RTE is reporting that An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, may have raised the issue of Irish priests who have been 'silenced' at a meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican.
How small is small?
Chris McDonnell in his recent article in the Catholic Times offers his opinion on comments made by Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput about the benefits of having a "smaller, lighter Church if her members are also more faithful, more zealous, more missionary and more committed to holiness”.
Chris sees the comments as a backlash by some in the context of the "interesting change taking place in the United States as the conservative nature of the US hierarchy is gradually being eroded by the appointment of bishops more in tune with the openness of Francis."
He further states that "To advocate a smaller, purer church challenges the very nature of a pilgrim Church, where the open arms of a Christian welcome demands that we offer what we have and accept others who might wish to share the journey.
It all smacks of religious sectionalism that takes no account of the bumps and difficulties that we all experience."
Anthony Ruff OSB in his Praytell blog gives a round up of reactions to the sweeping changes made by Pope Francis to the Congregation for Divine Worship .
Dare we hope that the new appointees will address the disaster that is the “new translation” of the Roman Missal?
Time to Break Out
Pope francis urges bishops to be vigilant over who they admit to the seminary as world needs “mature and balanced” clergy according to a report by Christopher Lamb in www.lastampa.it
The report continues 'Priests must leave their “fortresses” ' says Francis and also quotes him as saying 'the Church should stop reducing Catholicism to a “recipe of rules” while clergy needed to break out of their closed worlds.'
Marco Politi – The Association of Catholics in Ireland in association with the Loyola Institute, Trinity College
Marco Politi will speak in the Loyola Institute, Trinity College, on Tuesday 18th October at 6.30 pm.
Fr Sean McDonagh, a member of the leadership team of the ACP, recently met with Pope Francis.
Maybe the nuncio to Ireland and Irish bishops might do likewise on a regular basis.
Bishop Vincent Long of Parramatta, NSW, spoke recently about how we are now 'living in a watershed and a privileged moment in the history of the Church.' It is a time with demands and challenges for us.
He said that in church 'It is not “business as usual”. There needs to be an attitudinal change at every level, a conversion of mind and heart that conforms us to the spirit of the Gospel, a new wine into new wineskins, not a superficial change or, worse, a retreat into restorationism.
Gaudium et Spes, the guiding document of the Council, presented a new paradigm: the church is not an enclosure which protects its members against the sinful world. It is a fellow pilgrim with the men and women of our age. It is a church incarnate in the world. Therefore, it is time not of fearful retreat, disengagement and self-referential pomp, but of accompaniment and engagement.
The church will be less than what Christ intends it to be when issues of inclusion and equality are not fully addressed. That is why you heard me say that I am guided by the radical vision of Christ. I am committed to make the church in Parramatta the house for all peoples, a church where there is less an experience of exclusion but more an encounter of radical love, inclusiveness and solidarity.
We cannot be a strong moral force and an effective prophetic voice in society if we are simply defensive, inconsistent and divisive with regards to certain social issues. We cannot talk about the integrity of creation, the universal and inclusive love of God, while at the same time colluding with the forces of oppression in the ill-treatment of racial minorities, women and homosexual persons."
It is a long but worthwhile read and can be downloaded in Pdf format
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' "
Pope Francis gave his customary press conference on his return flight following his trip to Armenia.
America magazine and the Catholic News Agency (CNA) among other news outlets are carrying reports of his comments.
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”…'