22Feb Posting Comments on ACP Website

Following deliberations it has been decided to introduce some changes with how comments are posted on the ACP website.

19Feb Bishop Resigns – Pope Francis backs down in dispute with Nigerian priests

Joshua J. McElwee reports in the National Catholic Reporter on the long running dispute in the Nigerian diocese of Ahiara.
"The priests had complained that Bishop Peter Okpaleke was not from Mbaise, the region surrounding their diocese.."

17Feb A time of waiting

Chris McDonnell writing in the Catholic Times offers some thoughts on how to make the best of Lent.
He suggests "So how about a 'Listening Lent' this year? " Chris offers what could be very useful advice for us all when it comes to social media! "In our western culture, listening is an acquired skill. We have lost the experience of quiet time, silence, that space between words, the opportunity to consider what we hear before we rush into making a response, is scarce."

11Feb Is the World Meeting of Families discredited?

Writing in his blog tonyflannery.com, Tony Flannery questions why changes were made in some of the literature circulated by the organisers of the world meeting of families. He suggests that "the message that is being taken from withdrawal of the (original) leaflet is that only marriage relationships that are in complete accord with Church teaching are welcome at the event."

09Feb World Meeting of Families – Let’s be real.

Faced with the 'lucky bag' of glossy advertising material about the world meeting of families regularly reaching most parochial houses, Seamus Ahearne pens a few thoughts, and hopes, about this upcoming event.
"We need the messed up, chaotic struggle of most ordinary and real families to be centre stage. We have to reflect the life of the family in Ireland and not some idealised version."
"I don’t dismiss or undermine anything of the mighty work being done in preparation. I am concerned that it can reflect something of what we see daily."

07Feb Speaking from Eternity – “I will be love, and then I will be all things.”

Joe O Leary offers these thoughts for next Sunday, World Day of the Sick. (Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes)
"Lourdes shows a loving, healing God bending over the mass of human filth and misery, like Christ at the pool of Bethdaida, or like Christ in today’s Gospel compassionately touching the unclean leper." .......
"So many people are locked in spiritual and psychological paralysis — and the physical paralysis that he cures could be a result of that spiritual paralysis; so many people are impoverished and marginalized and treated as lepers in our society; so many people are possessed or obsessed by demons of various kinds — by prejudice, hatred, fear, greed, enslaving attachments and addictions. The healing activity of Jesus is a blow to liberate us from all these forms of bondage."

03Feb The Feast of Rabbie Burns – An opportunity to have a go at everyone!

Seamus Ahearne casts his eye over some recent events and wonders at the chaos and if the world has gone mad; he wonders if there is 'an absence of proportionality' about grieving over public figures. At the funeral of a friend he is struck by his family's 'utter conviction of faith in all that they did'.

30Jan A House Divided

Brendan Hoban writing in his Western People column comments on the ongoing opposition to the task of reforming the Roman Curia. He says there is "huge division between those who want reform in the Church and those who are attempting to block it."

26Jan Let Laity Lead Parishes

Peter Feuerherd reports in the National Catholic Reporter on a resolution endorsed by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, calling upon Catholic bishops in the United States to enlist the aid of lay pastoral workers to administer parishes.

20Jan Bishop Barros controversy in Chile

In a comment on another thread Iggy O Donovan asks
“Can anybody shed light on the reported comments of Francis in Chile regarding Bishop Barros Madrid. It appears to have offended abuse survivors and if true would definitely cast a negative cloud over his papacy. Also from the point of view of his Irish visit it would make itself felt and not in a positive way.”
To provide some information on this subject we carry a report from americamagazine and a statement issued by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston.

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