Le aperture pastorali di papa Francesco….
Non c’è dubbio che Papa Francesco stia cercando di dare una svolta al tradizionale atteggiamento di diffidenza (e anche di demonizzazione) di vaste aree del mondo cattolico nei confronti delle diversità sessuali. Tutti ormai conosciamo bene le sue parole, magari estemporanee ma eloquenti, conosciamo i suoi gesti. In particolare in questo campo i tempi di papa Benedetto sembrano veramente lontani, teniamolo presente. Gli omosessuali credenti si sono ben accorti di ciò e cercano di intensificare la loro presenza organizzata nella Chiesa perché si accorgono che è ora possibile uscire dal ghetto. Anche gli interventi a braccio di papa Francesco sull’aereo, di ritorno dal viaggio in Azerbaigian e Georgia (vedi di seguito il testo), dimostrano la sua attenzione alle situazioni, ai casi concreti di fronte ai quali: “questo farebbe Gesù”. Queste aperture sono però in contraddizione con la linea generale emersa nei due sinodi , di cui la “Amoris Laetitia” ha dovuto tenere conto. In quella sede una apertura in avanti alla realtà omosessuale è stata bloccata.
Report on my participation, as invited delegate from IMWAC, to the AYA/ATF (Asian Youth Academy/ Asian Theology Forum) held in Suratthani (South Thailand) on August 17 to 27, 2016.
The last AYA/ATF meetings took place:
In 2013 in Changmai (northern Thailand) Didier Vanhoutte participated as IMWAC representative
In 2014 in Manila (Philippines)
In 2015 in Kerala (South India)
In 2016 in Suratthani, the specific themes were the following :
Youth Forum (AYA): “Solidarity with Migrants suffering poverty and inhumane living conditions.
Asian Theology Forum (ATF): “Sustainable development and integral ecology for peace on Asia”
General purpose of AYA/ATF as defined by Paul Hwang, main responsible of event organization.
Paul Hwang is director of the Center for Asia Peace and Solidarity under Woori Theology Institute, Chairperson of Theological Committee of Pax Romana- ICMICA, co-creator of ALL (Asian Lay Leader Forum)
Young lay activists in Asia are being called to strengthen their Christian identity as they embrace their local, traditional cultures, histories and religions. Although it is a complex work, it is necessary work. For Catholics to succeed in justice activities they need to cooperate with other religions similarly seeking a more just world order. This is yet another reason Asian lay Catholics need solid formation. Inter-religious work begins with solid Catholic formation. It is why AYA/ATF program put much emphasis on “Triple Dialogue” of FABC (Federation of Asian Bishops Conference) namely dialogue with the poor, diverse religious and cultural traditions in Asia, as well as Christian spirituality. Unfortunately, because of a lack of resources, they don’t get adequate support from their Church. In some cases they have been largely abandoned by some ones in the Church hierarchy who do not understand or do not agree with the idea of “the People of God” from Vatican II and Pope Francis’ vision of the “synodal church”. While our Church eagerly provides support for seminarians who want to enter the priesthood, it does very little for young lay leaders in great need of Catholic formation.
'A re-thinking of the church’s official position is long overdue. The progressive Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, recently issued a lengthy and detailed rebuttal to Humanae Vitae, which has done so much harm in the fifty years since it was issued — harm not only to women, but to the church itself. To date, the statement has been signed by more than 80 scholars, ethicists and scientists.' (Huffington Post)
'Former Irish president Mary McAleese is supporting a campaign by a Catholic think tank to persuade the Vatican to revoke its 48-year-old ban on contraception.' (The Times)
Thomas P. Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C.
ANNUAL SNAP CONFERENCE
June 24 to 26, 2016
In the original presentation I followed the basic format suggested for speakers at Alcoholics Anonymous and other Twelve Step meetings: What is was like before. What Happened. What it is like now. I have revised the original and expanded it to article length and have retained to this format.
WHAT IT WAS LIKE BEFORE
The present era of awareness of sexual violation by Catholic clerics began in 1983 in two Catholic dioceses: the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana. This was not the start date of the problem of sexual violation but the beginning of widespread public awareness.
The reality of sexually dysfunctional clerics preying on minors and adults goes back through the centuries. In our lifetime it had been covered with a thick blanket of secrecy. It was unknown to the vast majority of lay persons and clerics as well. Many bishops knew about it but when they had to confront real cases they did so in secret with only a very small number of their closest advisors, all clerics, involved. Although they knew about sexual violation of minors in general, they were incapable of comprehending both its deeply pathological nature and its disastrous effects on victims.
Few knew about such abuse in the Church and even fewer believed it existed and this was due to the nature of the Catholic Church at the time. Back in the forties and fifties there was only one Catholic Church and it was the visible monarchical structure, a stratified society with a clerical aristocracy that was made up of celibate men and the vast ocean of lay commoners. The wall between the clerical caste and the “faithful” as the commoners are known, was steep and almost totally impenetrable.
(Vatican Radio) In the course of a dialogue during a meeting with the participants in the Plenary Assembly of Superiors General, which took place in May, Pope Francis expressed his intention to “establish an official commission that could study the question” of the diaconate of women, “especially with regard to the first ages of the Church.”
After intense prayer and mature reflection, Pope Francis has decided to institute the Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women. As president of the Commission, Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, SJ. In addition to Archbishop Ladaria, the commission is composed of six women and six men from academic institutions around the world.
Below, please find the complete list of the members of the Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women: