The Holy See has announced that the Apostolic Visitation to the Archdiocese of Armagh will be overseen by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, who ten years ago commissioned a review of cases of abuse in the Church in England and Wales.
Psychologist Brendan Callaghan SJ looks closely at the way in which the Church has handled claims of abuse and at the postulated link between abuse and mandatory celibacy for Catholic priests. How has the Church has arrived at a place of such suffering, betrayal and anger?
Gemma Simmonds CJ looks at the life and writings of a woman of 'heroic virtue' who wanted to secure a better role for women in the Church and in society, and at how this struggle continues today.
Michael Czerny SJ recounts the impression that Caritas in Veritate made on an HIV-positive mother in Nairobi, who has faced in her life many challenges to the ‘integral human development’ that the encyclical seeks to promote. How can Pope Benedict’s letter help Rosanna, not only through her reading and understanding of it, but through ours too?
To what extent does Pope Benedict, in Caritas in Veritate, address the global situation by commenting on policy rather than principles, and can the messages within magisterial literature be communicated to those who are used to debate rather than authoritative teaching?
Frank Turner SJ introduces the principles that run through 'Caritas in Veritate' and emerge from the consideration of 'love' and 'truth' in Pope Benedict XVI's theology.
The recent publication of the Apostolic Constitution inviting groups of Anglicans into communion with the Catholic Church has prompted a mixture of reactions from within and outside both communities. Canon lawyer, Fr Andrew Cole examines in detail the terms of Anglicanorum coetibus and looks forward to the mutual enrichment that its implementation will bring about.
Marcel Uwineza SJ asks if the task of reconciliation for the Church in Africa might become clearer in light of the work of philosopher Gabriel Marcel.
James Hanvey SJ describes how the life of a priest is shaped by the relationships to which he is committed yet characterised by his mysterious surrender to the life of the Church.
Jesuit theologian James Corkery presents the perspectives on Europe of Pope Benedict XVI and John Paul II, and looks at how their vision can inform the development of the European Union. How has Europe drifted away from its Christian roots, and why is the future of the continent dependent on the rediscovery of its identity as ‘a way of being together by different peoples that is founded on a mutual ordering of faith and reason’?
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