24Aug Two reflections on Dr. Magee’s Interview. Brendan Hoban: Margaret Lee

Two different, both very interesting, reactions to the interview given by Bishop John Magee.  Brendan Hoban reflects on the problem of the language used by some senior clerics.   Margaret Lee wonders about saying that people who were abused are 'destroyed' or that they 'can never find peace'

24Aug 24 Aug, Wednesday of Week 21

Work and Faith Complement Each Other

The readings offer us two complementary views on human activity. Paul stresses work, the gospel condemns "works". Paul's work that leads to faith..

23Aug Statement in Response to Bishop Magee’s Interview

The Association of Catholic Priests, while it welcomes the fact that Bishop Magee did an interview, believes that what he said was inadequate. Like many other senior clerics, the language he used and the way that he presented it left …

23Aug 23 Aug, Tuesday of Week 21

Gentle Strength

Paul combines attitudes that at first may seem contradictory. Though strong and independent, he is "gentle as any nursing mother." In no way did he plan his actions merely to please others, yet he was anxious to share very lives of h is people. He values practical, everyday decision-making,

22Aug 22 Aug, Monday, The Queenship of Mary (Memorial)

How this Feast arose

Eight days ago, we were celebrating the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Today, we are commemorating another beautiful Marian Feast, that of the Queenship of Mary. This special Liturgical Feast was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII on October 11, 1954 through his Encyclical Letter "Ad Caeli Reginam."

21Aug Misguided Missal

There is a website from the U.S. that is very encouraging for anyone who is concerned about the introduction of the New Missal. The points they make in their mission statement bear a great similarity to the position we in …

21Aug 21 Aug, Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time


We celebrate Christ's choice of Peter, in spite of his shortcomings, to be the rock on which his church is founded. At the same time, we recall how Simon Peter could also be called a "stumbling-block" because he could occasionally be headstrong, weak, or plain wrong on some vital issues, like the need for the Christ to suffer before reaching his glory. We pray for our present pope, that he may be guided by the Holy Spirit, with wisdom and strength to lead us in facing the real challenges of the modern world.

21Aug 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Liturgy preparation

At their services this weekend, worshippers come into the presence of the God whose mystery they can never comprehend: 'all we have comes from the Lord, and we can only bow down in awe, and bring forward the praise that is due to the Almighty....' —the purpose of the gathering.


20Aug 20 Aug, Saturday of Week 20

Providence and Prudence

Ruth points to a divine providence which functions through human activity yet reaches new heights for the humble and kindly of heart. Jesus contrasts these humble people with others who are proud and selfish. Although Ruth

19Aug Big Picture at World Youth Day: ‘It’s the Evangelicals, stupid!’

John Allen of the NCR outlines his picture of the future Church.

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