Deborah Rose-Milavec reports on www.futurechurch.org about the 2nd international meeting of priest associations and lay reform groups that recently took place in Limerick.
- Presider’s Page for 26 April (Easter 4)
- Sledge hammered or airbrushed – getting rid of ‘beautiful things’
- The celebration of the Eucharist: Could it become a museum piece?
- Fr. Tony Flannery hosts International Network of Church Reform Movements participative conference in Co. Limerick
- While all the others were away at Mass (Seamus Heaney)……….
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New Era – Last chance: Catholic Priests Associations and Reform Groups unite in International Conference in Limerick, Ireland
New Era – Last chance: Catholic Priests Associations and Reform Groups unite in International Conference in Limerick, IrelandApril 17th, 2015
Press statement following international conference in Limerick, hosted by ACP, that brought together over 30 Catholic priests and church citizens from Ireland, Austria, Australia, Germany, India, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.
P. John Mannion responds to an assertion that the ACP consistently proposes altering Catholic moral teaching.
A shortened version of an article in the April issue of The Furrow.
Brendan Hoban in his weekly Western People column wonders what we are losing by the ' gradual, insistent airbrushing of religion out of Irish life.'
He says that as a result 'to refer to the challenge and comfort of a lived faith in a God of love and compassion is almost to speak a language that so many now either refuse to speak or don't really understand.'
Attached are two submissions to the Synod.
One from ACI and the second from AUSCP.
The Association of Catholics in Ireland have provided a lengthy document and the AUSCP have provide a summary of what they say "U.S. priests with decades of family ministry have presented to the Vatican office for the Synod of Bishops on the family. The survey results, with responses from almost 600 U.S. priests, were presented today (April 10) to Msgr. John Abbruzzese of the Synod office".
Maria Teresa Pontara Pedervia reports in the vaticaninsider.lastampa.it website that Austrian bishops reminded us all that despite the crucial role women play in the life of the church it can often be overlooked!
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn commented that 'the Gospel stories are full of female figures that have played important roles, but “none of these women has ever been canonized,” he regretted.'
Brian Eyre wonders if the celebration of the Eucharist could become so rare it could be seen as a museum piece?
He hopes not but suggests the only way "This can be avoided is if the priesthood is opened up to others and not limit it to male celibate candidates only."
Fr. Tony Flannery hosts International Network of Church Reform Movements participative conference in Co. Limerick
Fr. Tony Flannery hosts International Network of Church Reform Movements participative conference in Co. LimerickApril 6th, 2015
An International Network of Church Reform Movements conference will take place next week, from Monday 13th April to Thursday 16th April, in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick.
This four day event is not open to the public but there will be an open session at 8.00pm on Thursday, 16th April in the Radisson Blu in Limerick. Some of the international participants will speak of their experience of Church Reform in their parts of the world, and how we can move forward. Members of the public are welcome to this event.
Brendan Hoban offers a reflection on Holy Week.
"Calvary sets in consoling relief the experience of all who suffer – whether the nightmare of physical pain or the emotional trauma of significant loss or the prospect of imminent death. The human Jesus, struggling to come to terms with the reality of his predicament, echoes every human experience of suffering and of loss and reflects the complexity and confusion of emotions that attend all those caught in the slipstream of pain and loss and death."