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Feminism, Vatican-style

Rome’s new document on men and women shows that feminists and the Church have more in common than perhaps either realises, but Catholic theology has yet to describe the sacramental nature of women.
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Posted: August 7, 2004 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6756
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, Christian feminism, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, theological anthropology, theology, women
Transmis : 7 aoüt 2004 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6756
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, Christian feminism, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, theological anthropology, theology, women


Unity on a knife edge

The Christian Churches face a crisis in ecumenism. Before rapprochement with other faiths becomes possible, they must overcome their own differences

There are four areas which are crucial to Christianity within the next 20 years and which have to be faced by all Christians. They will certainly be among the main challenges facing the next pope.

The first is the de-christianisation of Europe. How extraordinary that in the space of 50 years the secularist culture of Europe should have gained such sway, especially at a time when, around the world, the Enlightenment prediction that religion would become merely a private affair seems to have been so misplaced. The rise of an assertive Islam, with all its huge challenges, speaks for itself, as does the new popularity of religious practice in the former Soviet Union. The crucial 2 per cent or 3 per cent margin which handed victory to President Bush is being attributed to the newly galvanised ranks of evangelical Christians in the United States. In Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Churches are expanding fast. Even in our old, tired Europe, religious belief is exerting a new fascination among the young, as is evident in the increased take-up of RE at A-level and theology at university.
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Posted: November 20, 2004 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6676
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Second Vatican Council
Transmis : 20 novembre 2004 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6676
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Second Vatican Council


Paradox at the heart of the Mass

Communion is sign of unity, but often it leaves people feeling excluded, on the outside of the community of the faithful. In the fifth of our series, a Benedictine monk seeks a theological basis for a pastoral re-examination of the problem
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Posted: March 12, 2005 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6752
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, eucharist, sacramental sharing
Transmis : 12 mars 2005 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6752
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, eucharist, sacramental sharing


The other half of the Church

For all the Vatican’s increasingly enlightened view of women’s role in the world, prejudice still prevents many from participating fully within Catholicism. Changing that needs to be high on the next pope’s agenda

Last week I stood in a pew at Westminster Cathedral watching the procession to the altar for Solemn Vespers for Pope John Paul II. It was an impressive, dignified sight, with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the bishops of Westminster diocese, priests, ecumenical and interfaith guests, and the choir gathering for a service to commemorate John Paul II. Both the procession and the service could be perceived as a metaphor for the Church and its relationship with women. The voice of a woman was heard just once, reading a bidding prayer and the reader, a cleric from another denomination, was one of just two females in the procession. The other was a young teenage altar server. The congregation, however, was different: I would estimate that more than half the people attending were women.
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Posted: April 16, 2005 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6622
Categories: The Tablet
Transmis : 16 avril 2005 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6622
Catégorie : The Tablet


The Anglican contributor’s view

Some of the liveliest debates at ARCIC meetings have been over titles. We worked together for five years on the “Mary document”, so we all have strong feelings about the progress we made and the best way to present it. “Put Mary in the title”, said one member, “and it will fly off the shelves.” “Put grace and hope in the title”, said another, “because that’s how we have approached the two Marian dogmas.” “Put Christ in the title,” we all agreed, because again and again we reminded each other that the Church is interested in Mary because she is the mother of the Lord.

ARCIC does not set its own agenda. We worked on Mary because we were asked for “a study of Mary in the life and doctrine of the Church” and because of the acknowledged differences between our two communions over Mariological teaching.
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Posted: May 21, 2005 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6678
Categories: The TabletIn this article: ARCIC, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Mary
Transmis : 21 mai 2005 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6678
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : ARCIC, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Mary


The Catholic contributor’s view

During Holy Weeek, one Anglican member of ARCIC sent the rest of us the poem, “Good Friday Falls on Lady Day” via email. The poet, G. Studdert Kennedy, also an Anglican, wrote:

She claims no crown from Christ apart Who gave God life and limb She only claims a broken heart Because of Him.

I knew that the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord would coincide with Good Friday this year, but I did not know the poem, and I was touched to receive it. In a way, this captures something special about the process of producing “Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ”.
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Posted: May 21, 2005 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6681
Categories: The TabletIn this article: ARCIC, dialogue, ecumenism, Mary
Transmis : 21 mai 2005 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6681
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : ARCIC, dialogue, ecumenism, Mary


Marian accord raises unity hopes

When Catholics hold interfaith dialogue with Muslims, one of the first topics to be discussed is the veneration given to the Virgin Mary in the two traditions. Teaching about Mary is seen as something that unites, rather than divides Catholicism and Islam; yet among Christians, the practices of Marian doctrine and devotion have generally been read as clear indicators of the differences between Catholics and Protestants. They have also, on occasion, signified the differences even between Catholics and Orthodox.

It is only fairly recently, therefore, that ecumenical dialogue groups have arrived at this touchy subject. The most recent statement from the ARCIC (Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission), “Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ” – which was ready many months ago, but had been awaiting approval from Rome before it could be published – has therefore been anticipated with bated breath.
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Posted: May 21, 2005 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6683
Categories: The TabletIn this article: ARCIC, dialogue, ecumenism, Mary
Transmis : 21 mai 2005 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6683
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : ARCIC, dialogue, ecumenism, Mary


A man of peace cut down

The murder this week of Brother Roger Schutz, founder of the Taizé community, shocked Christians everywhere. But his vision will still draw pilgrims.

The success story of this Protestant “monastery” is the unlikely story of a determined man, Roger Schutz, and of his impossible dream: the reconciliation of Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Christians. How did his little community of companions, both Protestant and Catholic, who settled in a small village in Burgundy in 1940, become the European ecumenical pastoral youth centre which it is today, visited by 6,000 adolescents each week and 100,000 pilgrims every year, from every part of the world? The programme is austere – worship three times a day in the hangar-like church (built by young volunteers), Bible study and discussion groups – and the lifestyle spartan – sleeping rough in tents or barracks, simple food hastily consumed after queuing at length to be served.
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Posted: August 20, 2005 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6749
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Taizé
Transmis : 20 aoüt 2005 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6749
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Taizé


A Pope for all Christians

by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali for The Tablet. Pope John Paul II has invited leaders and theologians of other Churches to help him in seeking new forms for the papal ministry. In this article the Bishop of Rochester makes a contribution from the Anglican Communion’s point of view. As I write, conversations are taking place in
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Posted: June 12, 2006 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6550
Categories: Opinion, The TabletIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, papacy, petrine ministry
Transmis : 12 juin 2006 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6550
Catégorie : Opinion, The TabletDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, papacy, petrine ministry


Winds of change

Rather than be split by a much-trumpeted schism,the Anglican Communion emerged from its meeting in Tanzania this week as a new kind of twenty-first century Church, reflecting changes in ecclesial and geopolitical power

Will the Anglican Communion survive? Before the Primates’ Meeting in Africa this week there was much discussion of schism, and an atmosphere of crisis prevailed. At the heart of the problem is how Anglicans reconcile the value they place on diocesan and provincial structure of autonomy at the national level with the legitimacy given to a comprehensive range of practices and positions with the bonds of ecclesial communion that allow the Communion coherence as one effective, united, interdependent worldwide body of Christians. Given that, what does the Anglican Communion mean? Is it a fellowship of independent national churches with historical roots in the Church of England that worship through a provincial expression of the Book of Common Prayer, or is it a hierarchical system with the Archbishop of Canterbury at the top as a sort of mini-Pope?
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Posted: February 24, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6714
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Anglican Communion, Christian unity, human sexuality, Rowan Williams
Transmis : 24 février 2007 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6714
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Christian unity, human sexuality, Rowan Williams


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