30Sep The (s)elect .0004% of church members

How bishops are appointed remains a very topical item of interest. That the system of choosing bishops remains problematic and a cause of concern cannot be ignored.
Robert Mickens, writing in the National Catholic Reporter, gives his observations on the process in the light of remarks made by Pope Francis to newly appointed bishops.
"‪Francis says he wants to promote a healthy decentralization of the church. And it is hard to think of anything that currently is more centralized that Rome's appointment of bishops around the world."
"‪If Francis is right and the holy people of God really do have a "scent" -- or God's "nose" -- for what is right and good in a bishop, then we must find a way to include them more fully in the selection process."

30Sep 30 September. Friday, Week 26

Saint Jerome, memorial

Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5

Only if Job is himself divine, with the knowledge of hidden things, can he challenge God.

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:

“Have you commanded the morning since your …

29Sep Laudato Si and the Path to COP 22

Seán McDonagh, SSC reports on a Joint Consultation on ‘Laudato Si’ and the Path to 'COP 22’ organised by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences.
He quotes Prof. Ramanathan Veerabhadran as saying "the effect of greenhouse gases on global warming is the most important environmental issue facing the world today."
"At the end of the meeting the group released this document in preparation for the COP 22 which will take place in Marraakesh from November 7 to 18th 2016.
“ The Paris Climate Agreement is historic. For the first time since the signing of the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), all countries have agreed to act in order to protect the planet. The core goals include: (1) keeping warming to “well below 2-degrees C” and “to pursue efforts to keep below 1.5-degree C”; (2) enabling countries to adapt to the adverse impacts already underway; and (3) ensuring the flow of fair and equitable financing to achieve the climate goals."

29Sep 29 September. Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Some angels are given proper names to denote their special service. Thus, Michael means “Who is like God”; Gabriel is “The Strength of God”; and Raphael is “God’s Remedy”

1st Reading: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

The vision of the Ancient One

28Sep Association of Catholics in Ireland – Events with Marco Politi

The Association of Catholics in Ireland is hosting two events featuring Marco Politi, well known author and commentator on Vatican affairs.
Marco will speak in the Chapel in Trinity College, Dublin, on Saturday 15 October 2016 at 4.00 pm.and in Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, on Monday 17 October 2016 at 7.45 pm.

28Sep The dangers of bishops being disconnected from society

We carry an extract from an exchange between Justice McClellan, Chief Commissioner Australian Royal Commission on Sex abuse of children, and retired Bishop of Parramatta, Bede Heather.
This exchange shows the dangers of bishops being disconnected from society and living at a remove from the lives of the people they minister to. Would they be elected by their community?

28Sep Association of Catholic Priests and the Papal Nuncio

Kevin Hegarty writing recently in the Mayo News about the refusal of the Papal Nuncio to meet the ACP touched on the Nuncio's role in 'creating' bishops and its implications for the future of church in Ireland.

28Sep 28 September. Wednesday, Week 26


1st Reading: Job 9:1-12, 14-16

God’s omnipotent control of the universe and his mysterious guidance of life

Then Job answered:
“Indeed I know that this is so
but how can a mortal be just before God?
If one wished …

27Sep The priests of Mexico, bleeding with their flock

Since 1990, 52 priests have been killed, according to a report by Mexico's Catholic Multimedia Centre.
Harry Farley writes in Christian Today about the recent murders of three priests in Mexico and quotes Roberto Blancharte, a scholar at the Colegio de Mexico, as saying that "there was a deep divide between the Church's hierarchy who tend to live in luxury and mix with corrupt politicians, and its clergy, who rub shoulders with the country's poorest"
Farley says 'The belief church leaders have cowed to pressure is widespread among parishes and the silence over murdered priests only fuels this perception. "When a priest gets killed, it should be a rallying cry," said David Shirk, director of the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego is quoted . "We should know his name. He should be a martyr."

27Sep 27 September. Tuesday, Week 26

Saint Vincent de Paul, memorial

1st Reading: Job 3:1-3

Job’s anguished lament at the misfortunes heaped upon him.

After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. He said:

“May the day of my birth …

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