Category: Articles

Mandatory Celibacy: Time to Discuss Its Flaws [Source: VOTF]

“It is not pleasant to call our leaders to account. But the Church institution that seeks to nourish us spiritually is failing in its responsibility, and a primary cause of its failure is the negative aspects of clericalism—a mindset that elevates celibate males to a “ruling caste” status, thus creating an elitist barrier to unity,...

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Ireland hosts ‘International Movement We are Church’ Gathering Nov 2013

Ireland played host to a gathering of the ‘International Movement We are Church’ (IMWAC).  Representatives from 11 European Countries (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom) and the United States gathered in All Hallows College, Dublin, from 1st to 3rd November 2013, to discuss their contribution to the present reform...

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Women resistant to Pope Francis’ call for new theology

“Personally, I am not sure why there needs to be a theology of women, and certainly not one written by men,” A recent Vatican symposium was held to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s 1988 apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (“On the Dignity and Vocation of Women”). The Women’s Section of the Pontifical...

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CCR Letter to Pope Francis ready for signing [deadline 25th Nov 2013]

To all supporters of church reform Letter to Pope Francis ready for signing Thank you for all of your input to help make this letter to Pope Francis our best effort. It is now posted and ready for signing. The signing period is up to 25th November 2013.  The letter will be sent out on...

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Reflections from the Down & Connor Diocesan Congress (held Sept 2013)

   ‘A Church welcoming to all, without exception!” seemed to be the rallying call from the first Down and Connor diocesan ‘Congress’ held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, on Saturday 28th September 2013; and this was indeed a welcome event in the history of Down and Connor. We were blessed with a beautiful autumn morning...

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Pope and Rabbi make history in the Vatican (vaticaninsider and cathnews)

Sources: vaticaninsider.lastampa.it (29th Sept 2013) and cathnews.com (8th Oct 2013) Argentina’s Rabbi Abraham Skorka, in this interview, tells how Pope Francis and he are making history by their friendship, and reveals that they dream of travelling together to the Holy Land soon. ‘We want to move ahead by actions, we must advance by building bridges,...

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Religious Congregations Should Lift Sanctions On Six Irish Priests

by Fr Tony Flannery Source:  http://www.associationofcatholicpriests.ie/ Pope Francis’ rebuke of the Curia for its “inappropriate behaviour” in the censuring of priests, his wish that issues of discipline be dealt with at local church level, and his dramatic re-definition of the phrase ‘sentire cum ecclesiae’ have created a new landscape for dealing with people who have...

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“A Journey… Hand-in-hand together (“insieme”)… Believers and Non-believers.”

by Eddie Molloy On the plane to Italy recently for a short break I finished reading Tony Flannery’s harrowing account of how the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) tried to silence him and ultimately barred him from functioning as a priest. In the telling Flannery  exposed for all to see the...

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‘Catholic Church Reform’ (CCR) Latest News

Irish Join Global Catholics Urging Church Reform  (Source: Irish Examiner 1st Oct 2013)  Click to read link 100 Catholic Reform Movements Send Letter To Pope (Source: catholicireland.net 2nd Oct 2013)  Click to read link To All Who Have Been Involved And Supported Our Letter To Pope Francis: A huge thank you for doing what in...

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Another Revealing Interview

Here are some quotes from a recent dialogue between Pope Francis and the Italian newspaper La Repubblica’s founder, Eugenio Scalfari. (Follow link below to heard the whole article). “The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship;...

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