Pope Francis has again sharply denounced the culture of clericalism among priests in the Catholic church, calling it "one of the greatest deformations" that must be confronted by the global faith community and saying it helps "diminish and undervalue" the contributions that laypeople make.
The Supreme Pastor has also strongly reaffirmed the right of laypeople to make decisions in their lives, saying that priests must trust that the Holy Spirit is working in them and that the Spirit "is not only the 'property' of the ecclesial hierarchy."
Should women have more power in the Catholic Church ?
Frank Callus represented ACTA in this debate. Go to about 50% of the way in to the broadcast
Responses to the Joy of Love
POST-SYNODAL APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
OF THE HOLY FATHER
TO BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND DEACONS
CHRISTIAN MARRIED COUPLES
AND ALL THE LAY FAITHFUL
ON LOVE IN THE FAMILY
ACTA Southwark are sponsoring an evening with Mary McAleese on Thursday 23rd June (7.00pm to 9.00pm) at Wesminster Cathedral Hall. This evening will explore the vision of the Church which Pope Francis is urging us to embrace. Pope Francis has said "I want a happy Church with the face of a mother, who understands, accompanies, caresses."
Mary will be in conversation with Clifford Longley to explore the role of the laity in realising this vision.
Mary was President of Ireland from 1997 to 2001. She holds a doctorate in Canon Law and is currently 'Distinguished Professor' at the Centre for Irish Studies at St Mary's University, Twickenham.
Clifford is an author, broadcaster and journalist. He writes a regular column for 'The Tablet' and is a panellist on BBC Radio 4's 'Moral Maze'.
The hall is behind the Cathedral. The front entrance is in Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 1QH.
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Roman Missal 1998 (Approved)
'A remarkable contribution to solving women's inequality as one of the biggest problems within the Catholic Church today'.
Luca Badini Confalonieri, PhD in Theology (Dunelm),
Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research
Great Catholic Parishes
The Book Werner used in his talk at the National Conference
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