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July/August 2016

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Amoris Laetitia and Mercy
Michael A. Hayes

Pope Francis’ post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia ‘The Joy of Love’ is his response to two Synods on the Family which he convoked in 2014 and 2015. The process of both Synods was an exploration of families in the context of today’s world and they encouraged a broader vision and a ‘renewed awareness of the importance of marriage and the family’(2).

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Jul 01 2016
EditorialAmoris Laetitia and Mercy
Michael A. Hayes
Pope Francis’ post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia ‘The Joy of Love’ is his response to two Synods on the ...
 
The reception of Amoris LaetitiaContemporary TheologyThe reception of Amoris Laetitia
Raphael Gallagher CSsR
Theological and pastoral issues in the support of family life remain the same as before the recent Synod on the Family. Has ...
 
The Year of Mercy (6): St Paul revisited The Year of Mercy (6): St Paul revisited Ronald D. Witherup PSS
The author takes a closer look at the attitudes of St Paul towards women and homosexuality. Ronald D. Witherup PSS is ...
 
Is a deacon anything more than a liturgical frill?Is a deacon anything more than a liturgical frill?
Thomas O’Loughlin
After centuries when the diaconate was but a passing step towards the presbyterate, many find this idea strange and even ...
 
800 years of new evangelization: Celebrating St Dominic’s dreamPast and Present800 years of new evangelization: Celebrating St Dominic’s dream
Vivian Boland OP
This year marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican order. Vivian Boland OP, Vicar of the Master of the Order, ...
 
Leadership & MinistryNurture groups – inclusion of the most vulnerable children and young people in Catholic schools
Stephen J. McKinney and Stuart T. Hall
Catholic schools in Scotland have a long and successful history of caring for the poor, whether it is ...
 
From conformity to conscience From conformity to conscience
Gemma Simmonds CJ
Taking the work of Jean Vanier as an example, this article looks at the challenge of moving from conformity to conscience. Gemma ...
 
The witness of Daniel Berrigan The witness of Daniel Berrigan
Ashley Beck
In April the renowned American Jesuit Daniel Berrigan died in New York at the age of 94. Ashley Beck, Programme Director of Pastoral ...
 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer on belonging: The refugee crisis in perspectiveDietrich Bonhoeffer on belonging: The refugee crisis in perspective
Jacob Phillips
Europe is facing a humanitarian crisis reminiscent in some respects of the darkest days of the twentieth century, and differing ...
 
‘The best of times and the worst of times’ Focus On‘The best of times and the worst of times’
Gerald O’Collins SJ
This article looks at the current state of the Catholic Church worldwide and the challenges it faces. Gerald O’Collins SJ ...
 
Gawking with GodGawking with God
Bridie Stringer
In this article, the author considers the challenges of being sacramentally reconciled with the Church in the Year of Mercy. She ...
 
Meaning in madness?  Theological reflections on the ‘Sonnets of Desolation’ by Gerard Manley HopkinsMeaning in madness? Theological reflections on the ‘Sonnets of Desolation’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Trevor Stammers
In this article the author explores how two spiritual anchors of the soul enabled the nineteenth century poet and Jesuit Gerard ...
 
Breaking The Word

Friday 1 July
Amos 8.4-6, 9-12
Psalm 119.2, 10, 20 30, 40, 131
Psalm 149.1-6, 9
Matthew 9.9-13
What with all kinds of feasts recently, we have hardly had a chance to take in the lively figure of Amos, a Southerner preaching in the Northern Kingdom; but we can see that ...
 
Sunday 3 July
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 66.10-14
Psalm 65
Galatians 6.14-18
Luke 10.1-12, 17-20
The first reading from the very end of the writings of Isaiah is unreservedly optimistic, it is an image of flourishing, of joy and fulfillment, and that vision ...