May 30th, 2015
We offer our sincere sympathy to our colleague Fr. Bernard Cotter and to his extended family on the recent death of his father, Denis.
Denis died unexpectedly, but peacefully, the day after celebrating his 98th birthday. May he rest in …
May 28th, 2015
Edward Pentin reports in the National Catholic Register about a meeting that took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday 25 May with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family in October.
May 27th, 2015
Gerry O' Hanlon S.J. writes in an article about the recent referendum on marriage and its aftermath
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"The atmosphere among the crowd in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland was carnival like – rainbow flags flying, people smiling and embracing, a sense of delight. This, on the Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Spirit, was a kind of secular Pentecost, a communal experience of movement from fear to peace and joy."
He quotes Archbishop Diarmud Martin in saying that the church 'has to find a new language to get its message across, particularly to young people, and that if teaching isn’t expressed in terms of love then the Church has got it wrong.'
Gerry concludes that 'Archbishop Martin and his colleagues here in Ireland – and further afield – need to take up with energy and enthusiasm the challenge of Pope Francis for a more collegial and dialogical church, in which the voice of all is heard. Then perhaps we can hope for an ecclesial Pentecost to correspond to the secular celebration last Saturday in Dublin, a joyful re-birth of our badly damaged church.'
May 27th, 2015
Seamus Ahearne, from his seaside retreat, reflects on recent happenings in Ireland and in Church and is not alarmed.
"Wherever I have worked, the church and the culture were not synonymous. We were never that important in the scheme of things and that was and is much better. I don't think that the coincidence of culture and religion was ever good or right as it has been in Ireland. But the world of God is not shattered when people vote against the view of the Bishops. God and Faith goes on."
"I am blessed. My church is a happy, noisy, argumentative place. No Referendum changes that one."
May 26th, 2015
Press Release by the Association of Catholics in Ireland concerning the forthcoming Synod on Family .
" a synod without the significant involvement of married laity will lack authority."
May 25th, 2015
Brendan Hoban in his weekly Western People column offers his thoughts on the outcome of the marriage referendum.
"A clear message for the Church is that the bishops’ view was roundly rejected not just by the gay community, or those sympathetic to its views, but by tens of thousands of ‘ordinary’ Catholics."
"There’s a massive change taking place in Ireland and, once again, the Catholic Church finds itself out-thought and out-manoeuvred, too influenced by the conservative right, ....
Trying to keep out the tide is always a failed enterprise. When will we learn that simple truth?"
May 23rd, 2015
Seamus Ahearne gives his thoughts in the aftermath of the debate, discussion and decision of the marriage referendum.
" The sun still shines. The rain still comes. We all go about our business. We make our arguments and then accept what has happened. No one has died. It isn't the death of life or family or marriage as we know it. "
May 20th, 2015
Lester Feder reports for buzzfeed on the referendum 'that is testing the limits of progressives’ hope for change under Pope Francis'.
May 19th, 2015
In his weekly Western People column Brendan Hoban ponders the question that many are asking themselves this week, 'how will I vote', because "come Friday, there’s no middle ground between Yes and No."
May 12th, 2015
Brendan Hoban in his weekly Western People column questions the wisdom of bishops threatening to have priests withdraw from the civil aspect of Catholic marriages in advance of the marriage referendum.
"Let me say, first of all, that in my opinion (for what it’s worth) Archbishop Martin (and other bishops) are unwise to even suggest that priests solemnising marriages in Catholic Churches would, in the event of a YES vote being carried, no longer agree to act in a civil capacity."
Request: Comments on the substantive issue of the referendum should be directed to the thread 'The Marriage Referendum: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin explains why he is voting No; Fr. Pádraig Standún explains why he will be voting Yes'