18Jul Some cardinals should see red!

Brendan Hoban in the Western People suggests it's time that Cardinals who are obstructing the reforms of Pope Francis should be called to order.
"Francis has very publicly told members of the Roman Curia that they often suffered from 'the pathology of power' which produced ' a superiority complex' "

15Jul Father Sean Fagan RIP — a brief appreciation

It was with great sadness that the ACP learned of the death of Fr. Sean Fagan.
May the Lord grant him peace.
Tony Flannery penned a brief appreciation on learning of Sean's death.

11Jul No Need to Face East: Cardinal Sarah corrected by Pope Francis

Praytellblog and http://aleteia.org are reporting that Pope Francis summoned Cardinal Sarah to a meeting last Saturday following the latter's call for priests to face east while celebrating Mass from next Advent.
A statement was issued by Press Office of the Holy See, 11/07/2016.
"There are not, therefore, any new liturgical directives beginning next Advent" and "it is best to avoid using the expression 'reform of the reform', referring to the liturgy, as sometimes it has been a source of misunderstanding "

05Jul Nero fiddled … Cardinal Sarah asks priests to start celebrating Mass facing east this Advent

Cardinal Sarah asks priests to start celebrating Mass facing east this Advent ....... Really, he did!

04Jul A failure of imagination and courage

Brendan Hoban writing in the Western People continues to question when the bishops will find the courage and imagination to face the 'vocation crisis' in the Church in Ireland.
"The simple truth is that the problem with vocations to the priesthood is that young Irish men are no longer saying YES to a celibate vocation, their parents are encouraging them to say No and the vast majority of priests in parishes know that prioritising celibacy over the Eucharist is not just bad theology, it isn’t working."

26Jun Sunday Eucharist is centrally important

Pádraig McCarthy reminds us, and the bishops, that St. John Paul II said "among the many activities of a parish, none is as vital or as community-forming as the Sunday celebration of the Lord's Day and his Eucharist".
John Paul also underlined the importance of “ensuring that parish assemblies are not without the necessary ministry of priests”, but according to Padraig 'the Church is not ensuring this.'
Time has run out for action to be taken but we wait, and wait, and wait......

25Jun The Place of Silencing in the Teaching of the Church

Soline Humbert brings to our attention a presentation by Sr Jeannine Gramick from 2000 about a document, relevant to the issue of silencing, that was produced by the Second General Assembly of the 1971 Synod of Bishops. Entitled Justice in the World . . .It says: “The Church recognizes everyone’s right to suitable freedom of expression and thought. This includes the right of everyone to be heard in a spirit of dialogue which preserves a legitimate diversity within the Church” (JW 44).
Soline says 'the importance of this document exceeds the importance of any document produced by a Vatican dicastery because it bears the weight of the world’s bishops in communion with the Bishop of Rome. This fact should be noted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith [CDF], which has silenced theologians and pastoral workers even after Vatican II. A higher authority than the CDF has validated free expression and public debate on controversial theological issues."

21Jun Stifle debate, stifle church

Tony Flannery has written an article, published in The Irish Times and on his own website, about the attempted stifling of the debate about the ordination of women.

"The efforts made by the Vatican to silence discussion on the ordination of women over the past 50 years have been both unsuccessful and unwise."
"Though Pope Francis has said that this door is closed, his consistent call for open discussion and dialogue, and indeed for open doors, has created a climate where the whole issue of women’s place in the church is now centre stage."
"The effort by the Vatican to stifle debate, often by using methods that should never be part of the Christian community, is doing enormous damage to the church."

21Jun Legitimising what’s unacceptable.

Brendan Hoban in his weekly Western People column reflects on the recent atrocity in Orlando.
Wondering about the influence religion may have in encouraging acts of homophobic violence he writes;
"A Florida bishop, Robert Lynch, lamented the role religion has played in breeding contempt for the LGBT community: ‘Sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people,’ he wrote ‘attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence."

14Jun Understanding Francis

In seeking to explain Pope Francis, Antonio Spadaro S.J. in Cyber Theology points to 5 traits of the ministry of Francis.
'Francis is a pope who is living his ministry as a ministry of discernment, of ”incomplete thought”…'