06Aug Enemies at the Gate

Brendan Hoban, in a recent Western People column, cast an eye over the opposition to Pope Francis. "When Benedict was pope, cardinals were falling over themselves hanging on to his every word, delivering reprimands to those who questioned papal tactics and giving sermonettes on loyalty and obedience to the pope. Now with a pope singing from a different hymn-sheet, for some of his cardinals loyalty and obedience seem to be less important."

05Aug Audio – Paul Collins’ Zoom Presentation “What can the Irish Church learn from Australia”

Audio - Paul Collins' Zoom Presentation "What can the Irish Church learn from Australia"

04Aug The Holy Trinity

Seamus Ahearne comments on three recent losses. On John Hume he says; "John was outstanding in our history. He spoke a different language.  He never gave up.  He talked and talked. He sang. He persisted. He wasn’t limited by a narrow view of history or confined/reduced by political blinkers. He only saw people.  The Unity of people mattered. The future mattered. Living together mattered.  Religion could not be a divider. ..... John Hume is a hero. He is an inspiration.  So all leadership has to be about communication and not dictat."

01Aug Presider’s Pages for Summer 2020 published

To facilitate those taking holidays, the presider's pages for the rest of the summer season have now been published.

30Jul Statues Beware

Seamus Ahearne is moved by a speech in the U.S. House of Representative by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York to ask "If we as Church, listened to her words, might we find much of her address applicable to ourselves? How women are treated? How they are excluded for spurious theological reasons.  How even the language of our Liturgy insults them; disrespects them; belittles them."

29Jul Can the Irish Church learn from Australia – Zoom Meeting

You are invited by the Association of Catholic Priests to take part in a Zoom meeting on Thursday 30 July at 12 noon with church commentator Paul Collins from Australia.

26Jul A New Lectionary for Scotland – ‘Another fine mess’ ?

The Scottish bishops have approved the use of the Catholic Edition of the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible, published in 2018, as the base text for the new translation of the Lectionary for Scotland.
This version is known for its more 'literal' translation and lack of inclusive language.
The Irish bishops have yet to announce a decision about a new lectionary for Ireland. Can we have any hope we will avoid another fiasco like the 2011 Missal?

25Jul Vatican is living in a Patriarchal Bubble

Press Release - We Are Church

23Jul The World of Wonder

"We have to learn to be missionaries. To find eyes and ears and heart to catch the speaking- God in a new way. "

22Jul Interview with Tom O’Loughlin on Eating Together, Becoming One

Tom O’Loughlin discusses his book Eating Together, Becoming One (Liturgical Press Academic, 2019) in this interview.




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