Today's Homily Resource

September 5th. Saturday, Week 22

1st Reading: Colossians 1:21-23

Hold the faith firmly, to come before God free of all blame

And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so …

01Sep What will the Pope achieve?

What will the Pope achieve?

September 1st, 2015

In the National Catholic Reporter Robert Mickens questions the type of legacy Pope Francis will leave the church.

"Francis has been a breath of fresh air. He has instilled new hope into the lives of millions of Catholics. And this is because his words and gestures continue to suggest that healthy change and development can take place in the structures and disciplines of the church.
But his longstanding legacy will depend on whether or not they actually do."

30Aug What did the bishop achieve?

What did the bishop achieve?

August 30th, 2015

Brendan Hoban, writing in his column in the Western People, gives his reaction to Bishop Crean recently forcing a Pastoral Council to withdraw an invitation to Tony Flannery to speak in a local community hall.
"It has brought the Irish Catholic Church once more into disrepute in that it showed that other voices have no place in it, even if Pope Francis encourages them in the wider Church. It insulted Tony Flannery ...... it shows once again that the people are ahead of the priests, the priests are ahead of the bishops and the bishops, caught in the nineteenth century, are either out of touch or in abject denial."

30Aug The Irish Times interview with the Papal Nuncio, Charles Brown

The Irish Times interview with the Papal Nuncio, Charles Brown

August 30th, 2015

Tony Flannery on his own website comments on the recent interview with the Papal Nuncio, Charles Brown

30Aug Vocations


August 30th, 2015

In debates about how to counter the declining number of priests in the Catholic Church it is often argued that despite having a married clergy, women and men, the Church of England is not attracting vocations either. In a recent interesting article in The Tablet Jonathan Wynne-Jones seems to give the lie to that argument with an account of 1000 ordinations in the Church of England this year.

22Aug “They had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.”

“They had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.”

August 22nd, 2015

Hard hitting editorial in The Irish Examiner of 22 August 2015;

"The crozier was used to good effect to stifle debate, close down a necessary discourse, and bully a community group into accepting an unwelcome diktat from a blinkered hierarchy."

In contrast Pope Francis speaking in July;
"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow."

18Aug School Patronage: Give or Take?

School Patronage: Give or Take?

August 18th, 2015

Brendan Hoban, writing in his column in The Western People, raises the issue of the campaign being waged to force the Catholic Church to hand over half of its primary level schools to patrons with a different ethos.
Brendan says that "The truth is that only Catholic parents can make that decision."
"The real demand in Ireland is not for secular schools but for school places and providing adequate places is the responsibility, not of the Catholic Church, but of the State."

15Aug Leading in difficult times

Leading in difficult times

August 15th, 2015

Dawn Cherie Araujo reports in 'Global Sisters Report' on the recent Leadership Conference of Women Religious National Assembly at Houston, Texas.
Sr. Janet Mock, former LCWR executive director, referring to the Vatican’s now-concluded LCWR doctrinal assessment and mandate said "she was able to maintain hope during those years, because she tries to see the good in people. But during the process someone told her she needed to be more willing to look at the culture of corruption from which the Vatican’s actions stemmed."

11Aug Appointing, Selecting or Electing bishops; We can do better than this.

Appointing, Selecting or Electing bishops; We can do better than this.

August 11th, 2015

We welcome Brendan Hoban's return and wish him a speedy return to full health and continuing good health in the future.
Brendan casts his historian's eye over the current system of appointing bishops and concludes that there was far less secrecy in 1829 than today and that "Now no one at local level really knows by what process an individual bishop is appointed. While there is a process and the scaffolding is clear – consultation at local level, a list of three candidates, discussion among bishops of the province, proposal of Congregation of Bishops (Rome), decision by the Pope, with everything organised by the current Papal Nuncio – the detail is cloaked in secrecy." This gives rise to the perception "that an inordinate stress on secrecy has allowed individuals exert undue influence in the whole process."

07Aug Fr. Willie Cleary R.I.P.

Fr. Willie Cleary R.I.P.

August 7th, 2015

Martin Kennedy pays tribute to the late Willie Cleary.

05Aug “Don’t treat divorced Catholics as outcasts”. Pope Francis

“Don’t treat divorced Catholics as outcasts”. Pope Francis

August 5th, 2015

Comments made by Pope Francis at an audience today about the status of divorced and remarried Catholics are attracting a lot of attention.