08Jul That sinning priest behind the altar!

Seamus Ahearne is not getting too worked up about recent comments made by An Taoiseach about priests, but does offer a whispered bit of advice.
"This is a great life. The life of priesthood. It is full of humour and fun and grace and beauty.  We are privileged. And it is delightful.  You can use us in any way you wish."

07Jul A cry from the depths

Chris McDonnell writes in the Catholic Times about the urgency of the cry from the depths about the future of our church.
"Current critics have rocked the complacency of many priests and laity who simply prefer not to think of failure within the church. They still occupy a Church of peace and tranquillity that is the stuff of false memory. That is why the urgency to change is not recognized. The first stimulus  to begin reform is a recognition that current circumstances cry out with the urgency of a wounded child."

23Jun Women and the Diaconate

We are indebted to Sharon Tighe-Mooney who has written this article for us about the very topical issue of women and the diaconate.
Sharon clearly outlines what has been the stumbling block for the hierarchy - "the fear that including women to any extent would lead to a call for admission to the priesthood", ... "Fear, which is signified by the prioritising of the preservation of the self, has been the dominant feature in the Vatican’s response, both to the exposure of its faults as well as to the challenges that are a normal part of the human evolutionary experience. That is why a perfectly reasonable proposition, to restore women to a formal ministry within their own church, has floundered."

21Jun How much corruption can we tolerate in the church before we leave?

This article was recently published on-line on the NCR website in the US. It is a response by Don Cozzens to a piece by James Carroll in the Atlantic journal. Our thanks to Don Cozzens for forwarding it to us.

"Carroll has named for me what continues to unsettle my soul — the superior status and lofty identity the church claims for its priests, cultivated and sustained by clerical celibacy and the withholding of meaningful leadership roles from the laity, especially women."

19Jun Out of the Depths, I Cry to You, O Lord (psalm 129)

Seamus Ahearne says of “Dancing to my death” by Daniel O’ Leary that "His honesty;  taunts, teases and torments us.   The final canvas from this artist, is a challenge to all of us in every aspect of ministry."
..... "remind us of the delicacy and gentleness that is needed, as we meet with sickness, dying, funerals, bereavement and absences.   We have to be ever so careful with our Rituals and with our Religious demands."

13Jun The Vatican’s New Document on Gender: Is There Hope?

Colm Holmes, spokesperson for We Are Church Ireland, draws our attention to an article on www.newwaysministry.org by Deacon Ray Dever from Florida. Deacon Dever attended the World Meeting of Families in Dublin last year. He assisted at the Papal mass. He is the father of a Transgender daughter and a Bisexual daughter.
In this New Ways Ministry article he asks "Is there Hope?" about the Vatican's new document on Gender.

10Jun The mis-use of the retired bishop of Rome, Benedict

Brendan Hoban writing in the Western People highlights how some people opposed to the reforms of Pope Francis are misusing the retired Benedict in an attempt to further their cause. "At first it was mainly a few cardinals and higher churchmen whom Francis had removed from their positions (mainly those who opposed his Vatican reforms); then it was others who imagined they warranted promotion but their prospects in the new dispensation were no longer promising; and there was the hard-right of Catholicism who imagine that anyone who disagrees with them (even a Pope) is wrong."

10Jun Peter’s Wife

Brian Eyre considers the recent comments of Cardinal Kasper about married priests in the light of his own life experiences and in the light of the fact that St Peter was a married man.

We welcome Brian home to Ireland and Tralee after many years in Brazil.

08Jun A Wrong Screaming to be Righted

Tony Flannery reflects on his position in light of proposed changes to the 'curia'.
Sadly the injustice inflicted on him and others still screams out to be righted. Can the courage and humility needed to correct this miscarriage of 'church justice' be found by those responsible?

03Jun What did you learn today?

Chris McDonnell wrote recently in the Catholic Times about education and the central roles of the teacher and the school.
In light of the rapidly changing relationship between church and the education system in our country it is very relevant to question what makes a good school and good teacher and realise the role they can play; "The stress of modern family life inevitably follows them (pupils) to school, although for a few hours, the school and an understanding teacher, can become a still point in a turning, turbulent world" ...... "The teacher is the one who walks beside you on the Emmaus Road."




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