31Aug A Very Catholic Coup?

The issuing of his 11 page letter by former nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano raises many questions; as many about his own motives as about what he alleges.
Two articles, one in the National Catholic Reporter and the other in The Washington Post attempt to fill in the background to the issuing of the letter and the influence that conservative catholic media organisations played.

The Washington Post article says "news this week that Catholic journalists were involved in editing and distributing a Vatican diplomat’s explosive and largely unverified letter calling for the pope’s resignation reveals an influential and tightly knit conservative Catholic digital media network that’s been particularly active during the tenure of its nemesis, Pope Francis."
The article offers two ways to view these journalists;
quoting a 'conservative lay leader' who says "“This whole episode seems like total Fake News ... The allegations of sexual abuse coverup “have to be investigated, wherever they lead. But the way this came out, it really struck me: ‘They’re really out to get Francis.’ ”
and from 'one commentator in the conservative Catholic media sphere';
"They’re not trying to be objective,” the person said. “They are trying to evangelize; they’re trying to spread the good news, spread the message as they understand it. They are activists.”

Cui bono? Who benefits?

31Aug 31 August. Friday, Week 21

31 August. Friday, Week 21

30Aug A Pastor for his People – Raymond Hunthausen

Chris McDonnell  wrote recently in the Catholic Times,  August 24th  2018, about the the late Raymond Hunthausen, retired Archbishop of Seattle.
"At a time when a number of those to whom the Church has given responsibility of leadership  have fallen short of expectations, it is worth while pausing a moment and reflecting on the life of an outstanding man, who in spite of his being called to the Lord remains with us in example and deed. He was truly a man of the Beatitudes, who saw Christ in those about him and was himself Christ to those who were in need."

30Aug WMOF – Recordings of Talks

Éist Audio Productions, who have recorded some ACP events in the past, recorded the lectures  given at the World Meeting of Families in the RDS in Dublin.
They are available from Éist;  www.eist.ie

30Aug 30 August. Thursday, Week 21

1st Reading: 1 Corinthians (1:1-9)

Paul acknowledges the Corinthians’ gifts and prays for them

Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sos’thenes, To the church of God which is at … Read the rest

29Aug Left over thoughts!

Seamus Ahearne jots down some thoughts on recent WMOF and associated Papal visit events and wonders how St. Augustine might have responded!
"If the energy put into staging this event could be tapped for the ordinary life of God among us we would really do damage with the graciousness of our Godliness.   It is still a wonderful world.  Our God reigns! "

29Aug Lighting up the Darkness – The Week that Was

Jo O'Sullivan writes of her experience of the WMOF and the Papal Visit; "deep in our souls the pain of centuries of oppression is still there. And now our pain has been inflicted by the very source that comforted our forebears through their agonies. Is it any wonder so many of us can’t move beyond that sense of betrayal?"
Francis "keeps asking us to pray for him. I do. And I also pray for us. We need and deserve an Institutional church which reflects real Christianity – that church which rallied around the homeless who gathered at the GPO on Sunday night."

29Aug 29 August. The Passion of St John the Baptist

1st Reading: Jeremiah (1:17-19)

Like Jeremiah, we must speak out against domineering rulers

But as for you, gird up your loins; stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not break down before them, or I will … Read the rest

28Aug 28 August. Tuesday, Week 21

1st Reading: 2 Thessalonians (2:1-3, 14-17)

Do not be unduly excited about the second coming of the Lord

As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, … Read the rest

27Aug 27 August. Monday, Week 21

1st Reading: 2 Thessalonians (1:1-5, 11-12)

By their faith and love, the name of Jesus Christ is glorified

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you … Read the rest