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21 January, 2020. Tuesday of Week 2

Sunday is not so much the day of total rest as the day we keep free to do God's work, responding to the needs of others and the call they make on us...



20Jan No exceptions to respect for human life

No exceptions to respect for human life

January 20th, 2020

In the light of recent reports of gruesome homicides Pádraig McCarthy comments on the lack of respect for human life in our society.

16Jan Election Day

Election Day

January 16th, 2020

Pádraig McCarthy offers a prayer from Walter Brueggemann as we face into the election campaign.

14Jan Retired Pope did not co-author book with Cardinal Sarah

Retired Pope did not co-author book with Cardinal Sarah

January 14th, 2020

“I can confirm that this morning, at the instruction of the emeritus pope, I asked Cardinal Robert Sarah to contact the editors of the book requesting that they remove the name of Benedict XVI as co-author of that same book, and also to remove his signature from the introduction and conclusion [to it],” stated Archbishop Gänswein, who is also the prefect of the papal household.

He said: “The emeritus pope in fact knew that the cardinal was preparing a book and had sent a brief text on the priesthood authorizing him to make whatever use he wanted of it. But he did not approve any project for a book under the two names, nor had he seen or authorized the cover.”

12Jan Personal reflection at the beginning of the New Year

Personal reflection at the beginning of the New Year

January 12th, 2020

Updated with a link to an interview of Tony Flannery by Monica Morley on Mid West Radio's Faith Alive programme.

Tony Flannery posted a very interesting start of the year reflection on his personal blog.
It is nothing less than scandalous that Tony still is "withdrawn" from ministry and that this situation is allowed to continue by those in authority.
"I am inclined to believe that if there is to be any change in my situation it will happen this year. If not, then I will have to accept that things will remain as they are for whatever amount of life I have left. I can cope, I think, with not ministering as a priest any more. At my age I wouldn’t be doing much anyway. But living within an institution that acts in such a cavalier and unjust fashion, and is quite happy to sit with that injustice and do nothing about it, will be the difficult part."

07Jan ACP on Social Media – Facebook & Twitter

ACP on Social Media – Facebook & Twitter

January 7th, 2020

ACP expands its social media presence with a new Facebook page.

07Jan A Papal Joust –The Two Popes

A Papal Joust –The Two Popes

January 7th, 2020

Brendan Hoban, writing in the Western People, casts an eye over Fernando Meirelle's film The Two Popes.
Brendan draws one very definite conclusion; having stated that the enjoyment of the film is enhanced by the stunning background of Castel Gandolfo, Rome and the Vatican, Brendan says "It’s easy to see why that artificial world is a dangerous context for impressionable young men who can be easily convinced that Rome represents standards that should be replicated in the wider church and the wider world rather than unambiguously rejected.
Everything about this film suggests that the opposite is the case. The Rome depicted in The Two Popes should be given a wide berth." 

07Jan Sunday of the Word of God

Sunday of the Word of God

January 7th, 2020

With the first Sunday of the Word of God coming up on 26 January, Pádraig McCarthy has produced a leaflet to encourage people to read Scripture, with some simple introductory notes, and a list of the Sunday readings for the current year. Pádraig is very happy to make it available for download on our ACP website.

This has been updated to include a leaflet outlining the structure of the Books of the Bible.

06Jan “The Two Popes” interviews with Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce

“The Two Popes” interviews with Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce

January 6th, 2020

Links to "The Two Popes" interviews with Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce and director Fernando Meirelle.

Sir Anthony Hopkins - “…. The religious politics of two opposing forces coming together, opposing opinions. Today we are not allowed to have an opinion, you have to be this or that, if you’re not this you are the enemy and it’s pathetic. This is what we live with today in this world …. You don’t believe what I say, then you’re bad, …. come on , grow up, we are all going to die, no one is perfect ….”

02Jan Irish Bishops acknowledge ACI 2019 Study of Lay Co-responsibility

Irish Bishops acknowledge ACI 2019 Study of Lay Co-responsibility

January 2nd, 2020

Every member of the Irish Bishops' Conference received a copy of the ACI report Exploratory Pilot Study of Lay Involvement and Co-Responsibility at the December 2019 meeting of the conference.

31Dec Happy New Year

Happy New Year

December 31st, 2019

Wishing you every blessing in the new year




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