Sean M O’Connail assesses the progress in the ten-year plan of implementing the National Directory for Catechesis and finds that, three years in, it has come to a standstill. He calls on the Irish Bishops to acknowledge the state of emergency in the Irish Church, given the crisis facing clerical manpower and morale.
The ‘stupidity’ of Veritas has compounded the harm done to the Church’s good name by the Tony Flannery episode
Seamus Ahearne osa reflects with sadness and anger on Veritas’ continuing decision not to stock Tony Flannery’s book
The ACP Leadership Team reports that the German Bishops are taking the Pope at his word, and acting accordingly — and they ask: “what are the chances that Irish Church authorities might do the same?”
The Irish Bishops‘ statement at the end of their Winter meeting in Maynooth included comments on the two major initiatives from the Vatican in recent days – the questionnaire on the Synod on the Family, and Pope Francis’ document, The Joy of the Gospel. (Published on the bishops’ website: read the full statement here)
Brendan Hoban reviews Untying the Knots by Paul Vallely, the celebrated biography of Pope Francis (first published in the Western People, 24 November 2013)
William Grimm believes that the large majority of priests are unhappy with the new English translation of the Missal. He suggests that bishops should make the 1998 translation available, and allow their priests to use it — imitating the robust approach of the German bishops.
Tony Flannery rejoices in the difference Pope Francis is making in the Church, but fears that local church leadership may not have the capacity to implement the change the pope wishes for.
Sean O’Conaill gives a layman’s response to Evangelii gaudium. He hopes that the decentralisation that Pope Francis encourages might overcome ‘deeply embedded Irish clericalism’