Today's Homily Resource

19 October. Thursday, Week 28

Saint Paul of the Cross, priest (opt mem.);
Saints John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests, martyrs (opt mem.)

1st Reading: Romans 3:21-30

All have sinned, but are freely justified by faith in Jesus Christ

But now, apart from law, …

01Oct The bishop and the vaccine

The bishop and the vaccine

October 1st, 2017

We carry a transcript of an interview between Brendan Hoban and radio presenter Monica Morley on 'Faith Alive' on Mid West Radio concerning the intervention by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinane in the debate on the HPV vaccine for young girls.

30Sep We are Church – Reformation 500 Project

We are Church – Reformation 500 Project

September 30th, 2017

We Are Church International is asking all WAC Groups around the world to take part in an international action to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

30Sep Breaking open priesthood

Breaking open priesthood

September 30th, 2017

A speech by Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, Sydney, gives food for thought about the future of priesthood in the church.
".... these vestiges of the Tridentine Model of priesthood are powerful symbols of the clerical class. It is part of the ecclesiology that emphasises the ontological change and separation of the ordained from the faithful. It is a powerful ingredient and ideal condition for the disease of clericalism to fester.
I hold that it is time for this exalted model of priesthood to be consigned to the past. Instead, we must rediscover the specific and full charism of the priesthood within the matrix of the universal priesthood of the faithful. The priesthood cannot be lived fully apart from the community of disciples."
"If we are to break open the priesthood and allow the ministries of the baptised to flourish, I think we will need to revisit the clerical and patriarchal culture along with its many institutional dynamics such as titles, privileges, customs, structures etc.".

30Sep Partners but never Rivals

Partners but never Rivals

September 30th, 2017

Brian Eyre, writing from Brazil, outlines his vision of how priesthood may evolve in the (near) future.

29Sep The Trauma of being Falsely Accused

The Trauma of being Falsely Accused

September 29th, 2017

Download Tim Hazelwood's interview with Joe Duffy on Liveline.

26Sep Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: An Interpretive Review of the Literature and Public Inquiry Reports

Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: An Interpretive Review of the Literature and Public Inquiry Reports

September 26th, 2017

The New York Times carries an interesting article about a study that examines child sexual abuse worldwide in the Roman Catholic Church that has found the Australian church has done less to safeguard children in its care than its counterparts in similar countries have.

The report, released on Wednesday by the Center for Global Research at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, also found that the church’s requirement that priests be celibate was a major risk factor for abuse.

24Sep Coming into the light

Coming into the light

September 24th, 2017

Brian Fahy shares a reflection on counting the blessings of life

18Sep A long weekend of harvesting

A long weekend of harvesting

September 18th, 2017

Seamus Ahearne writes of "A long weekend of harvesting";
"I like the extravagance of God. My little eyes and mind are sometimes too small to notice. The Garden of Eden is everywhere – if my dull heart could only see it. What has been brought to the Table of our life? What do we bring to the Table of Life?"

18Sep Condolences to Brendan Hoban

Condolences to Brendan Hoban

September 18th, 2017

The ACP offers sincere sympathy to our colleague Brendan Hoban and to his extended family on the death of his brother, Seamus.

17Sep The Wahhabi Ideology

The Wahhabi Ideology

September 17th, 2017

Sean McDonagh writes about the origins and spread of a form of Sunni Islam called Wahhabism that is having profound effects on world affairs.

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