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This is the first of the Scottish Laity Network's programme on Synodality - Towards a Synodal Church. Our next session Synodality in Practice is with Brian Grogan.

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The synodal way – will women and laity ever have an effective voice in the Catholic Church's governance?

Lay Catholics have condemned the outline by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for the synodal process for the national Church, warning that it will stifle discussion, participation and freedom for everyone except the hierarchy.

The bishops’ conference’s vision for the synodal process, which was published last month and is based on the Holy See’s vision for the process, reserves discernment around what topics should be taken forward from the parish level to the global synod in 2023 to the bishops’ conference alone. While all members of the Church have the right to speak, particularly in the diocesan-level listening process this winter, they also have “the obligation to allow those charged with the work of discernment the freedom to do so”.

Hiroshima remembered

76 years on………..…
Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered
Chris McDonnell la croix August 06 2021

It was just after breakfast time on August 6th 1945 when a single B29 super fortress bomber plane of the US air force appeared in the clear blue sky above the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It was about to unleash the most destructive weapon of war yet developed by mankind on the unsuspecting population going about their business in the streets below.

Piloted by Paul Tibbets, the B29 bore the name of his mother on its fuselage nosecone - Enola Gay. Its payload bomb known as ‘Little Boy’ was the result of years of nuclear research in the US under the code name of the Manhattan Project. It was the start of the Atomic Age.

ESV Bible

Download: ESV & Lectionary 2021

Catholics in the UK are aware (I hope) that in 2022 there will be a new Lectionary. In every Mass “God’s holy words” will be proclaimed in a new and inclusive translation.
The Jerusalem Bible has served us well providing the readings for the very first time in a modern English translation. But so inadequate was that translation that it was quickly replaced by The New Jerusalem Bible. That translation likewise proved to be very poor. A third effort, the Revised New Jerusalem Bible was produced (by a single scholar) with the expectation of its publishers that it would be chosen for a new Lectionary. That our bishops did not approve of that translation and chose instead a Catholic edition of the English Standard Version has caused much conflict. Some clarification of that decision will not go amiss.

Download: A Bidding Prayer or two this Sunday

There are many occasions when our prayer is simple and direct, uncluttered by carefully chosen words and phrases, times when we place ourselves before the loving God and seek his fullness. Such personal prayer might take place during the Eucharist or in the privacy of our own room. Wherever it occurs, it will be a silent, individual matter.