11Sep Synod On The Family Expectations Of A Diocesan Bishop

Johan Bonny, Bishop of Antwerp, Belgium, has written of his expectations of the forthcoming synod.

It is a longish document but well worth reading in its entirety. The following excerpts are meant to only give a flavour of what he has written.

10Sep The makeup of Synod of Bishops on the Family is disappointing

Thomas Reese in his latest NCR column expresses concerns that change is not really happening with the Curia if we are to judge by the make up of the upcoming Synod on the family. He says that " Having curial officials as members of a synod fails to recognize that they should be staff not policymakers."
He also states his concerns whether the lay auditors "will represent to the bishops the views of lay Catholics, but it is hard to argue that they are representative of Catholics at large." He concludes that " If Francis and the Council of Cardinals is not willing to change the makeup of the synod of bishops, it is hard to believe they will really fix the Roman Curia."

10Sep Married priests: A financial burden? Divided hearts?

Brian Eyre draws on his own experience to add his contribution to the General Assembly of the ACP on October the 1st on the discussion of the possible return of married priests to public ministry. Brian says that his own experiences show that married priests need not necessarily be a financial burden on a parish and secondly that their dedication and time will not be divided.

09Sep The Last Priests in Ireland

As a preparation for our discussions ‘The Vocations Crisis, will clustering work?’ at our AGM on 01 October, we commend to our members two articles from the September Furrow, On the Edge by Donagh O’Meara and The Last Priests in Ireland by Donald Cozzens, which map out the context for our discussion.
We encourage as many of our members as possible to attend the AGM in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, 01 October 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

09Sep On the Edge

As a preparation for our discussions ‘The Vocations Crisis, will clustering work?’ at our AGM on 01 October, we commend to our members two articles from the September Furrow, On the Edge by Donagh O’Meara and The Last Priests in Ireland by Donald Cozzens, which map out the context for our discussion.
We encourage as many of our members as possible to attend the AGM in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, 01 October 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

05Sep The Permanent Deacon

Enda Lyons in Tuam's diocesan magazine, New Dawn, writes that when considering the permanent diaconate we should start with the ministry of Christ and not of priests. "Christ’s ministry was, as we know, very broad and not at all narrowly ‘churchy’. The Christ in the gospels was to be found much more often in the villages, on the roads, by the lakeside and in the hills, than in the Temples or synagogues. His Temple was wherever people were and his ministry started and ended with tending to their needs."

01Sep Peter McVerry sj: Social Activist and  Campaigner

Kirsty Jane McCluskey interviews Peter McVerry SJ, for her project about Jesuit vocation and identity: http://jesuitstories.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/peter-mcverry-sj-social-activist-and-campaigner/

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.