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Belgian Bishops’ Conference calls for a female diaconate and opening the ordained priesthood to married men – see full text of their letter, translated here

Pursuing “the very meaning of the Synod, which is a space for dialogue” the Catholic bishops of Belgium have issued a letter proposing that the Church establish a female diaconate and allow married men to be ordained to the presbyterate. The bishops’ 4-page letter to all dioceses is to promote discussion on these two ministerial topics […]

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Recognizing our racism and getting better – results of a Jesuit study

From the Black Catholic Messenger, Feb 2024, by Kevin Tachie. Ed. — Our thanks to Spirit Unbounded speaker and BCM co-founder Nate Tinner-Williams, a multi-talented former seminarian, still discerning his vocation and what it is right now, as he and we continue to work for the better world that is possible. This overview and reflection

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Synodal path must continue in Germany – updateGerman bishops halt move toward establishing a Synodal Council on the German Synodal Path at Vatican’s request

For earlier joint statement of the President of the German Bishops Conference and the President of German Lay Catholics on the Synodal Way, please see the preface further down in this post and English translations of all German Synodal Way documents here:https://www.synodalerweg.de/fileadmin/Synodalerweg/Dokumente_Reden_Beitraege/beschluesse-broschueren/Englisch/Synodaler-Weg-EN-Decisions.pdf. Sources: CNA, La Croix, The Synodal Times, ZdK press release, and provided comments.

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Cynicism is also a spiritual problem, a deep-seated assumption of already knowing and having nothing to learn from each other

…It is the consequence of the deep-seated assumption of already knowing, of having nothing to learn from the Church, that is, from brothers and sisters in the faith, and not even from the pope. Or, even worse, it comes from the nihilistic assumption that it is impossible to know the truth or that it does

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Shaking the tree: ‘From Silence to Speech’ by Mary Varley

In 2023 an international group of victim-survivors and allies from India, Lebanon, Australia, USA, and England met to develop a series of talks about church-related abuse. The result of our conversations is ‘Shaking the Tree’. Women and men, lay and religious, generously share their experiences of physical, sexual, emotional, and spiritual violence and power abuse.

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“That which is unmoved and unmoving is not spiritual, it is dead! To be spiritual is to be alive, to be capable of moving and responding to movement. Since the Spirit moves, that which does not move would seem to lack the presence of the Spirit.”

By John Barnes, a doctoral candidate in systematic theology at Fordham University. His primary research interests lie at the intersections of Black religion and culture, pneumatology and Christology. His forthcoming dissertation, “Like the Rushing of a Mighty Wind: Embodiment, Being and the Construction of a Black Diasporic Pneumatology,” engages notions of spirit as the point

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Meditations on the Aramaic words of Jesus — The Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes

Ed- Dear friends, Spirit Unbounded organiser Maggie Conway shared her Lenten goal to memorize The Lord’s Prayer in its Aramaic translation — beautiful, insightful, and recommended! Prayers of the Cosmos, Meditations on the Aramaic words of Jesus The below translation of The Lord’s Prayer from Aramaic to English is taken from the book, Prayers of

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A platform for “proper hearing” of the more than 100,000 Catholic religious women in India

The book, It’s High Time: Women Religious Speak Up on Gender Justice in the Indian Church, found sacramental blackmail, clergy sexual abuse, clericalism and property disputes as some major challenges facing Catholic women religious in the country. “We train nuns to understand different forms of abuse, not only sexual but verbal and other forms.” Bhopal, India —

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Message for the start of Lent, on continuing to care and act

From Catholic News Service, 14 Feb 2024 Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail to a friendPrint The vice of “acedia,” often translated as “sloth,” can cause laziness, but it is much more than that; it is a lack of caring for anything and being bored with everything, even one’s relationship with God, Pope Francis said. “The

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