08Dec The New Missal; “Appalling Texts”

There is an interesting letter in this week’s The Tablet from the retired bishop of Portsmouth, Crispian Hollis.
It confirms the worst suspicions about the lack of attention that was paid by bishops when the ‘new missal’ was being foisted on us.

07Dec Bishops press release on the Translation of Liturgical Texts

In a press release (06 December 2017) the Irish bishops welcomed the letter of Pope Francis 'The Great Principle" (03 September 2017) which gave responsibility and authority to local conferences of bishops over the translation of liturgical texts.

06Dec Irish Catholic Church – Crisis or Opportunity?

 Joe McVeigh suggests that we need to view the position in which our church finds itself as an opportunity rather than a crisis.
"this is not a crisis for the Church. It is a crisis for a certain model of Church leadership and ministry. The old model was based on the pyramid structure of the Roman Empire.  The Second Vatican council moved away from that model - in theory anyway." ......
"The prophetic role of the priest in Ireland today has been neglected. There has been much discussion about the need to reform the church rather than about how to make the Word of God relate to the lives of people of today."

04Dec AGM still in the News

Our AGM is still attracting interest with Sarah MacDonald writing in the National Catholic Reporter about the 'advice card' for priests that has been published by the ACP and the introduction of "Healing Circles".

02Dec No foot in the Slamming Door

Chris McDonnell writes in the Catholic Times about the decision of the bishops conference of England and Wales not to address ongoing problems with the language of the 'new missal'.

29Nov Annual LGBT Christmas Carol Service

Annual LGBT Christmas Carol Service
09 December, 8.00 p.m.
Unitarian Church, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin.

28Nov Problems posting comments now resolved

Problems posting comments are now resolved.

27Nov The Widow’s Mite

Brian Fahy's reflection on 'The Widow's Mite' reminds us "to give what I have, however little it seems. It will be the more in God’s eyes."
.... "This is a Christian truth. Every human being, every life is important: important to oneself first of all, important to God most of all, and important for all of us to learn."

24Nov Healing Circle

The ACP has organised its initial Healing Circle for members and non-members.

Date:    Tuesday 28 Nov 2017
Time:    2.00-5.00pm
Venue:  Ovens Parish Centre, Co Cork (near Ballincollig)

23Nov A ‘Great Principle’ betrayed and belittled?

We carry reports of the bishops' conference in the U.S. approving liturgical texts according the the no longer approved ‘Liturgiam authenticam’ and the bishops' conference of England & Wales refusing to review the 'new missal' and seeming to again surrender their authority in such matters to the Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments and Divine Worship.
In the context of these reports Mattie Long wonders "With the New Zealand conference of bishops being the only one so far that seems willing to grasp the nettle of beginning to do something to rectify the absolute mess that is the ‘new Missal’, we can only wonder what is preventing others from taking their courage in their hands and responding to the authority and challenge that is presented them in the’ “Great Principle” of Francis."




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