24Sep September 24th. Thursday, Week 25

1st Reading: Haggai 1:1-8

In providing for their own needs, the people neglect to build the temple

In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord … Read the rest

23Sep Pope Francis speaks to the Bishops of the U.S.A.

One of the rich veins of wisdom in Francis' words to the bishops of the U.S.A.
"Dialogue is our method, not as a shrewd strategy but out of fidelity to the One who never wearies of visiting the marketplace, even at the eleventh hour, to propose his offer of love (Mt 20:1-16).

The path ahead, then, is dialogue among yourselves, dialogue in your presbyterates, dialogue with lay persons, dialogue with families, dialogue with society.

I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly."

23Sep September 23rd. Wednesday, Week 25

Feast of Saint Padre Pio (see below)

1st Reading: Ezra 9:5-9

At the time of the evening sacrifice, Ezra acknowledges God’s mercy

At the evening sacrifice I got up from my fasting, with my garments and my mantle torn, and … Read the rest

22Sep Discuss, Debate, Discern, Decide

Brendan Hoban writes in the Western People that the key to understanding Pope Francis "is in his Jesuit training. In simple terms Jesuits, it seems, place huge emphasis on a two-stage process in dealing with problems. The first is: sponsoring discussion, debate, consultation, discernment. The second is: making a decision."

22Sep ‘Ordination ideas have changed over time’

The issue of the ordination of women to the priesthood should not even be mentioned according to some, never mind discussed and debated. For others the fact the the catholic church does not allow ordination for women is an issue of justice and diminishes the church's voice when commenting on other issues in society.
In an interesting article in the National Catholic Reporter Thomas C Fox writes of the approach taken by Gary Macy, professor of theology and chair of the religious studies department at Santa Clara University. Macy argues that we need to look to the history of the church to gain a full understanding of the nature of priesthood and ordination.

22Sep September 22nd. Tuesday, Week 25

1st Reading: Ezra 6:7-8, 12, 14-20

How the Jews rebuilt and rededicated their temple

King Darius decreed: “Do not impede the work on this house of God; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild … Read the rest

21Sep September 21st. Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Tax-collector and Author

The name Matthew is derived from the Hebrew Mattija, shortened to Mattai in post-Biblical Hebrew. In Greek it is sometimes spelled Maththaios and sometimes Matthaios, but there is no agreement as to which of the two … Read the rest

20Sep Presider’s Page for 20 September (Ordinary Time 25)

We gather to remember the passion and death of Jesus, and to celebrate his resurrection with joy. He calls us to move beyond rivalry and conflict, to be true followers of the Christian way.

20Sep 20th September. 25th Sunday, Ordinary Time

Saint Andrew Kim and co. are not celebrated this year.

1st Reading: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20

The cruelty of the wicked against the just

“Let us lie in wait for the righteous man,
because he is inconvenient to us and opposes … Read the rest

19Sep Underestimating Love, which is the gospel’s core message

Francis A. Quinn, the retired bishop of Sacramento, has an interesting article in The New York Times in preparation for Pope Francis' visit to the U.S.A.
One of the topics he broaches is that of the ordination of women.
"Recent popes have said publicly that priesthood for women cannot be considered because the gospel and other documents state that Christ ordained men only.
Yet women have shown great qualities of leadership: strength, intelligence, prayerfulness, wisdom, practicality, sensitivity and knowledge of theology and sacred Scripture.
Might the teaching church one day, taking account of changing circumstances, be inspired by the Holy Spirit to study and reinterpret this biblical tradition?"

With so many retired bishops speaking out recently on topical issues it raises the question why they haven't done so when in office. What prevents bishops from expressing such views when they hold office? Whatever it is, it most certainly is not healthy and is damaging the office of bishop and the universal church.

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