Brendan Hoban in a recent article in the Western People wonders about the abandonment by media and some homilists of the tradition of not speaking ill of the dead."If they can’t frame the words needed, to respect the dead and the living, then silence is probably the best policy."
- Our need for heroes and the curse of certainty
- Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) on the Tuam Babies revelations and the resignation of Marie Collins from the Vatican Commission on Clerical Sex Abuse
- ‘Apologia pro vita sua’ (or something like that).
- ‘Thinkers needed for the Wasteland!’
- “the apostolate of the ear”
Today's Homily Resource
Saint Peter Chanel, priest and martyr
1st Reading: Acts 5:34-42
Gamaliel prudently advises his colleagues against condemning Jesus’ followers
But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and …
Pádraig McCarthy draws our attention to the statement from the Oblates about the involvement of religious congregations in the government redress scheme for residents of children’s institutions.
Wake from your slumber
Seamus Ahearne OSA reflects on the story of Lazarus and challenges us to "Wake up. Taste the beauty of life. Notice the wonder and mystery. See God dancing in people, moments and nature. Come out of the tomb. Be bold"
Report on ACP Meeting at Ovens on Wednesday 17 March 2017
Report of the meeting of ACP western region
The Language of Doctrine
Tony Flannery writing on his blog wonders if "Some of the very basic doctrines of the Church no longer make sense to the modern mind, and are being quietly rejected even by people who still attend church. Some of these doctrines are not Scripture based, but came out of the early centuries of the Church, a time when there was a very different understanding of the world and of humanity, and, probably most significant of all, a very different language which is still used to proclaim these doctrines. "
We carry two interesting articles about the proposed review of ‘Liturgiam Authenticam’, the Vatican's official guide for liturgical translations.
“The New Zealand bishops are delighted with the news that Pope Francis is arranging for a review of the 2001 document Liturgiam Authenticam."
"Why haven’t the American bishops or the other English-speaking conferences joined the New Zealanders in welcoming the review? Have they so bought into Liturgiam authenticam that they now oppose Pope Francis’s plan to review and revise it?"
We could well ask what do our Irish bishops think about this issue?
Brendan Hoban, writing in the Western People, suggests it's time church authorities caught up with the outlook of the vast majority of the membership of the church with regard to the issue of married priests. Brendan says that 'inevitably, the penny eventually drops'.
Brendan points to the outgoing Papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown stating "after his last public Mass in Ireland, that he was alarmed at the age-profile of Irish priests, the few entering seminaries and his fear that the Irish Church was on a cliff edge, ready to go into ‘free fall’. Strangely, while in office as papal nuncio, Archbishop Brown didn’t strike such a pessimistic note; indeed to the frustration of many he kept talking about ‘green shoots of recovery’ in the Irish Church."
Bishop Eamonn Casey
The death of Eamonn Casey, former bishop of Galway, has evoked different reactions and emotions.
Kevin Clancy has his own special memories; "Having been a diocesan priest myself for several years, working with and coming across a considerable number of bishops, charisma-wise none of them could compare with him or match his passion in promoting the social message of the gospel."
Brendan Hoban in his weekly column in the Western People says that "If the values of the gospel of Jesus are to find its space in a different world, we need ordinary words to communicate truths that resonate with the deepest reaches and we need rituals, religious or otherwise, that speak gospel truths.
Eamonn Casey urging on thousands of young people in Galway to tell the Pope that they loved him is now part of the baggage of a by-gone era. We need to stop visiting it."