28Aug Catholic church must welcome ‘unconventional couples,’ top Italian bishop says.

Josephine McKenna, Religion News Service, reports in the NCR that Bishop Nunzio Galantino, leader of the Italian Bishops Conference, said that "that everyone should 'feel at home' in the church, and especially at Mass -- including migrants, the disabled, the poor and those in unconventional relationships."

26Aug A glimpse of the past fifty years with the Augustinians!

Seamus Ahearne in his unique style shares his reflections on his fifty years with the Augustinians. Seamus, as usual, challenges us with his experience and wisdom.
Ad multos annos.

25Aug Do Irish nuns need to listen to their American sisters?

Brendan Hoban in his weekly Western People column states that history, while recognising the failures and limitations of a minority of Irish nuns, will eventually laud the extraordinary contribution nuns have made to Irish life. '
The self-less service given by thousands of nuns should not be air-brushed from the national memory. They deserve more than that.

01Aug August is a wicked month! Or is it ‘the silly season’ ?

Seamus Ahearne reminds us that August is often spoken of as the ‘silly season’ when any old trivial story will fly and fill the spaces. His stories may be ‘kites’ but they hint at a culture that is changing. We either embrace this new world or it runs away from us and we become irrelevant.

17Jun The cumulative effect of scandals has a devastating impact on the Church

Fr. Gerard Maloney writes in the Irish Times of his reaction to the information, and disinformation, about the mother and baby homes.

12Jun Will the U.S. bishops follow Pope Francis?

Jesuit priest, Thomas Reese, writing in the National Catholic Reporter, comments on the meeting of U.S. bishops. The meeting could be a turning point but he asks, will they sail with the Francis wind or will they buck the waves of change?

04Jun Jose Pagola and the Algarve

Seamus Ahearne asks what do we read as priests, or do we? What do bishops read or do they? I wonder what we might come up with, if we took Pagola's book, mixed in with Pope Francis' (Joy of the Gospel) and tried to remodel our Church; our parishes; our Deanery; our Diocese; our Liturgies. Can we ever 'minister' if there isn't rigorous discussion, serious study and a deep commitment to making Jesus Christ and Gospel relevant in every age?

28May Statement of the Austrian Pastors’ Intitiative on the Excommunication of Martha and Gert Heizer

This decision is a fatal signal for all who are hoping, together with Pope Francis, for a kind Church that is close to the people.

24May The sudden death of All Hallows

Seamus Ahearne is saddened at the loss of All Hallows. He says "The Church in Ireland; the Church in Dublin will become less hospitable (less warm and open) at the death of such a homely place. We cannot afford the loss of someone so dear. Can something else be done?"

17May The Hamster Wheel of Sacramental Routine:

Seamus Ahearne muses on the special moments of life we mark with Sacraments and he wonders how can we help to let the world of God be glimpsed?