17Jul Rome, we’ve got a problem

Brendan Hoban, writing in the Western People, says that while it's good that there is now some recognition of the huge crisis facing the Irish church due to a lack of priests it is past time to take action.
."Regularly now, in what used to be a listing of priests’ changes in June, we have a listing of parishes who no longer will have a resident priest but will be serviced by a priest in an adjoining parish. Unless something practical is done, that will keep happening until there’s only one priest left with a helicopter trying to cover funerals, weddings and baptisms over several parishes leaving most churches in a diocese without Mass, Sunday or weekday."

17Jul 17th July. Monday in Week 15

1st Reading: Exodus 1:8-14, 22

A new Pharaoh enslaves the Israelites and threatens them with extinction.

Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous … Read the rest