10Apr Six Years Later, anyone willing to right a wrong?

After six years of suspension from public ministry, without even the semblance of due process, Tony Flannery writes that "the memories of that time come back clearly, and I know that there is still a residue of hurt, regret and sadness." ....
"I do actually believe that my Redemptorist superiors, or indeed the Irish bishops, if they really wanted to, could do something in this present very different climate in the Church, to get the sanctions against me lifted, and to restore my good name.
My biggest complaint from the beginning was the unjust and unlawful procedures that were used to judge and condemn me."

09Apr Rejoice and Be Glad; On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.

Pope Francis has issued his apostolic exhortation "Rejoice and Be Glad; On the Call to Holiness in Today's World."
It includes a little advice about how misuse of technology can prevent holiness.
"115. Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication. Even in Catholic media, limits can be overstepped, defamation and slander can become commonplace, and all ethical standards and respect for the good name of others can be abandoned. The result is a dangerous dichotomy, since things can be said there that would be unacceptable in public discourse, and people look to compensate for their own discontent by lashing out at others. It is striking that at times, in claiming to uphold the other commandments, they completely ignore the eighth, which forbids bearing false witness or lying, and ruthlessly vilify others. Here we see how the unguarded tongue, set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze (cf. Jas 3:6)."

13Mar Benedict XVI defends Pope Francis on fifth anniversary of his election

america magazine carries a short article about retired Pope Benedict affirming that “there is an internal continuity between the two pontificates.”

10Mar Five Years of Pope Francis: Hope has been Raised, Dramatic Action Awaited 

Joint Press Release by 'We Are Church International" & 'European Network Church on the Move' marking Five Years of Pope Francis. 

09Mar Mary McAleese to Pope Francis -‘develop a credible strategy for the inclusion of women as equals’

A report on the Voices of Faith International Women’s Day Conference from the National Catholic Reporter and the text of the talk given by former President Mary McAleese.
"Today, we challenge Pope Francis to develop a credible strategy for the inclusion of women as equals throughout the church's root and branch infrastructure, including its decision-making."
Mary McAleese

30Jan A House Divided

Brendan Hoban writing in his Western People column comments on the ongoing opposition to the task of reforming the Roman Curia. He says there is "huge division between those who want reform in the Church and those who are attempting to block it."

01Nov Vatican II; the ‘sure compass’ of Pope Francis

Richard R. Gaillardetz writing in the National Catholic Reporter maintains that Pope Francis' correcting Cardinal Sarah's misrepresentation of 'Magnum Principium' is but "another concrete confirmation of the pope's single-minded intention to realize the council's reformist agenda. He may be the first post-conciliar pope not to have played a role at Vatican II, but no pope has more comprehensively summoned forth the council's comprehensive call for reform and renewal."

28Oct Silence implies Consent – We must Speak Up! 

We Are Church International (WACI) is inviting us to join in supporting Pope Francis.

26Oct ACTA Conference, (the Catholic Church Reform Movement of England and Wales)

Tony Flannery reports on the conference in Birmingham organized by ACTA, the Catholic Church Reform Movement of England and Wales.
The main theme was to reflect on the future of parishes in the context of the rapid decline in numbers of priests available for ministry. 

22Oct Pope Francis Corrects Cardinal Sarah on Translation

Paddy Ferry offered the following as comments concerning the latest attempt by Cardinal Sarah to undo reforms to the liturgy and his challenge to the recent decision by Pope Francis granting authority to local conferences of bishops over the translation of liturgical texts.

These comments are carried here as a separate item due to the importance of the issue but also to highlight the opposition Pope Francis faces as he tries to decentralise decision making processes from departments in Rome. 
Also attached is commentary by Fr. Anthony Ruff from his praytellblog.com




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