Today's Homily Resource
1st Reading: 1 Peter 1:18-25
We are ransomed with the precious blood of Christ
You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious …
May 22nd, 2016
Fr. John Mannion in “Doctrine and Life” (Dominican publication) January, 2016 wrote about the dilemma that Gays present to the church.
The traditional response was, he said, "fed by a historical separation .... between scientific advancement and Thomistic moral theology."
"The current theory explaining the biology of sexuality ... has two complementary dimensions, one evolutionary, the other statistical."
Outlining this theory, he states, that it "explains the major sexual phenomena currently the focus of controversy in most societies".
"In medical circles, the curtain has irrevocably set on those who think that homosexuality is an illness which can be cured with psychological treatment."
John concludes that "We live in a country which still calls itself Christian but where the level of scholarship needed to bridge the gap between modern man and a heritage of thousands of years is often conspicuous by its absence."
May 19th, 2016
Report on a meeting between the Association of Catholic Priests and representatives of the Irish Episcopal Conference – Council for the Clergy – in the Columba Centre in Maynooth on Thursday, May 19, 2016
May 17th, 2016
Pat Rogers provides a summary of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, 'The Joy of Love'. Pat says his intention is "to provide the main thrust, and some of the key phrases, of this most encouraging papal teaching on family life today. I feel that this inspirational text has not yet been widely publicised or read here in Ireland."
May 15th, 2016
What to do with church buildings when there are no priests is an issue that will face most parishes in the immediate future, despite the fact that church authorities soldier on as though no drastic changes are on the horizon.
Alan McGill puts forward a suggestion on how these buildings can be utilised 'by predominantly or entirely lay communities so as to continue to be oases of prayer and pastoral care'.
Alan McGill works fulltime as Director of Faith Formation and Liturgy at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the city-center of Atlanta. He is a native of Dublin.
May 12th, 2016
Various news services are reporting remarks by Pope Francis that appear to indicate his willingness to formally study the possibility of the ordination of women to the diaconate.
May 10th, 2016
America magazine and the National Catholic Reporter remind CDF and Vatican officials that the issue of the injustice of CDF procedures isn’t just going to disappear because they choose to ignore it.
Neither will the issue be disappeared by Vatican officials practising a basic lack of courtesy and good manners in refusing to read or acknowledge a letter sent to them about such a grave issue.
Did they learn nothing of the damage done to individuals and to church in the recent past by their ignoring issues of justice and people’s rights?
May 10th, 2016
ACP meeting with bishops next week
May 8th, 2016
Notice of talk by Fr Gerard Moloney CSsR before "We Are Church" AGM
May 5th, 2016
Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May is for women.
Can we, and Pope Francis, join in this prayer without first challenging our own attitudes about the roles and ministries allowed to women in our church.
May 5th, 2016
Nessan Vaughan recalls the late (Dr) Denis Carroll, whose 9th anniversary occurred on 5th May. Denis was a renowned theologian, scholar, historian, priest and social activist. He was also a founder member of the Association of Irish Priests, one of the forerunners of the ACP. Many will remember him fondly.