- Written by Robert Mickens
As Vice - Chair of ACTA nationally, I recommend the following report by its Rome Correspondent, Robert Mickens, was published in the online edition of La Croix International (17 May, 2019). It is an account of a meeting the Bishop of Rome had with the priests of his diocese of Rome, in St John Lateran, the cathedral of his diocese.
I think that it will be of interest to ACTA members and to all Catholics who are concerned that the episcopal oversight in our country is not as Pope Francis expects in every diocese. There is little engagement with the people and little attention paid to the concerns that daily scald our hearts and challenge our minds. What Pope Francis proposes is, in this green and pleasant land more honoured in the breach than in the observance.
I commend it to you as a consummation devotedly to be wished.
Vice Chair and Scripture Advisor of ACTA
Priest of Nottingham diocese.
- Written by Jean Riordan
The Overcoming Silence campaign calls for positive reform of the male church hierarchy to bring women into decision-making roles - at local parish level right through to the Roman Curia. Our ACTA Theological Consultant, Prof.Tom O'Loughlin of Nottingham University sent this link to me, confidant that all ACTA members would want to know about it and that that many of us would want to use the resources or sign up to the campaign.
IT'S TIME FOR GENDER EQUALITY IN OUR CATHOLIC CHURCH - https://www.overcomingsilence.com
If you look at the column on the left of the first page, you'll see a list: About, Video, Voices, Goals and Campaign Kit.
The information and resources are very well presented by Voices of Faith and are a great help for any of us who care about the issue of how women are treated in the Church. Many orders of religious sisters have published this campaign on their website - also many male orders. Catholic Women Speak and Prof. Tina Beattie are strong supporters.
God bless and love,
Coordinator of Birmingham area ACTA and national ACTA membership Secretary
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