Ecclesiastical Assistant's Message

 

INTERVIEW WITH FATHER GERARD WELAN SJ, ON THE SYNOD

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EVANGELII GAUDIUM AS “CONTEXTUAL THEOLOGY”: HELPING THE CHURCH “RISE TO THE LEVEL OF ITS TIMES”

Our Ecclesiastical Assistant, Fr. Gerry Whelan, wrote an introductory chapter for a book on Evangelii Gaudium published by Professors of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. This book was distributed to each bishop attending the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, held in November. Then, to the surprise of the authors, Pope Francis invited them to visit him so that he could thank them. They did this on December 4th, 2014 and the Pope sat for an hour with them discussing theology. Attached is the English translation (from Italian) of the article that Fr. Gerry contributed.

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WOMEN OF WUCWO, SOWERS OF HOPE, Fr. Gerard Whelan SJ

The theme of the General assembly of WUCWO in 2014 is “Women of WUCWO, Sowers of Hope.” This prompts me to reflect about just what hope is. For most of this reflection I turn to comments made by Pope Francis who speaks often on this theme. I see his comments as falling into two categories: first, that hope is a “theological virtue”; second, that hope in the next world involves a commitment to action in this one. To complete these reflections, I turn to Vatican II and explore what Our Lady teaches us about hope.

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THE STRENGTH OF WOMEN’S FAITH

During the Executive Board Meeting of WUCWO on July 24th I offered the following reflections to open our meeting. I remarked on the fact that for the two previous days the Church had been celebrating women saints.  Read more