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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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Aquinas defends non-dualism, defines spirit as “the vitality in everything”

From Matthew Fox 18 March 2024. His highly recommended daily meditations are at https://dailymeditationswithmatthewfox.org/ Also encourages us to look back at Rosemary Radford Ruether! – Ed. In my major study on Aquinas, Sheer Joy: Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality, I devote several pages in the Introduction both to Aquinas’s “clay feet” where he cites

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Becoming Synodal in Mission, reflection from Africa

Contributed by Fr. Joe Healey, MM, 40 years in Africa and spreading base/Small Christian Communities (SCCs) there In a webinar on Thursday, 14 March, 2024 on “Church in Africa: Becoming Synodal in Mission,” Bishop Charles Kasonde, the Bishop of Solwezi, Zambia and the Chairperson of AMECEA (the regional bishops’ association of conferences of nine countries

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At the Last Supper, Jesus said, ‘Do this in memory of me.’ He did not say, ‘Be celibate.’

Also remembering women were at the Last Supper and Jesus welcomed women in public to what was considered a scandalous degree in his time. The Church’s open commensality attracted so many in the first couple centuries, including women deacons, ministering especially to other women. Do we want to choose to exclude or to welcome “todos,

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Pope Francis’ course of reform must continue

Pope Francis said to Cardinals and the Vatican in December: “Sixty years after the [Second Vatican] Council, we are still debating the division between ‘progressives’ and ‘conservatives,’ while the real difference is between lovers and those who have lost that initial passion,” Pope Francis told the cardinals and senior officials of the Roman Curia when

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Leonardo Boff speaks to the importance and the urgency of nurturing good dreams that lead us to transformational activities:

“Either we care for Mother Earth, our Common Home, and we join hands to work together in solidarity, or we join the procession of those headed for their own funeral.” By James T. Keane January 30, 2024 Reflecting on more than 80 years of life in his 2022 book Thoughts and Dreams of an Old

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Reports from synodal gatherings on big questions will be due in 2025: October 2024 gathering will mainly focus on how to be a synodal church in mission

Don’t expect definitive answers at the end of the Synod’s final October session says Gerald O’Connell March 14, 2024 While the second and final session of the Synod on Synodality will conclude at the end of October 2024, Catholics should not expect major pronouncements on the particular issues raised during the first session and included

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