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Friday of Week 2 of Lent

22 March: Friday of Week 2 of Lent

Lent invites us to dream again, examine our best ideals, planted in us by God...



21Mar ACP Regional Meetings; February 2019 – Summary

ACP Regional Meetings; February 2019 – Summary

March 21st, 2019

Regional meetings in support of the well-being of priests were held during February in Kilkenny, Tuam, Cork, Letterkenny, Dublin, Limerick and Armagh.

21Mar The days we call Lent

The days we call Lent

March 21st, 2019

In his Catholic Times column Chris McDonnell reflects on Lent.
"Too often we are quick with our answers on matters of faith and morality when really we should look more at the options and context..........Maybe that is what Lent gives us, more time than usual to ask the difficult questions, not of others but of ourselves. And if the answers are not immediate, then we should not worry."

17Mar Deanery Meeting – An Unhappy Experience

Deanery Meeting – An Unhappy Experience

March 17th, 2019

Jo O'Sullivan gives an account of her experience of a Deanery meeting.
"My experience at the Deanery meeting has me wondering if, ........ It is all only window-dressing - a pretence that the members of Parish Pastoral Councils are involved in decision-making.

17Mar Presider’s Page for Sunday 17 March (Lá Fhéile Pádraig)

Presider’s Page for Sunday 17 March (Lá Fhéile Pádraig)

March 17th, 2019

As the second week of Lent begins in other countries, we pause from our lenten penances to honour Patrick, the apostle of the Irish. In our celebration of this solemn feast, we worship God, creator, redeemer and sanctifier, who brought our ancestors into the Christian fold through the preaching of St Patrick.

16Mar Celibacy, Sexuality and the Crisis in the Priesthood

Celibacy, Sexuality and the Crisis in the Priesthood

March 16th, 2019

Paddy Ferry reminds all readers in Scotland that Tony Flannery will be there on Thursday evening, 21 March, at Edinburgh University talking about "Celibacy, Sexuality and the Crisis in the Priesthood".
"A Conversation with Fr. Tony Flannery", 6th Floor Common Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD. 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

Paddy also draws our attention to the fact that the German bishops have started "a binding synodal process", as Cardinal Marx has called it, to discuss much the same topic.  It  has been reported in many outlets including the Catholic Herald.

15Mar ICEL 1998 Missal; Season of Lent

ICEL 1998 Missal; Season of Lent

March 15th, 2019

For those who find the "new missal" prayers unwieldy and cumbersome to say aloud there is an alternative 'approved by English speaking Bishops' Conferences if unapproved by curia' option in the ICEl 1998 Missal. 

12Mar Airbrushed out of Church…. – Elephant in the Church

Airbrushed out of Church…. – Elephant in the Church

March 12th, 2019

Roy Donovan reflects on the discussion evening on the themes of the book, Elephant in the Church, on Women’s International Day, March 8th, in the Avila Centre in Donnybrook

09Mar Don’t let life get you down

Don’t let life get you down

March 9th, 2019

Seamus Ahearne writes against the backdrop of current experience where "We can feel got at ... we feel accused of sexual chaos  .... we are deflated ... the Church is battered. .... the priesthood is in a mess." and states that we still need to be "people who have a view of a bigger picture and can give a real context to every day and always have a broader outlook. We can’t be a slave to the News or to the Moment." We can't let life get us down.

08Mar Time running out to save the church

Time running out to save the church

March 8th, 2019

Christa Pongratz-Lippitt reports in La Croix International on a press conference given by Father Helmut Schüller of Austria where he said that the sex abuse crisis shows an urgent need to 'desacralize' the Catholic priesthood and empower the laity. Time, he warned "is running out for the Church to make major structural changes if its leaders want to save it from collapse."

08Mar Listen to my people

Listen to my people

March 8th, 2019

Chris McDonnell writing in the Catholic Times about the crisis in which the church is mired states "First of all, we cannot expect, nor should we presume, that the bishops can achieve change by carefully chosen phrases and pious pleasantries. There must be deep and meaningful exchange with the laity, using the latter’s experience and expertise to inform and develop a satisfactory strategy. Ownership by all achieves more than the instruction from a selected group.
Secondly, we must ensure that women are allowed and encouraged to participate fully in such developments..........The singular male voice has dominated for too long and the story that has been told has been incomplete. Maybe now, at long last, change will be forced upon us and we will recognise that appreciation of the broader picture will only come when the response is from both men and women."




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