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23 January. Tuesday of Week 3

23 January. Tuesday of Week 3



22Jan Pope apologises to victims of abuse for words used in defence of Bishop Barros

Pope apologises to victims of abuse for words used in defence of Bishop Barros

January 22nd, 2018

Report from Papal flight to Rome from Peru by Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service

20Jan Bishop Barros controversy in Chile

Bishop Barros controversy in Chile

January 20th, 2018

In a comment on another thread Iggy O Donovan asks
“Can anybody shed light on the reported comments of Francis in Chile regarding Bishop Barros Madrid. It appears to have offended abuse survivors and if true would definitely cast a negative cloud over his papacy. Also from the point of view of his Irish visit it would make itself felt and not in a positive way.”
To provide some information on this subject we carry a report from americamagazine and a statement issued by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston.

19Jan Return of the Servant Myth

Return of the Servant Myth

January 19th, 2018

John N. Collins, an Australian theologian, has devoted a great part for his life to studying the real meaning of ‘diakonia’. His thesis has serious implications for our understanding of ministry in church.
"I was confronted by the need to identify the nature of the ‘service’ of the Son of Man (Mk 10:45). Soon I came to recognise that the English ‘service’ words were totally inadequate to represent the range of meanings ancient Greek authors intended by their use of diakon- terms."

18Jan Laudato Si’ An Irish Response

Laudato Si’ An Irish Response

January 18th, 2018

Sean McDonagh and the 10 contributors to the book Laudato Si' An Irish Response were invited to visit the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on Thursday, 18 January, 2018

17Jan Stressed-out priests turn to trade unions for support

Stressed-out priests turn to trade unions for support

January 17th, 2018

Catherine Pepinster reports in Religion News Service, religionnews.com, on the fact that some Anglican priests are joining trade unions.
She quotes Rev. Peter Hobson, who is head of the priests’ Unite branch, Church of England Clergy Advocates; "vicars are turning to the union because they are under pressure from all sides — from the people in the pews and from their bishops........ the bishop, while he is a pastoral figure, is also managerial. And the managerial approach is coming more and more to the fore ........ this more managerial approach makes relationships between clergy and bishops more difficult, and clergy consequently need more advice and someone 'on their side,' as it were, from outside the church ."

16Jan Difference, division, and the acceptance of diversity

Difference, division, and the acceptance of diversity

January 16th, 2018

The text of a lecture given by Gabriel Daly OSA to a "We are Church" event on Monday, 15 January 2018.
Our sincere thanks to Gabriel and to Colm Holmes of 'We are Church Ireland' for providing the text.

15Jan German bishop urges church debate on blessing same-sex unions

German bishop urges church debate on blessing same-sex unions

January 15th, 2018

America magazine, among others, carries a report of the call by Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabruck ,(vice president of the German bishops' conference) for a debate on whether Catholic clergy should bless same-sex unions..

15Jan Priests – Ministers of Religion or Messengers of Joy?

Priests – Ministers of Religion or Messengers of Joy?

January 15th, 2018

Joe McVeigh ponders the future role of priests in the church.
"In Ireland, we are now in mission territory. We who have been ordained and who have survived this long are missionary priests in our own country. We are no longer maintenance priests in charge of maintaining churches, schools and parochial halls, .... We now need to adjust to the entirely new situation facing us and adopt new practices and a new ways of being church."

15Jan Call for Pope Francis to meet Marie Collins in support of Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

Call for Pope Francis to meet Marie Collins in support of Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

January 15th, 2018

A "We Are Church" Press Release of 14 January 2018 calls for Pope Francis to meet Marie Collins to show support of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

12Jan ACP Information Card: Correspondence from and to the Kildare & Leighin Council of Priests

ACP Information Card: Correspondence from and to the Kildare & Leighin Council of Priests

January 12th, 2018

Correspondence from and to the Kildare & Leighin Council of Priests concerning the ACP information Card issued at the recent AGM.
The card outlines rights priests have in civil and canon law and are taken from “Guidelines for the Care and Management of Respondents (i.e. priests) Standard 4” as outlined by the National Board for Safeguarding Children.




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