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posted Jun 14, 2018, 8:09 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 8:09 AM ]

Polish bishops call for compassion, healing and encouragement


Poland's bishops have released new guidelines on Pope Francis' marriage and family life document, calling for compassion, healing and encouragement for divorced and remarried Catholics.

The document, aimed at putting Amoris Laetitia into practice, avoids the question of whether the remarried can receive communion, but calls for the buzzwords of Pope Francis' text - acceptance, accompaniment, discernment and integration - to be incorporated into Family Ministry.

This marks a shift from an earlier draft of the Polish bishops' document which stated that divorced and remarried Catholics could not receive the Sacraments, because their "condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist."

It also marks a different tone to that of Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, the President of the Polish Bishops' Conference, who two years ago argued the matter "cannot be solved in a confessional box in two minutes or even a couple of years," and that those in second unions could not be admitted to communion.

Amoris Laetitia, written by the Pope after two years of discussions and consultation with bishops and laity, offers a cautious opening to remarried Catholics being admitted to communion.


Pan-Amazon Synod: role of women


The Church is being urged to find ways for women to be granted an "official ministry" in the Amazon region, a part of the world suffering from a shortage of priests, and where Catholics are unable to attend Mass for long periods.

A preparatory document ahead of the Synod of Bishops gathering on the Pan-Amazon region in 2019 says it is "necessary to identify the type of official ministry that can be conferred on women, taking into account the central role which women play today in the Amazonian Church."

Due to the scarcity of clergy, lay women have long been involved in coal face parish ministry in the region, including conducting baptisms and weddings and bringing pre-consecrated communion to communities.

While the Vatican's doctrine prefect, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, recently ruled that the Church's teaching on an all-male priesthood is "definitive", a Papal Commission has been established to examine the question of female deacons.


From St Andrew's College to Pro-Vice Chancellor, Middlesex Univ., Dubai


Cedwyn, son of the late Anita and Arthur Fernandes, is a Mumbai boy from Orlem, Malad. He did his schooling at Don Bosco's, Panjim, and later completed his PhD from Mumbai University. In 1984, he was appointed the first full-time lecturer at St Andrew's Senior College, Bandra. Much loved and admired for his teaching, his interaction with the students and his excellence on the basketball field, Cedwyn taught at St Andrew's till 1990.

Cedwyn then went on to have hands-on experience in the corporate world as an economist in charge of international project investments with Saudi Arabian Airlines. He has been a judge at the SCATA Supply Chain Awards, the LOG ME and Airline Business Awards, and was a regular speaker at industry events. His talent and work has led to him being much awarded and lauded Internationally. With a successful stint in the corporate world under his belt, Cedwyn decided to get back to his first love – teaching, and in 2002, he resumed teaching in the Universities.