An Invitation to come to Rome 02 - 05 October 2014 to ensure that families are recognized, included, and listened to by the Bishops attending the Synod in Rome.
- Presiders pages for August Sundays published
- Censoring of Scripture scholar not in line with Francis’ ‘big tent’ church
- ACP Statement on appointment of Yvonne Murphy
- Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) responding to the letter of reply from the Irish bishops to the ACP submissions at a meeting with representatives of the Irish bishops on 04 June, 2014.
- Report on a meeting between the Association of Catholic Priests and representatives of the Irish Episcopal Conference in the Columba Centre in Maynooth on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
Brendan Hoban tells us in his Western People column that bishop of Rome "Francis is 78, and might be dismissed as ‘an ageing, disillusioned priest’ – but he knows the score. I would argue that Francis and the ACP are singing out of the same hymn-sheet, even if others seem determined to drown out our voices."
It is usually only a deep personal crisis of some kind that can – through heartfelt prayer – shake us free of the delusion that our value depends upon what others think of us
Brian Eyre, catholic married priest, Recife, Brazil, asks is it more important to demand that the Eucharist can only be celebrated by celibate priests or that it be made available to people frequently by allowing celibate or married priests celebrate it.
How can we respond to violence?
Launch of Mary T. Malone’s new book (published by Columba Press) by Gina Menzies
We appeal to the Irish Bishops to add their voice to the growing
chorus now accepting the need for a married as well as a celibate priesthood
in our Church.
Nathan Chase has posted an article in praytellblog.com commenting on a recent circular letter, dealing with the "sign of peace" at Mass, from The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
In light of the many crises facing the church would it be fair to apply the old cliche about deck chairs being moved on the Titanic to this circular letter?
Pope Francis has lifted the suspension of Maryknoll Fr. Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, who was ordered 29 years ago to stop exercising his priestly ministry because he refused to give up his political position in Nicaragua's Sandinista government.
Seamus Ahearne reminds us that August is often spoken of as the ‘silly season’ when any old trivial story will fly and fill the spaces. His stories may be ‘kites’ but they hint at a culture that is changing. We either embrace this new world or it runs away from us and we become irrelevant.