first_imgPope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium,” highlighted many of the economic and social justice issues of today’s world and prompted reactions from critics worldwide.  William Purcell, associate director for Catholic Social Tradition and Practice at the Center for Social Concerns, said the pope “is not being an idealist, but a realist with ideals.”  Purcell said the apostolic exhortation’s contents are both prescriptive and intellectual, focusing largely on pastoral theology and how the Church can engage and shepherd people. “Francis addresses [“Evangelii Gaudium”] to the whole people of God, so not just to the laity, but also to the bishops, clergy and religious,” Purcell said. “He’s talking to the leaders at all levels, including lay leaders … and he’s challenging us to find creative ways to share the key emphasis of God, which is love.”  Many of the critiques of and negative reaction to the text are “short-sighted,” Purcell said, misunderstanding the context of the pope’s statements and its background in Catholic Social Tradition. One notable criticism came from talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who said Francis’s ideas were “pure Marxism” in a Nov. 27 show about the document, titled “It’s Sad How Wrong Pope Francis Is.”  Purcell said people should remember that the pope is writing about theology, not ideology. “What he’s really talking about is joy – that’s what ‘gaudium’ means,” Purcell said. “He’s talking about how we’re called to evangelize and that nobody likes a grim do-gooder. “What he’s saying is that we’ve got to be joyful about it, we’ve got to be embracing it. We should attract people by our actions, and so we should be joyful and life-giving.”  The apostolic exhortation is the first thing Francis has written completely on his own during his papacy, and Purcell said it presents his vision of what the Church is about, speaking from his position as the head of the institution. “I think it’s exciting because people have been taking notice,” Purcell said. “Some people react to it out of their ideology and not their theology, and people struggle with some of the things he’s talking about.”  Purcell said throughout the document, Francis quotes bishops from across the world, as well as past popes and saints. Because of this, the content “isn’t new, but part of our tradition.”  “His insight comes from talking about these things in a new style, in an uplifting way, so people see the power of what we’re called to do,” Purcell said. “He becomes so welcoming, so charismatic, and he speaks to the common person.  “It doesn’t become esoteric or dense, because he’s speaking to the person in the pew. People can read this and understand it … and I think they get excited by it.”  The four main themes of the text are joy, poverty, peace and justice, Purcell said. Beyond the thematic theological elements, Francis “becomes prescriptive and deals with real, concrete ways of addressing problems,” he said. “The beauty of the exhortation is that he writes so well, and he writes so positively and so openly,” Purcell said. “This is a pope who is a Jesuit, so he’s a thinker. There are ideals of things like solidarity and the common good, but he’s being a realist about how we try to address those things. “He gives concrete examples; he names saints or people or particular things so it doesn’t just become words like ‘solidarity,’ but you get the stories and symbols and scripture behind that makes it come alive.”  To best utilize the document’s wisdom, Purcell said parishes need to find a way to break it into parts and find pastoral applications for it. “It’s too much to swallow all at one time, because it’s so rich and there’s so much good within it,” he said. “But it’s fun to look at since [Pope Francis is] just so positive, and he speaks so directly. He’s prophetic, but not obnoxious.”  Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at ajakubo1@nd.edulast_img read more

first_img Published on November 5, 2013 at 12:14 am Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edu Sunday’s 1-0 victory over No. 3 North Carolina could be considered a happy ending to No. 2 Syracuse’s (15-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) first ACC season. After all, the Orange beat one of its biggest rivals and basically confirmed itself a top seed in the NCAA tournament, serving as a successful last stand for the senior class, which remained undefeated at J.S. Coyne Stadium.However, the players don’t see it that way. In their mind, the script won’t be completed until the end of postseason play.“Yeah, it was our last home game, which is really exciting,” said midfielder Leonie Geyer. “After that, though, you have to win each game to the end, and that’s always the more fun part.”At the beginning of the season, the Orange was an undeveloped team. Although it returned a number of key upperclassmen, the addition of nine freshmen meant the entire season would involve a learning curve. Syracuse still rattled off six wins to open the campaign, but team chemistry and confidence were clearly lacking.“I think it might have been a little more difficult just because we started out as such a young team,” midfielder Alyssa Manley said. “With so many new players, we were trying to get into the swing of things, so it was hard in that aspect.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut after 15 victories, including eight against ranked opponents, SU has reasserted itself as a major contender for the national championship.“They’ve come so far and grown so much,” head coach Ange Bradley said. “They just keep continuing to surprise me.”The turning point came once conference play began.From a chemistry perspective, Geyer said the first ACC game, a 6-3 shellacking at the hands of Boston College, was the jump-start the Orange needed.“The loss against BC was a defining moment for our team,” she said. “That opened it up for us, that we really have to go for it and work on things to get better.”They did. Manley said the team’s communication greatly improved and it began to capitalize on more opportunities. SU put together a second six-game winning streak and outscored its opponents 24-5 during that stretch.Ironically, however, the team’s confidence spiked following the 2-1 defeat against No. 1 Maryland in overtime that ended the hot spell.“Of course we were annoyed and pissed that we were really that close,” Geyer said of the loss. “At the end though, after watching the video, we did some really good things.”It didn’t matter that Syracuse lost the lead with only 49 seconds left in the game. The Orange had the best team in the country on the ropes, and knows it could do the same with any future opponent.“(Maryland’s) program is phenomenal, one of the best out there,” Bradley said. “That was a big morale builder, to compete like that.”Although the Orange responded with two victories the following weekend, everything finally came together against UNC. The offense maintained a constant attack and the defense thrived under the pressure of a tight game.Back in early September, the final result might have been different, but the daily grind of playing in the ACC has put Syracuse in position to write whatever ending it desires.“Our schedule was definitely stronger than last year,” Geyer said. “Consistently playing against really good teams and top-ranked teams the whole year really made us much stronger.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgChairperson of the Glenties Municipal District Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher has welcomed progress in establishing a Community Action Plan for West Donegal.In July of this year the members of the Glenties Area Council agreed to proceed with a Community Action Plan for West Donegal and The wider Gaeltacht region.Speaking after meeting with officials from Donegal County Council, Cllr Gallagher said “The aim of this plan is to consult with communities across the region to identify a priority action plan that can be implemented when funding opportunities come along. “Donegal County Council is presently putting together terms of reference for the public consultation which will be before the November meeting of the Municipal District meeting. Donegal County Council is working with other agencies to agree a joint approach to the development of this plan.”Cllr Gallagher concluded by stating “The objective of this plan is to ensure that local communities are at the forefront of the decision making when funding opportunities arise, I would be hoping through the public meetings that community groups, businesses and citizens will engage in the process to ensure that the best plan for the area can be put in place.”Action on Community Plan for West Donegal welcomed was last modified: September 29th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more