13Dec Bishop Dermot O’ Mahony R.I.P.

Pádraig McCarthy writes about Bishop Dermot O’ Mahony who died on 10 December, aged 80.
Our sympathies to bishop O Mahony's family and friends.

13Dec Yes Pope, a.k.a. Yes Minister

The Website IP5, or onepeterfive, carries an interesting article about an open letter written to Pope Francis by a "former member of the curia".
The letter originally appeared in the German-language magazine, FOCUS.
While clearly meant to be read as a criticism of Pope Francis it perhaps unintentionally gives a disturbing insight into much of the culture and mindset of the curia and how they see their position, power and status in the church.
Do all bureaucracies, in the spirit of "Yes Minister's" Sir Humphrey, eventually come to think that they are there to be served rather than serve, that all wisdom resides in them and none in the temporary ministers, or popes, who come and go and that all decisions should be left firmly in their control?
Pope Benedict's reasons for retiring become clearer every day.

[for international readers; "Yes Minister" was a BBC tv comedy. The chief civil servant, bureaucrat, Sir Humphrey was apt to reply 'Yes Minister' to every request of the Government Minister and then worked wholeheartedly at subverting every single plan and policy of the minister if it in any way infringed on the power and control of the civil service.}

13Dec Presider’s Page for 13 December (Advent 3 – Gaudete)

Traditionally, today is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for rejoicing.’ The reason for celebration is that the day of the Lord’s coming is nearer.

13Dec 13/12. 3rd Sunday of Advent

Like to post some homily-notes? See below.

1st Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18

Jerusalem rejoices because salvation is near and God himself will protect his people

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O …

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