18Jan ‘Women served as deacons for a millennium’

America magazine carries an article on comments by two of the people who have served on the Vatican’s commission to research women deacons in the early church.

15Jan And the walls came tumbling down…

Chris McDonnell, writing in the Catholic Times, and thinking of different walls through history reminds us that "The simple yet profound injunction of Jesus that we should ‘love God and our neighbor as ourselves’, is too easily forgotten." We should he says "Pause awhile and tear down those walls."

14Jan Marie Collins calls for a policy of zero tolerance and full transparency on clerical sex abuse and universal safeguarding of children throughout the Catholic Church.

Ahead of the Abuse Summit in Rome in February with Pope Francis and the Heads of Bishops Conferences Marie Collins, speaking at the WAC Ireland meeting held on 14 January 2019, called on Pope Francis to seek agreement for a policy of zero tolerance and full transparency on clerical sex abuse and universal safeguarding of children throughout the Catholic Church.

13Jan Make Love Not War: 1966

Reading an article about Charles Davis sets Seamus Ahearne reminiscing about the days after Vatican II when “..we were let loose. We were ready for anything. We were armed with hope. The spirit of the Council was our Mission Statement.”
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"The questions that Charles asked, are still demanding answers. We can never escape the challenge.  Faith is always seeking understanding.  Ministry will always be demanding prophetic action."

12Jan Is the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report misleading?

Peter Steinfels, a former religion reporter and columnist for the New York Times and a former editor in chief of Commonweal, has analyzed the more than 1,000 pages of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and he believes the public has been misled.

10Jan Lay catholics should nominate new bishops

We Are Church Ireland call for Irish Lay Catholics to nominate new Bishops. 

07Jan The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis: A Synodal Catholic Church in Ireland? A Talk by Gerry O Hanlon

Fr Gerry O’Hanlon S.J. will give a talk on his recent book, 
The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis: A Synodal Catholic Church in Ireland? 
in the Ó Fiaich Library, Moy Road, Armagh,‪ on Saturday, 19 January 2019, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

04Jan Cardinal urges change of celibacy rule

The National Catholic Reporter carries a story of Cardinal Reinhard Marx's call for a change of the requirement of celibacy for priests as the German bishops' conference prepares for a workshop debate to "review" the issue.
"Marx said the church must, "in light of the failure" surrounding the clergy sex abuse crisis, modify tradition in response to changing modern times."

04Jan Letter from Pope Francis to U.S.A. bishops

Letter from Pope Francis to U.S.A. bishops who are on retreat to pray about the issue of clerical abuse in the Church.

02Jan How to tackle the clerical abuse scandal.

Marie Collins speaks on how Pope Francis and the heads of Bishops’ conferences might tackle the clerical abuse scandal.
7.30 pm Monday 14 January 2019
Mercy Centre International, 64A Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2




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