Dear highly esteemed Pope Francis,
Your pastoral initiatives and their theological justification are currently under vehement attack by a group in the church. With this open letter, we wish to express our gratitude for your courageous and theologically sound papal leadership.
In a short time, you have succeeded in reshaping the pastoral culture of the Roman Catholic Church in accordance with its origin in Jesus. Wounded people and wounded nature go straight to your heart. You see the church as a field hospital on the margins of life. Your concern is every single person loved by God. When encountering others, compassion and not the law shall have the last word. God and God’s mercy characterize the pastoral culture that you expect from the church. You dream of a "church as mother and shepherdess." We share your dream.
We ask that you would not veer from the path you have taken, and we assure you of our full support and constant prayer.
For the first time we are going to attempt to do a live stream of the conference speeches. This is partcularly for members of ACTA who live quite a distance from the venue. Having said that we do have two intrepid members who are travelling from Argyle and the Isles. So, if you would like to listen and watch please register for the conference YouTube URL. Please do not pass on the URL stream. You wiill need to login first in order to receive the url in an email confirmation. Register for the live stream here >>>
Boston — An Italian Jesuit priest known to be a confidant of Pope Francis says the pontiff thinks the Catholic Church can no longer issue general rules that apply to whole categories of people.
Chris McDonnell - Catholic Times Oct 6th 2017
As we are approaching the sixth anniversary of the introduction of the New Translation of the Roman Missal in Advent 2011, the Motu Proprio of Pope Francis issued in September has been a
welcome document. In it he returns authority concerning Liturgical translation to each conference of bishops where it rightfully belongs.
Introducing a new service which is open to anyone to use - They Pastor For You. If you have ever used They Work For You where you can write to your Member of Parliament, then this site allows you to write to, not only your own Bishop, but indeed any primary Bishop - auxiliary bishops not currently included. You can even write to the Holy Father. No data is retained on the site other than the email address of the submitter, the diocese/person they have written to and their own diocese. Confidentiality is assured. It is easy to use and absolutely free. https://www.theypastorforyou.com
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