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

11Aug Association of Catholic Priests Statement on the Permanent Diaconate

Association of Catholic Priests Statement on the Permanent Diaconate

Statement by Fr. Roy Donovan -"Deaconesses for Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly!"

Updated with link to interview with Roy Donovan on RTE Radio 1

10Jul Another side of Pope Francis

Brendan Hoban writes in his column in the Western People about the decisive actions of Pope Francis in facing down disobedience amongst some Cardinals.
Also included are links to;
La Croix International   Cardinal Müller’s self-delusion and sense of entitlement
and
www.tonyflannery.com         Muller complains of lack of due process in his sacking!!!!!!

01Jul New Prefect at CDF

America Magazine reports that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, a Spanish Jesuit, as the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and successor to Cardinal Gerhard Müller

28Mar The ongoing missal problem – light at the end of the tunnel?

We carry two interesting articles about the proposed review of ‘Liturgiam Authenticam’, the Vatican's official guide for liturgical translations.

“The New Zealand bishops are delighted with the news that Pope Francis is arranging for a review of the 2001 document Liturgiam Authenticam."

"Why haven’t the American bishops or the other English-speaking conferences joined the New Zealanders in welcoming the review? Have they so bought into Liturgiam authenticam that they now oppose Pope Francis’s plan to review and revise it?"

We could well ask what do our Irish bishops think about this issue?




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