Priesthood

A failure of leadership

JOE FITZPATRICK

The question is this: taken as a body, the bishops of England and Wales, of Ireland and of Scotland, despite frequent requests and the findings of questionnaires, have so far refused to engage in meaningful dialogue with lay-led and priest-led organisations on a number of topics considered important for the well-being of the Catholic Church in these countries.  These topics relate centrally to one overriding concern, namely the on-going and inexorable fall in the number of serving priests and the consequent closure and amalgamation of parishes together with the break-up of longstanding communities and the prospect of a Eucharistic famine in the not too distant future. Continue reading

Towards a post clericalist church

WERNER G. JEANROND. A distinguished Catholic theologian reflects on living in a time of transition between old and new models of church, and the challenge of developing shared leadership. Continue reading

The man with the pierced heart.

JIM LAWLOR

The man with the pierced heart.

A Glasgow parish priest offers a reflection on priesthood for the Jubilee Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, which runs from December 2015 to November 2016.  It focuses on different groups within the church in the course of the year. Continue reading

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CONFERENCE PAPERS

Open House held a conference on the role of lay people in the governance of the Catholic Church in November 2013. See conference papers.