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30th July. Wednesday, Week 17.

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28Jul Presiders pages for August Sundays published

Presiders pages for August Sundays published

July 28th, 2014

Pages for presiders (including bidding prayers for the Sundays and holydays of August) have now been published on the ACP website.

28Jul The Anglican communion has done a great service to the Catholic Church by ordaining women as priest and bishops.

The Anglican communion has done a great service to the Catholic Church by ordaining women as priest and bishops.

July 28th, 2014

Brendan Hoban in the Western People reflects on the decision of the Anglican communion to ordain women as bishops. He concludes that change will have to come in the Catholic Church as well , whether we like it or not. It will be measured and careful, but it will come because it has to come because the Catholic Church has to face the inevitable truth that the Eucharist is more important than celibacy.

24Jul Censoring of Scripture scholar not in line with Francis’ ‘big tent’ church

Censoring of Scripture scholar not in line with Francis’ ‘big tent’ church

July 24th, 2014

I have always believed that to be a Catholic, you need faith. It’s what Jesus had: the faith to question the status quo, to seek a different way, to share one’s gifts to better the community.
Jesus had faith. Prophets …

24Jul High time for Elder Wisdom. Sean O Conaill

High time for Elder Wisdom. Sean O Conaill

July 24th, 2014

High Time for ‘Elder Wisdom’

At a time when specialists in elder care in the UK are advocating the installation of CCTV in every room in every care home (to prevent elder abuse by poorly paid, poorly trained and poorly …

22Jul Longevity is no barrier to pop-stars or priests but fatal to Labour politicians. Brendan Hoban

Longevity is no barrier to pop-stars or priests but fatal to Labour politicians. Brendan Hoban

July 22nd, 2014

Before the politicians go on their long, well-deserved break for the summer holidays, there was that small matter of a cabinet reshuffle. Out with the old guard and in with the new. Sort of. Though some of the old stagers …

18Jul ACP Statement on appointment of Yvonne Murphy

ACP Statement on appointment of Yvonne Murphy

July 18th, 2014

Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP)
responding to the 
  establishment of the Commission of Investigation
into Mother and Baby Homes 
and the appointment of Yvonne Murphy

The ACP welcomes the establishment of the Commission of Investigation into
Mother …

16Jul No salvation for Brazil but a hint of the sacred in Messi’s swerve

No salvation for Brazil but a hint of the sacred in Messi’s swerve

July 16th, 2014

Brendan Hoban in the Western People maintains that if novelist John Updike believed that God could be found in a perfectly struck five-iron approach shot to the green, then surely there’s a spark of something other-worldly in the impossible swerve of a Messi or the immaculate balance of a Van Persie.

12Jul Rambling thoughts on the way to/from a Funeral.

Rambling thoughts on the way to/from a Funeral.

July 12th, 2014

Seamus Ahearne muses about life in the context of the speculation about a new cabinet, the on again off again Garth Brooks concerts, Pat Rabbitte’s 20 second dismissal our own “new” missal and of course the letter from the bishops to the acp.
It reminds him that ‘the Word of God can be heard only when it is soaked up in human life and spoken with human accents.’

10Jul Bishops follow pope’s lead: This is news?

Bishops follow pope’s lead: This is news?

July 10th, 2014

Eugene Cullen Kennedy is emeritus professor of psychology at Loyola University Chicago. In the National Catholic Reporter he comments on what motivates the catholic bishops of the U.S.A. under the leadership of Pope Francis.
“We must feel for these men trained to be one kind of bishop now searching for some way to become another. For this and other blessings already beyond counting, we may be grateful to the loving God who gave us Francis.”

07Jul Are our bishops disinterested in the Francis tide?

Are our bishops disinterested in the Francis tide?

July 7th, 2014

Brendan Hoban, in his weekly Western People column, asks is there any silence like the silence of the Irish bishops in response to Francis’ reforming agenda?
The difficult truth is that, while technically Pope Francis is all-powerful and can introduce any changes he wants the reality is, change will be blocked and is being blocked by those who see their power and influence placed at risk.