25Jul Lets end Clericalism in the Church : Donald Cozzens

Clergy caught up in clericalism are incapable of seeing that it freezes their humanity—their ability to simply connect on a human level with the various sorts of God’s holy people.

By Father Donald Cozzens, a writer in residence at

22Jul The Current Method of Selecting Bishops runs counter to Church tradition

This article is taken from the National Catholic Reporter. It is very relevant to what is happening in the recent appointment of bishops here in Ireland

Robert Mickens’ column calling for a new way of choosing bishops is most timely. …

20Jul Brendan Hoban on Changing Times in the Church

We are glad to welcome Brendan back to the airwaves, being now well on his way to full recovery from a recent illness.

Less than two years ago, in September 2013, representing the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), I visited …

13Jul Priesthood and Vocations: Seamus Ahearne

Ollie Brogan (ESB International ) said: The Irish are welcome everywhere – because of the great work done by the Missionaries. ‘ Should we employ him as our PR person?

A journalist was on the phone. She was writing an …

10Jul Study guide for “Encountering Pope Francis”

I got this email a couple of days ago from Aidan McAleenan, an Irish priest working in Berkeley, California, who has prepared a lively way of getting people in touch with the style and message of Pope Francis. Many of

19Jun Caring for our common home

Sean McDonagh tells us that Pope Francis' encyclical is ' one of the most important documents to come from a Pope in the past one hundred-and-twenty years.'
'Pope Francis is the first to acknowledge the magnitude of the ecological crisis, the urgency with which it must be faced and the irreversible nature of ecological damage.'
Sean reminds us though that while 'this is a most exciting document, it is only a beginning. Real efforts and resources have to be placed behind it if this concern is to find its rightful place at the heart of Christian ministry.'

18Jun Re-admitting women to the ordained Diaconate

Phyllis Zagano in an article in the National Catholic Reporter gives a very interesting analysis of recent developments concerning the questions of re-admitting women to the order of deacon and that of ordaining married men to the order of priest.
Could it be that two Irish Bishops may give a lead to the universal church on these issues?

16Jun Does marriage mean exactly what we want it to mean?

Brendan Hoban writing in the Western People wonders if marriage really only means what we want it to mean. Brendan says 'The Catholic Church, it could be argued, has a similar problem. It makes a distinction between two kinds of marriage: ‘sacramental’ and ‘natural’.
However this 'may be an important one to remember when the October Synod reassembles in Rome. In short, marriage doesn’t have to be sacramental to be accepted by the Catholic Church.'

16Jun Listening rather than hearing

Chris McDonnell reminds us that hearing is not listening. 'Listening demands that we pay attention, that we concentrate, that for a while we are silent.' When we really listen the results can be surprising and transforming.

12Jun In times of crisis be creative

Brian Eyre keeps the question of married priests before us for consideration.
His is a timely reminder in a week where we see the appointment of three priests to "united parishes" in Tuam Archdiocese, i.e. they are to assume the responsibility of a neighbouring parish along with their current one due to the retirement of priests who have reached the retirement age of Seventy Five years, even though these men are still to provide sacramental and pastoral ministry. How long is this situation sustainable in dioceses throughout Ireland?
It was also the week when an Irish Bishop put his toe gingerly in the waters stirred up by Pope Francis and called for discussion about the possibility of ordaining married men.