Category: Articles

Tony Flannery Book Launch – Address by Bill O’Herlihy

Launch by Bill O’Herlihy of Fr. Tony Flannery’s new book, ‘A Question of Conscience’, 12th September 2013 at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Ely Place, Dublin I first met Tony Flannery at his mother’s funeral.  He said the funeral Mass and gave the homily.  It was very different to the usual – full of love for...

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Please sign Open Letter to Pope Francis by ‘Catholic Church Reform’

Prior to their first scheduled meeting in early October 2013, this letter will be hand-delivered by ‘Catholic Church Reform’ to the Pope and will be copied to each of the members of his council of eight cardinals, on behalf of Catholic Reform Groups and individuals around the World. Click here for: OPEN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS...

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Is half a Loaf better than no Bread? – The case for Part-time Priests by David Stratton

Within the space of 20 years most priests in Ireland and across the Western world will be over 70.  Already the shortage of priests is evident on the ground, but what is being done to rectify the situation?  Ordaining deacons or extending the powers of parish pastoral councils will not meet the demand for Eucharistic...

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Respectful Opposition (6th Sept)

Bob Shine and Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, which was set up to ‘build bridges between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church’, says it time for bishops to follow Pope Francis and other leaders internationally in adopting a more pastoral tone amid changing societies that expand the right to marry for every family. ...

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Syria: face to face with our powerlessness – A universal invitation (5th Sept)

Source: Washington Post 4th September, by Drew Christiansen With no end in sight for Syria’s dreadful civil war, Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace on Saturday, September 7. With the fecklessness of the international community, and with no prospect that limited military intervention will bring relief to the...

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Does the ACI have concerns about Christian Unity? by Dr Brian Eggins (5th Sept)

Evangelisation can only be effective within unity.  See John 17. I have always been involved in ecumenism and like many was delighted with Vatican II Decree on Ecumenism in which it said, ‘All who have been justified by faith in Baptism are incorporated into Christ; they have the right to be called Christians, and with...

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Francis reboots Vatican system with new Secretary of State (2nd Sept)

Source: National Catholic Reporter NCR, by John L Allen, 31st August 2013.  (Visit NCR) In a small world such as the Vatican, personnel is always policy. Nothing says more about where a pope wants to go than the people he chooses to help get him there, and pride of place in that mix generally goes...

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Does the Catholic Church really respect women, or the men who support them? by Fr Roy Bourgeois [30th Aug]

By Fr Roy Bourgeois, Washington Post, Published: August 26 "As a priest I learned that...

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Who does the papal nuncio consult when choosing future bishops? [23rd Aug]

Source: Association of Catholic Priests website (13th August 2013) The present Papal Nuncio has the task of nominating bishops for the following dioceses: Armagh, Cloyne, Limerick, Kerry, Kildare and Loughlin, Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Derry and maybe a few more.   In each case, so far, the man nominated is from outside the diocese in question.   This...

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Keep alert: listen for this word “Synodality.” [30th July]

Keep alert. Listen for this word, “synodality.” It looks to be the heart of the Franciscan reform of the church. Since the first days of his pontificate, Pope Francis has spoken of his plans to renew the Synod of Bishops. In the last weeks it emerged as a centerpiece of his ministry. Three times this month...

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