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January/February 2017

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1517-2017: Parting, othering, reconciling
Anthony Towey

In the January of every New Year, the Church in these islands celebrates Christian Unity Week. This will have especial poignancy over the coming months since 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s ‘protest’ in Wittenberg, Germany.

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Jan 01 2017
Editorial1517-2017: Parting, othering, reconciling
Anthony Towey
In the January of every New Year, the Church in these islands celebrates Christian Unity Week. This will have especial poignancy ...
 
Pope Francis and the Second Vatican Council (2)Contemporary Theology
Pope Francis and the Second Vatican Council (2)
Gerald O’Collins SJ
The second of two articles which look at how Pope Francis’ leadership of the Church draws on the teaching of the Second ...

Theology and the art of being pastoral Theology and the art of being pastoral
Raphael Gallagher CSsR
Being pastoral is challenging. Instead of understanding this as an application (pastoral solutions), this article argues, ...
 
Desperately Seeking PhoebeDesperately Seeking Phoebe
Bridie Stringer
This personal reflection on the subject of women deacons attempts to map the landscape of women’s ministry, drawing on ...
 
Teresian QuartetPast and Present
Teresian Quartet
Roderick Strange
Four extraordinary women named Teresa, whose births span four hundred years. While they shared a vocation for religious life and ...

‘Let Evening Come’: Theological perspectives on dyingLeadership & Ministry
‘Let Evening Come’: Theological perspectives on dying
Stephanie MacGillivray
How can we address our disconnection with an experience as fundamentally human as dying and death? This article looks at ...
 
The Evangelizing Parish in the Australian Church: Strategies for Prophetic WitnessThe Evangelizing Parish in the Australian Church: Strategies for Prophetic Witness
Daniel Ang
This is the first of two articles based on the keynote address at the PROCLAIM 2016 Conference of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay in ...
 
Interview with Jean Vanier Interview with Jean Vanier
Martina Vuk
Here we publish an interview in which Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities, talks about dialogue, mercy, justice and ...
 
Women deacons in Anglo-Saxon EnglandFocus On

Women deacons in Anglo-Saxon England
Anne Inman
For some time, there has been a significant body of evidence that women were once ordained as deacons in the Christian Church. Anne Inman ...
 
Ronnie Knox the theologian? Ronnie Knox the theologian?
Ashley Beck
In 2013 a colloquium was held at Heythrop College, University of London, entitled ‘Ronald Knox Man for all Seasons’, featuring a ...
 
Breaking The Word

Monday 2 January Sts Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
1 John 2.22-28
Psalm 98.1-4
John 1.19-28
Today we start the new calendar year, possibly a little bleary-eyed; but we are still in the Christmas season, and we continue to meditate on it through our journey through the first letter of John. This is not so much a letter, more a long meditation on the significance of Jesus. In our excerpt, it is insisting that ‘the Liar’, the ‘Anti-christ’, is anyone who denies the truth ...
 
Sunday 1 January
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Numbers 6.22-27
Psalm 66
Galatians 4.4-7
Luke 2.16-21
The Church’s year began nearly six weeks ago on the First Sunday of Advent, but the calendar year begins today, and perhaps that is why we are given the great blessing of Aaron as our first reading. It would certainly be appropriate to use this blessing today – an ancient blessing to begin a new year ...