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The Wise and the Wherefores is a podcast from The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly. Hosted by Ruth Gledhill, assistant editor of The Tablet with Fr Alban McCloy, OFM Conv.

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The Wise and the Wherefores is a podcast from The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly. Hosted by Ruth Gledhill, assistant editor of The Tablet with Fr Alban McCloy, OFM Conv.

    Making peace in the past, present and future – Catholic bishops on the way forward

    Making peace in the past, present and future – Catholic bishops on the way forward

    Catholic bishops have called for new treaties to regulate weaponised drones and lethal autonomous weapons systems. In a new paper, “Called to be Peacemakers”, the bishops of England and Wales also call for a “global moratorium” on lethal autonomous weapons systems. In this podcast, Ruth Gledhill, assistant editor of The Tablet, talks to Bishop William Kenney, one of the authors, about the challenges and opportunities facing the Catholic Church and wider community on the latest weapons technologies, the continuing debate over nuclear deterrence, and what we can all do to help. Read the latest Tablet article on the paper here.


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    Pope Francis, Ukraine and just war theory

    Pope Francis, Ukraine and just war theory

    Ruth Gledhill, assistant editor of The Tablet, discusses with Fr Alban McCoy OFM Conv the question of Pope Francis and his approach to the war in Ukraine, and where this fits in the context of just war theory.


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    Why oh why, Aquinas

    Why oh why, Aquinas

    Following on from Plato and Socrates, in the second in our series on why truth still matters, Fr Alban McCoy, OFM Conv, and Ruth Gledhill, assistant editor of The Tablet, discuss St Thomas Aquinas, 750 years after his death.


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    Does truth still matter?

    Does truth still matter?

    Journalist Ruth Gledhill is in conversation with Catholic priest, philosopher and theologian Fr Alban McCoy OFM Conv in the first in a new series of podcasts.



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    The Tablet Book Club – ‘A Faithful Spy’ with author Jimmy Burns and broadcaster Emily Buchanan

    The Tablet Book Club – ‘A Faithful Spy’ with author Jimmy Burns and broadcaster Emily Buchanan

    Award-winning writer and former Financial Times journalist Jimmy Burns’ latest book A Faithful Spy, based on previously undisclosed personal private papers of former MI6 and MI5 officer, Walter Bell, gives a remarkable insight into the working of British Intelligence. In this Tablet podcast, Emily Buchanan of the BBC talks to Jimmy Burns about the book and some of the startling things that he uncovered during his research.

    In this article in The Tablet Jimmy Burns gives further insight into the life of Walter Bell.


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    The Church’s radical reform – After the Vatican synod, what happens now? 

    The Church’s radical reform – After the Vatican synod, what happens now? 

    The 2023 synod summit in the Vatican ended with a series of openings for reform, including on the role of women, training of priests and a re-think of the church’s sexual teaching. 

    For those in the hall, a vast majority agreed that the synod process and style — which saw cardinals and lay people gathered around tables listening to each other — is how church business should be done in the future. 

    But what happens next? Synod 2023 is the first of two assemblies, with another due in October 2024. 

    In this episode, I talk again to Myriam Wijlens, who took part in the synod as an expert adviser. Professor Wijlens, a theologian and canon lawyer who has been closely involved in the synod process, stressed a general agreement that women need an enlarged role in the church but a “struggle” over how this should happen in practice. The question of women deacons is to be further studied, and Wijlens said a “conclusion” to the discussion over the possibility of women deacons could take place at the synod next year. 

    Professor Wijlens teaches at the University of Erfurt in Germany. She said that the new synod process marks a “tremendous shift”, which gave everyone the same amount of time to speak, whether they were an Asian woman or a European cardinal. 

    “There was a general agreement: we have to attend to this question [of women]”, she said. “And there was a great agreement that women do make up the larger portion of active participants in the life of the Church. And then there comes a struggle because we all come from different cultures and from different backgrounds. How does that unfold in real life, on the ground?”  

    Professor Wijlens points out that a critical challenge is implementing synodality at the local level. But it can no longer be a question of waiting for the authorities in Rome about what to do. 

    “How can Rome say what you have to do in the inner city of London and in the inner city of Manila or the countryside of Alaska at the same time,” she said. It is up to bishops and local leaders to “take up your own responsibility” and implement synodal reforms in their local areas. 

     

    The Church’s Radical Reform podcast is sponsored by the Centre for Catholic Studies at the University of Durham in partnership with The Tablet. 

     

    Producer: Silvia Sacco

    Editor: Jamie Weston 



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