31Jan “Stem parish closures and mergers”; Association of US Catholic Priests

The National Catholic Reporter has a story of how the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests is in the final development stages of issuing an urgent "plea" to the U.S. bishops to "formulate a plan now to meet this emerging crisis" of parish closings and consolidations.
In a working draft it calls a "Proposal for Pastoral Care In & Thru Priestless Parishes," the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests exhorts the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and "dioceses nationwide" to quickly address the issue.

31Jan The Quiet Revolution

Gerry O Hanlon SJ in an opinion piece in the Irish Times maintains that Pope Francis is quietly revolutionising the Church.
"It seems to me that what is going on here is that Francis is proposing a paradigm shift in our model of church that, in effect, reverses the status quo of the past millennium and returns, with appropriate adjustments for our age, to a first millennium model. This is huge, a ‘quiet revolution’, which, strategically, has the potential to unlock many concrete issues of contention within the Church."

Gerry maintains that this model of church needs to be adopted at a local level.

31Jan 31 January. Tuesday, Week 4

Saint John Bosco, priest

1st Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4

Around us a cloud of witnesses, and above all Jesus, to encourage us

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight … Read the rest