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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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The first Anglican woman priest ordained in China under Japanese occupation during WW2 and the first Catholic woman priest ordained in Czechoslovakia under post-war Soviet domination

My grandmother was a surprising person. She received an MBE for helping young Kenyan women in the 1950s and 1960s; became an ardent campaigner for recycling 35 years before it became compulsory in the UK; and mastered a crude, early word processor to write her last book, at the age of 81. To read the

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Fixed dialogue between Irish Bishops and laity is a good model says Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has opened up about her faith and hopes for the future of the Catholic Church at a special event at Mary Immaculate College. President McAleese was discussing ‘On Being A Catholic’ at the invitation of the Irish Institute for Catholic Studies (IICS) at MIC in front of an audience

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Nuns and Cartwheels

“She’s been seen turning cartwheels!”“What? in her habit!?”“How do you do that?”“How do you know?”“S’Mary Peter saw her.”“She told you?”“She told S’Mary Paul,’ Karen said. We nodded. Everyone knew Karen was a favourite of Sr Mary Paul.”“Sr Mary Peter said she didn’t even seem to notice she’d done a cartwheel.” To read the rest of

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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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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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