11Nov Fact or Fiction : Real or Imaginary.

Seamus Ahearne wonders if he serves a "fictional parish or is this how it now is? I must say I enjoy it how it is. New Missals and such language is totally irrelevant. A new language is absolutely essential. Liturgy (if it is real) connects with the experiences of the local community. It is their pictures that matter with the God of surprises."

11Nov Srs. Marie Duddy and Frances Forde; a reflection

Brian McKee, Director, Seedlings, offers this reflection on the impact of the lives and work of Sr Frances Forde and Sr. Marie Duddy who sadly died in a road traffic accident.

A married man, Brian works with the Passionists as Director of Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre, near Belfast, and in the parish of Holy Cross, Ardoyne in the work of peace and reconciliation. www.seedlingsireland.com

11Nov The recent Synod; the penny drops!

'Synods of bishops for decades have been highly embarrassing gatherings.'
Brendan Hoban in his Western People column takes a look at the recent Synod of bishops.
'Representatives of bishops from around the world usually gathered in Rome, dressed immaculately for the occasion and delivered set speeches – all in the knowledge that the final statement was already drafted before they had left home!'
This time it was different;
'At the opening Francis spelled it out in no uncertain terms for delegates: debate, say what you think; don’t be afraid to speak your mind.'

11Nov 11th November. Tuesday of Week 32.

Applying doctrine to practice: In his advice to Titus, Paul respects the limits of the church's local culture, yet also sets our human life within a divine framework. He begins with an appeal that our speech be "consistent with sound doctrine" and explains that the core of this sound doctrine is about...