Australia: Critical View of Seminary Training
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Australia: Critical View of Seminary Training

‘Clericalism is the idealisation of the priesthood, and by extension, the idealisation of the Catholic Church. Clericalism is linked to a sense of entitlement, superiority and exclusion, and abuse of power.’ A person suffering from clericalism sees himself as special, superior to others and worthy of greater respect. This could lead to arrogance and the…

Uyghur Tribunal Concludes
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Uyghur Tribunal Concludes

The most comprehensive, complex and potentially consequential inquiry into the persecution of the Uyghurs – the Uyghur Tribunal – concluded on Monday. After eight days of public hearings in London in June and September in which the tribunal heard from over 70 witnesses and – according to Counsel to the Tribunal Hamid Sabi – after over 30…

Season of Creation: Will Laudato Si’ ever Lead to Serious Action in Asia?
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Season of Creation: Will Laudato Si’ ever Lead to Serious Action in Asia?

In the past two years, a major interdenominational effort in several Asian nations has been planting trees. From the Philippines to Korea to India, churches have also undertaken several diocesan-level activities in the spirit of Laudato Si’. Over the past two years, churches have also translated Laudato Si’ into more than a dozen Asian languages.  And when this much-hyped season is over, what…

Asia: The Challenge of Becoming a Church of the Poor
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Asia: The Challenge of Becoming a Church of the Poor

Palatial church buildings and huge institutions in the cities and towns of Asia have become the faces of the Church. Church leaders are often seen hobnobbing with political and business elites. The pastors, still part of a triumphalist church, make sure they do not smell like their sheep. When the rights of their beleaguered communities are violated,…

Priestly Vocation: A Light Hearted Take on Seminary Life
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Priestly Vocation: A Light Hearted Take on Seminary Life

If you’ve ever wondered what life in the seminary is like, this is one episode you would wanna catch! Listen to Br Bernard, Br Andrew (aka Captain Planet 🌍) and Br Eugene share about pet peeves, the struggles they face as they live in community, turning points in their relationship with God, family reactions when…

Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew
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Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Some of the most intriguing artistic tributes to faith and religion come from nonbelievers. A Man For All Seasons, the great drama of the life and martyrdom of St. Thomas More, was written for the stage and screen by the non-Christian Robert Bolt. The story of The Song of Bernadette, the Marian visionary of Lourdes, was first…

Holy Week: Yearly Spike in Anti-Christian Violence
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Holy Week: Yearly Spike in Anti-Christian Violence

Although Christians are simply one among a staggering set of vulnerable minority groups around the world exposed to hatred and persecution, there remains a sort of wall of silence around their suffering. In part, that’s because the people who set the tone in global politics and the media generally live in the affluent West, where…