20Aug Bishop Edward Daly – An appreciation

Paddy O'Kane writes a personal appreciation of the late Edward Daly, bishop of Derry from 1974 to 1993. Paddy refers to Edward Daly's outspoken views on the topic on mandatory celibacy for priests. He quotes Edward Daly from his book ‘A Troubled See.’
“I ask myself, more and more why celibacy should be the great sacred and unyielding arbiter, the paradigm of the diocesan priesthood. Why not prayerfulness, conviction in the faith, knowledge of the faith, ability to communicate in the modern age, honesty, integrity, humility, a commitment to social justice, a work ethic, respect for others, compassion and caring?
Surely many of these qualities are as at least as important in a diocesan priest as celibacy – yet celibacy seems to be perceived as the predominant obligation …”

20Aug 20 August. Saturday, Week 20

Saint Bernard, memorial

1st Reading: Ezekiel 43:1-7

The prophet sees the glory of the Lord return to dwell in the Jerusalem temple which it had earlier abandoned

Then he brought me to the gate, the gate facing east. And there, … Read the rest

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