30Sep Breaking open priesthood

A speech by Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, Sydney, gives food for thought about the future of priesthood in the church.
".... these vestiges of the Tridentine Model of priesthood are powerful symbols of the clerical class. It is part of the ecclesiology that emphasises the ontological change and separation of the ordained from the faithful. It is a powerful ingredient and ideal condition for the disease of clericalism to fester.
I hold that it is time for this exalted model of priesthood to be consigned to the past. Instead, we must rediscover the specific and full charism of the priesthood within the matrix of the universal priesthood of the faithful. The priesthood cannot be lived fully apart from the community of disciples."
"If we are to break open the priesthood and allow the ministries of the baptised to flourish, I think we will need to revisit the clerical and patriarchal culture along with its many institutional dynamics such as titles, privileges, customs, structures etc.".

30Sep Partners but never Rivals

Brian Eyre, writing from Brazil, outlines his vision of how priesthood may evolve in the (near) future.

30Sep 30 September. Saturday, Week 25

Saint Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church

1st Reading: Zechariah 2:1-4, 10-11 (NRSV)

Jerusalem will be a haven of peace for all nations

I looked up and saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. Then I … Read the rest

29Sep The Trauma of being Falsely Accused

Download Tim Hazelwood's interview with Joe Duffy on Liveline.

29Sep 29 September. Archangels Michael, Gabriel, 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

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28Sep 28 September. Thursday, Week 25

St Wenceslaus; St Lawrence Ruiz

1st Reading: Haggai 1:1-8

The Jews are to go up to the hills and bring wood to build the temple

In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day … Read the rest

27Sep 27 September. Wednesday, Week 25

St Vincent de Paul, priest

1st Reading: Ezra 9:5-9

During the evening sacrifice, Ezra acknowledges God’s mercy

At the evening sacrifice I, Ezra, got up from my fasting, with my garments and my mantle torn, and fell on my knees, … Read the rest

26Sep Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: An Interpretive Review of the Literature and Public Inquiry Reports


The New York Times carries an interesting article about a study that examines child sexual abuse worldwide in the Roman Catholic Church that has found the Australian church has done less to safeguard children in its care than its counterparts in similar countries have.

The report, released on Wednesday by the Center for Global Research at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, also found that the church’s requirement that priests be celibate was a major risk factor for abuse.

26Sep 26 September. Tuesday, Week 25

Saints Cosmas and Damian, martyrs

1st Reading: Ezra 6:7-8, 12, 14-20

The Jews rebuild and rededicate their temple in Jerusalem

King Darius decreed: “Do not impede the work on this house of God; let the governor of the Jews and … Read the rest

25Sep 25 September. Monday, Week 25

Saint Finbarr, bishop

1st Reading: Ezra 1:1-6

Cyrus lets the Jews return home and bids others help them rebuild the temple

In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order that the word of the Lord by the … Read the rest