obstructing and thwarting the synodal process, perhaps taming it into a light version by reiterating that the laity are called to be “collaborators” and not “co-responsible,” would be like decanting new wine into old wineskins (cf. Mk. 2:22).  Cardinal Michael Czerny S.J. 2023 address to the Third Latin American and Caribbean Congress on the Social

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SU speaker at event sponsored by the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights (OCHR) and the Las Casas Institute

26 April 2024 Spirit Unbounded speaker Dr. Maria Exall will be presenting next month at the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice on Thursday 16 May – 5pm in the Aula, Blackfriars Hall. There is a pressing need to address the lack of dignity and respect in the current world of work. Issues of low pay,

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Has Catholic Social Teaching faded into an era of Catholic Social bleaching? Unavoidable tension and intimacy are part of synodality, listening

We hear from Nate Tinner-Williams, Co-Founder and Editor of Black Catholic Messenger and Nigerian Jesuit priest Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and one of several Black synod delegates, who spoke earlier this month. First, a transcription of Nate Tinner-Williams’ opening of the Spirit Unbounded event parallel to

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On democracy in our church: What matters is solidarity and how organised we are…Organising is a kind of alchemy: it turns alienation into connection, despair into dedication, and oppression into strength

Oligarchic control here, oligarchy there, and insights for us as well as the larger whole, from The Guardian. “A top-down approach puts its faith in the persuasive abilities of a tiny few, and denies the fact that politics is a power struggle – and that engaging and organising more people gives your position more leverage.“

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