The Feast of St Peter and Paul
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Holy Spirit, our harmony, You who make us one body, infuse your peace in the Church and in the world!
New Vatican Document on Male and Female
The Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education has just issued a teaching document that gives guidance on changing definitions
of love and sexuality resulting from recent “gender theory.” Called Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education. The 30-page
document adopts a non-polemical approach of listen-reason-propose, which form the three main sections, and is directed especially to teachers and Catholic schools. It lauds developments that combat
discrimination, foster respect for difference, the value of femininity and equality but tackles head-on such currently controverted matters as gender theory, queer theology, transgenderism,
‘intersex,’ the separation of sex and gender, and polyamory. It proposes the alternative Christian anthropology. As Pope Francis says, gender theory “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature
of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences, thereby eliminating the anthropological basis of the family.” Male and Female, He Created Them acknowledges the primacy of
parents in educating their children and the subsidiary role of schools in this process, reiterating Catholic teaching that every child has the right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother.
It recognises that in some cases, sex is not clearly defined but says that medical professionals should make therapeutic interventions that assist and do not yield to individuals making arbitrary
decisions. Even so, it notes, whilst gender ideology aims to remove the idea of complementarity between men and women, particularly when it comes to procreation, by proposing alternatives such as in
vitro fertilization and surrogacy, a man and a woman are still needed for any process to work.
Pope Francis's Prayer Intention for June 2019
This month's prayer intention is aimed at the mode of life for priests in committing to solidarity with the poor, but in fact this is a commitment we all need to
Firstly, we need to learn something about ourselves and our own attitudes. It is hard to have empathy for the poor, if we cannot really understand what it is like
to walk in someone else's shoes.
It is hard to have empathy with the poor if we cannot ditch the instinct to sit in judgement.
It is hard to have empathy for the poor if we cannot let go of some or all of our privileges.
This month we are asked to join in Pope Francis's prayer intention,"....That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves
actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor."
Click below for letters from Pope Francis, Cardinal Nichols & Bishop Philip on the Child abuse scandal.