30Apr Daniel Berrigan SJ: RIP 30 April 2016

Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, announced the death today of Fr. Daniel Berrigan SJ at the age of 94.

30Apr Priests who Marry; Defection or New Direction?

Brian Eyre, writing from Brazil, raises the issue of a chronic shortage of priests in many places and a possible short term solution by inviting back to public ministry those who were debarred from it because they no longer wished to live a celibate life.
Brian also asks why official Vatican documents still refer to priests who have married as 'defections'; "why use language like this that is mean, small-minded and very hurtful?'"
We can only join with Brian in querying the use of such uncharitable language. With such an attitude still prevalent in curial circles in Rome is it any wonder the 'Year of Mercy' has failed to find traction among people?

30Apr Pope Francis on priests and laity

Pádraig McCarthy points to the 19 March letter of Pope Francis to Cardinal Marc Ouellet of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
Francis has strong words on the importance of laity, and of the dangers of clericalism.

"It is not [for] the pastor to tell lay people what they must do and say, they know this better than we do.”

30Apr 30/04, 2016. Saturday, Week 5 of Easter

St Pius V, pope, optional memorial

1st Reading: Acts 16:1-10

Timothy, a half-Jew, joins Paul in the missionary work

Paul went on also to Derbe and to Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish … Read the rest