Today's Homily Resource

29 May, 2017. Monday, Week 7 of Easter

1st Reading: Acts 19:1-8

In Ephesus, followers of John the Baptist become full members of the church

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to …



26May Married priests: call for courageous conversation

Married priests: call for courageous conversation

May 26th, 2017

Sarah Mac Donald writes in the NCR about recent comments by Bishop Crispian Hollis, the retired bishop of Portsmouth, concerning the ordination of married men to the priesthood which he says "needs to be explored openly within the church in England and Wales at national and diocesan levels."
With fewer than 40 students in the national seminary at Maynooth it is an issue that is crying out to be explored in Ireland as well.
Liamy McNally is quoted as saying "There is no priest shortage!" ..... "We have many priests, but they are married and so are not allowed to have a public ministry," ..... "in the early church those with a vocation to priesthood were married, whereas today, those who feel called to priesthood must also have a vocation to celibacy."

25May “Reforming the Catholic Church” a talk by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

“Reforming the Catholic Church” a talk by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

May 25th, 2017

A talk by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ on “Reforming the Catholic Church”
2.00 pm Saturday 27 May 2017
The Arrupe Room
Jesuit Conference Centre Milltown Park.

24May Manchester, Monday, 22 May 2017, 10.30 p.m.

Manchester, Monday, 22 May 2017, 10.30 p.m.

May 24th, 2017

Chris McDonnell reacts to the tragic events in Manchester

23May Don’t appeal to ‘blasphemy’ as a defence

Don’t appeal to ‘blasphemy’ as a defence

May 23rd, 2017

Brendan Hoban writes in the Western People that we should not rely on an appeal to the Constitutional offence of blasphemy to quell the 'populist rantings of those who have no sense of God (and no feel for the religious quest)'.

20May Wellbeing of Priests: Planned ACP Regional Meetings

Wellbeing of Priests: Planned ACP Regional Meetings

May 20th, 2017

UPDATED -
Regional Meetings on the Wellbeing of Priests.
ACP Members are encouraged to extend an invitation to all priests.

Ardagh & Clonmacnoise, Clogher, Kilmore and Meath; Wednesday 7th June 2.00pm, The Kilmore Hotel, Cavan Town

Clonfert, Galway, Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora: Thursday 15th June 2.00-4.30pm

18May ‘The Catholic Church has at most 10 years to adapt’

‘The Catholic Church has at most 10 years to adapt’

May 18th, 2017

Writing in the Irish Times Mark Patrick Hederman suggests that there is little time left for the Catholic Church in Ireland to adapt to the realities of life as it is now lived before being reduced to a tiny irrelevant minority.

14May With open hands

With open hands

May 14th, 2017

Chris McDonnell, writing in the Catholic Times, pays tribute to Henri Nouwen and finds that one of his metaphors 'with open hands' to be 'very pertinent to our present times. A few days back we saw pictures of Francis at Al Azhar mosque in Cairo where he embraced the mosque’s Grand Imam, Ahmad al-Tayeb, who urged the West not to hold an entire religion “accountable for the crimes of any small group of followers.” That image of greeting between a Christian and a Muslim runs counter to our populist press view of castigation of a whole people through the actions of a few.'

13May The Appointment of a new Papal Nuncio to Ireland

The Appointment of a new Papal Nuncio to Ireland

May 13th, 2017

Statement by the Association of Catholic Priests on the Appointment of the new Papal Nuncio to Ireland.

10May Leap of Faith, RTE Radio 1, Roy Donovan

Leap of Faith, RTE Radio 1, Roy Donovan

May 10th, 2017

Roy Donovan, a member of the ACP leadership team, will participate in 'Leap of Faith', RTE Radio 1, Friday, 12 May at 10.00 p.m.

10May The National Maternity Hospital

The National Maternity Hospital

May 10th, 2017

The ACP Leadership discussed the issues surrounding the National Maternity Hospital at their (quarterly) meeting on 2nd May 2017 and issued the following statement…

As this issue is already being debated on our website comments can be addressed to the article "Catholic Ethos and Other Mysteries",




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