Category: Articles

An Easter Experience: Memorial Celebration   

Teresa Mee's account of an experience she had recently of celebrating a memorial.

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Marie Collins Resigns from Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

"I find it impossible to listen to public statements about the deep concern in the church for the care of those whose lives have been blighted by abuse, yet to watch privately as a congregation in the Vatican refuses to even acknowledge their letters!"

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Press Release from ACI on eve of Bishops’ Ad Limina visit to Rome

The ACI expresses deep disappointment that the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference (ICBC) has been unable to agree to bring proposals on ending the celibacy requirement for priestly ministry in Ireland to Pope Francis for their Ad Limina visit to Rome

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CDF on cremation & conservation of ashes

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has presented an Instruction regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation.

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Pope Francis Among the Wolves

A survey showed that 20% of Curial officials polled supported Francis, 10% opposed him and 70% are waiting for the next pope!! In the last 100 years no pope has faced such opposition,

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Catholic church needs better way to select bishops (NCR)

"Francis says he wants to promote a healthy decentralization of the church. And it is hard to think of anything that currently is more centralized than Rome's appointment of bishops around the world." (Robert Mickens NCR)

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An unhealthy failure to speak (John J. Shea O.S.A)

"Do we realize the price we are paying for an un-called-for and unhealthy failure to speak?" "What happens to the church when it is separated from a living theology?" "Do we realize what happens to our theology when it is separated from the living church?"

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Catholic Deacons

An excellent insight into the role of deacons and the issue of allowing women deacons. A good video to use for group discussion. (10 minutes).

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The problems with seminaries

“Is it possible that the seminary is not the place for priestly formation? Diarmaid Martin, speaking on the radio, suggested that it is not, that those who wish to be priests should be assigned to a parish on an apprenticeship basis with built-in periods for theological study?” “I believe that the negative influence of clericalism...

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Francis to create commission to study female deacons in Catholic church

Pope Francis has announced he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic church (Source: NCR)

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