01Feb Removing Planks

John Shea addresses an open and challenging letter to Cardinal Maradiaga, and to the other members of the Council of Cardinals, asking they consider again attitudes towards women in the church.
John Shea is an Augustinian theologian in Boston,

01Feb A Second Chance for some Endangered Species

Sean McDonagh keeps the teaching and insights of 'Laudato Si' before us.
"The destruction of biodiversity is a disaster for planet earth. Scientists now estimate that 100,000 species become extinct each year through deforestation, poaching and pollution. The current rate of extinction is estimated to be 1000 times what it would be in the absence of human intervention."
But all is not bad news. Sean writes that "Amid all the gloom, there is a flicker of hope through targeted breeding programmes."

01Feb The Church: Always in Need of Reform – Book Review

Paul Graham OSA reviews Gabriel Daly's, "The Church: Always in Need of Reform".
He says of it 'I expected to find an intellectual outlook that had become passé, full of the thoughts of an old man unable to accept that the theological frontline has moved on. Quite the contrary, in fact. This book is a distillation of the best of liberal Catholic thought, expressed clearly and with conviction.'

01Feb 1st Feb. St Brigid of Kildare

Special readings for St Brigid, secondary patron of Ireland

1st Reading: Job 31:16-20; 24-25; 31-32

Job’s generosity towards the needy is reflected in St Brigid’s works of charity

I have never withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused … Read the rest

01Feb Mass Readings for February 2016

February 2016

1st February. St Brigid of Kildare

2nd February. The Presentation of Our Lord

3rd February. Wednesday of Week 4

4th February. Thursday of Week 4

5th February. Friday of Week 4

6th February. Saturday of Week 4

7th Read the rest

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