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Fr Frank Brennan becomes CEO of CSSA

The new CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia, Fr Frank Brennan SJ, said he has a clear plan for what he needs to do to change Australia for the better in a press release by CSSA on February 6, 2017.

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New Bishops – Frs Homeming OCD & Harris

The Pope has appointed Fr Gregory Homeming, currently the Regional Vicar of the Discalced Carmelite Friars in Sydney to Lismore and Surfers Paradise parish priest, Fr Timothy Harris, to Townsville.

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Boff – married priests return to ministry

According to the liberation theologian Leonardo Boff, Pope Francis may soon respond to the Brazilian bishops’ special request that – on account of the drastic shortage of priests – thousands of priests in Brazil who have left the priesthood to marry should be allowed to return to ministry reported Christa Pongratz-Lippitt in The Tablet on Jan 7, 2017.

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NCP 2017 Bursary Recipient

Frank Jones, Archdiocese of Brisbane, has been awarded a bursary to assist him with his planned sabbatical studies in Spain, during June and July of this year. We wish him well and look forward to reading about his sabbatical in the Spring edition of The Swag.

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Rome revisits ‘Liturgiam Authenticam’

The tightly controlled and highly centralized approach to the translation of liturgical texts that has reigned in the Roman Catholic Church over the past fifteen years is likely coming to an end reports Rita Ferrone in LaCroix International on January 28, 2017.

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Confraternities of Catholic Clergy ask Pope to clarify Amoris Laetitia teaching

The International Confraternities of Catholic Clergy (Australia, Ireland, Britain and USA) released a statement in February, 2017, calling for the Pope to issue ‘an authoritative interpretation of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia in line with the constant teaching and practice of the Church.

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Admit remarried divorces to Communion say German bishops

In a statement yesterday, the German Bishops’ Conference says Francis’s document, “The Joy of Love”, sets out how pastors can provide “differentiated solutions” to individual cases through a process of accompaniment. They said that method “opens the possibility of receiving the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist.”

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Catholic Church Reform International challenge People of God to action

In an Open Letter published on January 26, 2017, Rene Reid, Catholic Church Reform International (CCRI) Director, compared national civil rights to church rights.

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Pope Francis reverses Vatican course on Caritas

Pope Francis created a stir during a Thursday meeting with Caritas Internationalis leaders by leaving aside his prepared speech to open up a wide-ranging impromptu discussion with his audience.

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Irish priest warns of depression among overworked clerics

Irish priests’ ever-increasing workload is threatening to turn this aging, demoralized and declining group into “sacrament-dispensing machines” who find pastoral work less and less satisfying, a co-founder of Ireland’s Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has warned.

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