Monday, January 23, 2017
How Pope Francis is changing the Catholic Church
Taking a few steps is something most people take for granted. It is a fairly easy process at first thought, just one leg in front of the other. But the physical mechanics of beginning a journey are far more complex. Dozens of muscles must expand as others simultaneously contract, creating various tensions in the body that propel us forward. Though often viewed as something to be massaged away, tension is in fact a sign that we are alive.
If the church functions like a human body, as St. Paul claims, then it follows that within it there must be tensions.
Since the first days of his pontificate in 2013, Pope Francis has dealt with more than his fair share of tension in the church he was elected to govern. Those tensions have become more pronounced in recent months, as Francis tries to extend the center of global Catholicism away from Rome to the peripheries and implement reforms that his supporters say are long overdue.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
USA: a country divided
THE TABLET19 January 2017 | by Michael Sean Winters | Comments: 0 The world is waiting to see how much of the new US President’s rhetoric will be turned into action. There is concern in Catholic social justice circles about his stance on immigration, health care and climate change. Here, Tablet writers consider the prospects for the American economy, relations with Russia, and Donald Trump’s pledge to tighten the abortion laws. Firstly, how is the Church squaring up to the challenges ahead?
As Donald Trump takes his seat in the Oval Office, no one in Catholic advocacy circles knows exactly what to expect. Will he try and deliver on his promise to build a wall along the US border with Mexico? He pledged mass deportations, but has since walked back from that position. Will he cede control of the budget to Congress and what will that mean for anti-poverty programmes and health care? Will the man who tweeted that Pope Francis was “disgraceful” demonstrate any respect for the role of religion in society?