20Jun Cometh the hour, cometh the bishops

Brendan Hoban writing in his column for the Western People says that because 'the history of the Church is about swings and roundabouts, tides ebbing and flowing .... bishops often find themselves out of sync with the pope of the day, and beached like great whales, because the tide that brought them in has gone out again.'

20Jun Pope honors ‘rebel’ priests censured for commitment to poor

The Miami Herald reports that Pope Francis made a pilgrimage to northern Italy on Tuesday to honour two 20th-century parish priests whose commitment to the poor and powerless brought them censure from the Vatican. Francis "delivered a lengthy tribute to the priest, quoting Mazzolari's writings about the need for the church to accompany its flock that Francis himself could have penned."
The account from Vatican Radio has a slightly different emphasis.
The censured of today are the heroes of tomorrow!

16Jun DeaconChat

An interesting initiative called "DeaconChat'  has been launched by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, FutureChurch, and Voice of the Faithful.

11Jun “Banging on about God”

Brian Fahy shares some thoughts provoked by his memories of his mother's parish in Mayo. "The Church (in Bangor) is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus .... My own little church in Lancashire, where I grew up and went to mass is also dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, so I was very pleased to discover that my mother’s place of worship carried the same name and the same message of love."

08Jun A Letter to Brendan Hoban

Dominic Meehan wrote in the June edition of 'The Furrow' in response to Brendan Hoban's talk at the AGM of the Association of Catholic Priests. (‘A Lost Tribe’. Brendan Hoban, The Furrow February 2017)
Our thanks to the editor of 'The Furrow' for permission to republish Dominick's letter.

01Jun Church teaching and the knowledge and understanding of modernity

Belgian Jesuit, Roger Lenaers in his books looks at the relationship between Church teaching and the knowledge and understanding of modernity.

31May ‘God is Still Smiling’; a seaside meditation

Seamus Ahearne offers an early morning seaside meditation for consideration and reflection.
"Why have I been always so thrilled with the liveliness of the world of God around me? Why has it been such a happy place? Why is 'my church' so privileged and so astonishing? Twenty years in Finglas today and and still amazed and delighted daily at the revelations of God among us. A very happy God - indeed the God of surprises."

30May Reforming the Catholic Church- Speaking Notes, Gerry O’Hanlon sj

Gerry O’Hanlon, sj has very kindly given us his speaking notes from his recent talk “Reforming the Catholic Church” in the Jesuit Conference Centre, Milltown
Park,, for 'We are Church Ireland'.

26May Married priests: call for courageous conversation

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."

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

Chris McDonnell reacts to the tragic events in Manchester

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