Category: Articles

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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‘Catholics must not be disinterested in Politics’

Source: ‘Catholics must not be disinterested in Politics’ (Vatican Insider) “Humility and love are key attributes one must have as a leader, while citizens, particularly Catholics, must not be disinterested in politics.” This was the Pope’s message at this morning’s mass celebration in St. Martha’s House …….   Read More   And one nun who agrees...

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Pope Francis – Six months In the Job – How is he doing? (NCR)

Source: John L. Allen Jr.   National Catholic Reporter NCR (13th Sept 2013) “As it’s come to be understood in the 21st century, the papacy is really an impossible job. A pope is expected to be the CEO of a global religious organization, a political heavyweight, an intellectual giant, and a media rock star, not...

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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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