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Category: Hope&Joy

The ‘Other Half’ of the Church

As you may have guessed from the headline this article addresses the subject of women and Vatican II. If Church statistics are reliable, it should in fact more accurately say, The majority of the...

My year of hope and joy

Being told by your editor that you are going to write a year-long series on a subject you know little about is a daunting prospect, and hardly a cause for joy. More Stories: Our...

Remodelling the Church

In the song A New Argentina from the Lloyd Webber/Rice musical Evita, the generals sing: We face the world together with no dissent from within.For many, sympathisers and critics, this may seem the position...

How to communicate well

Sometimes it seems that we never forgave Gutenberg for inventing his printing press! Though the Church has engaged with various forms of public media from the beginning, we have a long way to go....

Religious orders after Vatican II

Religious life, it is said, is in crisis. And, some say, it’s Vatican II that caused all the trouble! Let’s analyse this statement, as dispassionately as possible, given that your author is himself a...

Ordained ministry renewed

Although it has been seen primarily as a pastoral council, Vatican II had a dramatic impact on ordained ministry. It restored the permanent diaconate and it called on the Church to rethink the ministerial...