To facilitate those taking summer holidays, the presider’s pages for all of July have now been published on the ‘Bidding Prayers’ Page. The ACP wishes presiders and liturgy teams a restful summer.…
Today's Homily Resource
Saint Elisabeth of Portugal.
Elizabeth (Isabel) of Aragon (1271-1336) became wife of King Denis of Portugal, with whom she had a son and a daughter. During her time as queen she proved an effective conciliator between opposing factions.…
Pádraig McCarthy has produced a condensed version of 'Laudato Si’ of about 7,000 words, to encourage people to try it, and then perhaps to refer to the full text for more on each section.
Padraig's versions are available for down loading.
Brendan Hoban writing in his Western People weekly column suggests that church authorities need to re-evaulate how they sometimes dispose of church assets and resources to civic authorities.
" I get the feeling that sometimes civic authorities are laughing behind their hands at the gullibility and innocence of church authorities, especially when there is so little credit given for the donation of sites that run into millions of euros. "
The Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, and its implications for Church and Society.
Venue: Trinity College Chapel, Dublin
Date: Monday, June 29th
Sean McDonagh tells us that Pope Francis' encyclical is ' one of the most important documents to come from a Pope in the past one hundred-and-twenty years.'
'Pope Francis is the first to acknowledge the magnitude of the ecological crisis, the urgency with which it must be faced and the irreversible nature of ecological damage.'
Sean reminds us though that while 'this is a most exciting document, it is only a beginning. Real efforts and resources have to be placed behind it if this concern is to find its rightful place at the heart of Christian ministry.'
OF THE HOLY FATHER
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME
Phyllis Zagano in an article in the National Catholic Reporter gives a very interesting analysis of recent developments concerning the questions of re-admitting women to the order of deacon and that of ordaining married men to the order of priest.
Could it be that two Irish Bishops may give a lead to the universal church on these issues?
Brendan Hoban writing in the Western People wonders if marriage really only means what we want it to mean. Brendan says 'The Catholic Church, it could be argued, has a similar problem. It makes a distinction between two kinds of marriage: ‘sacramental’ and ‘natural’.
However this 'may be an important one to remember when the October Synod reassembles in Rome. In short, marriage doesn’t have to be sacramental to be accepted by the Catholic Church.'
Chris McDonnell reminds us that hearing is not listening. 'Listening demands that we pay attention, that we concentrate, that for a while we are silent.' When we really listen the results can be surprising and transforming.
Association of Catholics in Ireland met with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to discuss the changing reality for marriage and the family in Ireland.