23May We are Church Ireland – upcoming events; Two Lectures and AGM

Notice from We are Church Ireland about two upcoming lectures and their AGM

22May Women Deacons 101: Final Exam

The National Catholic Reporter carries an article about women deacons by Phyllis Zagano that might test, and expand, your knowledge on the subject.
It is a serious issue for our church and needs informed discussion rather than polemical soundbites.

15May When the Sky Didn’t Fall In on the Catholic Church

Brendan Hoban, writing in the Western People, comments on the recent decision of Pope Francis not to make a decision about women deacons. "It’s a decision that the Church seems intent on avoiding," ....
"The key question Francis faces is not whether the Church can afford to ordain women deacons but whether we can afford not to do it."

14May Dancing to my Death – Daniel O’Leary’s final masterpiece reveals his dark night of the soul.

A human and honest response to the news of a cancer diagnosis, Dancing to my Death is Daniel O’Leary’s final book.

11May ACP Statement on Women Deacons

ACP expresses disappointment over Pope Francis' comments on women deacons.

11May A Voice Worth Listening To

Chris McDonnell writes in this week's Catholic Times of how even a single voice can disturb "our comfort zone and there is an unease, almost guilt in consequence. The social disruption created by the preaching of the Nazarene was equally unsettling. 'Listen, you who have ears to hear'. It was true when the Lord spoke those words and is still true now."

09May The Dawn Chorus

Seamus Ahearne casts his eyes about on recent happenings.
"May all of us catch the light and begin our song.    May the chorus of life – dawn on us daily.  Let’s sing our song."

09May ‘You are the light of the world” – norms for the universal church dealing with abuse and the cover up of abuse

Pope Francis has issued new norms for the universal church outlining how allegations of abuse have to be dealt with.
It has received extensive coverage in Vatican News.

Michael Sean Winters also writes in the National Catholic Reporter of the latest directive of Pope Francis that "establishes new laws for the universal church regarding both the scourge of abuse and the equally abhorrent covering up of such abuse."
"If you are ordained, or belong to a religious order, you are now a mandatory reporter of abuse. You can't ignore it."

08May Commission on Women Deacons: Joyful Variety or Plain Fudge?

Various news outlets are carrying reports about Pope Francis' comments on women's diaconate in his airborne press conference while returning from a trip to Bulgaria and North Macedonia. We carry snippets from America Magazine and Vatican News.
"The pope did not tell reporters what steps, if any, would come next on the subject of a women’s diaconate."

06May Enda Lyons, RIP, priest, prophet, teacher and theologian

Enda Lyons, a priest of Tuam diocese for over 60 years, died last Thursday.
Brendan Hoban and others paid tribute to him on the weekly Faith Alive programme on Mid West Radio on Sunday. We carry Brendan's words and a link to the full programme.

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