Category: Articles

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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Courageous Conversations: Daniel O’Leary’s address to A Call to Action (ACTA) UK [30th July]

‘Put yourself in courageous conversation with the cliff-edge of your life, no matter how frightening it seems. Courageous conversation needs courageous hearts’ – David Whyte ACTA stands for ‘A Call to Action’. It is a new ‘movement’ comprising lay, religious and ordained Catholics who are anxious about the future of the Church in the UK....

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Priorities for the ACI by Séan Ó Conaill [29th July]

‘If the programme for this pontificate is to release the Catholic Church from ‘self-referentiality’ and narcissism, how best could the ACI respond? Is our own published statement of objectives in any way vulnerable to a charge of ecclesiastical narcissism – focused mainly as it is upon internal church reforms that members prioritise?’ Séan  Ó Conaill, a recognised...

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The Poem That Pope Francis Didn’t Write… [29th July]

This poem has gone viral on social media since Pope Francis’ strong call to young people to “Go, do not be afraid, and serve”  – being part of the world rather than apart from the world – at last weekend’s World Youth Day Celebrations at the Copacabana (read the full text of Pope Francis’ homily...

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‘It makes me cringe:’ NCR’s Frank Maurovich tells a personal story on the 45th anniversary of Humanae Vitae [29th July]

‘For the faithful it [birth control] is a sad and agonizing issue, for there is a cleavage between the official teaching of the Church and the contrary practice in most families’ – Former Patriarch Maximos IV Saigh of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church quoted in What Happened at Vatican II, by John W. O’Malley. Frank Maurovich opens his...

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A Future for Faith? by Cathy Molloy [15th July]

The following article, published in The Furrow, April 2013, Vol LXIII, Number 4, pp 196-207, is based on a talk given at the 27th Annual Pobal Dé Conference March 2nd 2013, at the Jesuit Conference Centre, Milltown Park, Dublin 6. Cathy Molloy is a member of the ACI Steering Group. The turnout in our parish...

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