24Dec Emmanuel, Christmas 2016

A peaceful Christmas to all

24Dec 24 December. Saturday in Week 4 of Advent (morning)

For the Vigil (evening) Mass, Christmas Eve, click here

1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, etc

David is promised a “house” or dynasty

When the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his …

23Dec We are Church – Curia Reform

Statement by 'We are Church, Ireland' in response to Pope Francis' address to the curia.

23Dec 23 December. Friday in Week 4 of Advent

Saint John of Kanty, priest

1st Reading. Malakiah 3:1-4, 4,4-6

God’s messenger will cause a conversion of hearts, before the great day of the Lord

The Lord says this,
“See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before …

22Dec Message from Tony Flannery to Pope Francis

When An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, visited Pope Francis recently he agreed to take a message from Tony Flannery to the Pope.

22Dec Doctrinal Authority in the Francis Era

Richard R. Gaillardetz writes in commonweal magazine about the issue of doctrinal authority and Pope Francis.
"Pope Francis is refashioning the exercise of doctrinal teaching authority in the church. There should be no question of the pope’s fidelity to church teaching; by any account Francis must be considered a doctrinal conservative. Many Catholics, on the left and the right, by thinking of the magisterium in a largely juridical key, focus far too much on the pope’s authority to officially pronounce on doctrinal matters".

22Dec Reform of the curia and resistance to it

Gerard O'Connell in Americamagazine reports on the address of Pope Francis to the curia.

22Dec 22 December. Thursday in Week 4 of Advent

First Reading: 1 Samuel 1:24-28

Samuel’s mother, Hannah, dedicates her young son to a life of service to God

When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and …

21Dec 21 December. Wednesday in Week 4 of Advent

Saint Peter Canisius

1st Reading. Song of Songs 2:8-14

Lyrical love from the Song of Songs, about the arrival of the beloved

The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My beloved …

20Dec Eucharistic starvation and the need for priests

Brian Eyre, writing in the context of a recent hospital visit, says that it's time the needs of the people to have access to the Eucharist were put before other considerations. He quotes Bishop Emeritus William McManus from 1989 when he said to the US conference of bishops “Are we prepared to make a value judgement that it is better to have priestless Sundays than to ordain married men or women?”

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