Category: Articles

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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Women Catholic deacons ‘no longer taboo’ (Source: thelocal.de)

Interesting developments in Germany Read:  Women Catholic deacons ‘no longer taboo’  

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Is Reform Possible?

“Collegiality holds immense implications for the Curia. It means the Curia should operate not as a set of agencies in charge of the church but as agencies that serve lower agencies by helping them do what they are supposed to do. It means, in other words, strictly observing the Catholic rule of subsidiarity: the higher...

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Reaction to ‘The Big Interview’ by Brendan Dinneen

I believe that Pope Francis has moved the church decades in six months. He is doing the job where it should be done and in the manner in which it can only be done –  from the top and with just gestures and signals.  If he had been corralled in the Papal apartments he would...

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Pope Francis – The Big Interview

In an extensive interview held over three sessions during August, Pope Francis has set the church on a new course towards reform.  He calls for a recognition that  the first reform required must be one of  attitude; a moving away from judgement and exclusion, towards compassion and inclusiveness.  In this it would seem he is...

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