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Author: Sue Rakoczy

NCR ends online comments

Recently the National Catholic Reporter announced that it is ending online comments to its articles because too many are vicious attacks on others who post comments. This follows a similar decision of The Southern Cross...

Bishop Francis and Women

It has been nine months plus since Pope Francis was elected.  He has made some encouraging statements about women in the Church: that we are needed, that we need to share leadership in the Church,...

A Jesuit Pope Named Francis

The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, formerly Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as Pope Francis is an extraordinary event in the history of the church. The cardinals could have elected another Latin American, from...

Can the Church Move to the Centre?

Pope Benedict’s decision to resign on 28 February has put the church on the front pages of the media and raised speculation about who the next pope will be and which cardinal has a good...

Patriarchy

In his Southern Cross article (19-25 September issue) Cardinal Wilfrid Napier argues that patriarchy is not the source of all evil.  Maybe not, but the rule of the fathers’ men– which is the meaning of...

Churches “Product Identity”?

What comes to mind when you hear product identity? Most probably it is making sure that Coke or Mercedes Benz or Nando’s is clearly identified by the public. This phrase from corporate culture was used...

On Ignoring the Sunday Readings

At the liturgy which I attended this past Sunday the priest ignored the readings of the day, including the beautiful text from John on the vine and the branches. Instead, he covered a good deal...

Lord Cardinals

I was disturbed to read that at the recent consistory Pope Benedict had addressed the new cardinals as “Lord Cardinals”. “Lord” is the word we use for Jesus Christ–as Lord of our lives. Although I...

The jarring new translation

Two Sundays have passed in which the new translation has been used. Here are two initial observations. In the prayer for the consecration of the wine, the use of “chalice” is an anachronism. “Chalice” is...

St Alphonsus and the New Translation

St Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorist congregation, was a renowned teacher of prayer. He wrote a short book titled Praying to God as a Friend in which he instructs us to approach God with...