Today's Homily Resource

09 December 2017. Saturday of Advent, Week 1

Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlotoatzin (opt. mem.)

1st Reading. Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26

The coming days of enlightenment, when the people turn aside from idolatry

Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more.
He will surely be …

22Nov The War against Francis

The War against Francis

November 22nd, 2017

Brendan Hoban, in his Western People column, writes about tensions that exist in church.
"While the big battle – and battle it is – is going on in Rome, there are more minor skirmishes taking place at national, diocesan and parish level, between those convinced of the need to introduce sweeping changes in the Church’s laws and practices and those holding on grimly to the past."
"It is difficult to see how there can be any agreement between sides that are mutually and diametrically opposed to one another – sometimes to the point of bitterness – and every reforming effort by Francis is being fought tooth and nail, even reforms that are necessary for the very survival of the faith in parishes all over the world."

20Nov Ronan Drury

Ronan Drury

November 20th, 2017

Pádraig McCarthy pays tribute to the late Ronan Drury


Ronan Drury, editor of The Furrow since 1977, died on 16 November 2017, at the age of 93. His funeral Mass took place on Monday 20 November in the College …

20Nov Audio CD of the recent Annual General Meeting of ACP

Audio CD of the recent Annual General Meeting of ACP

November 20th, 2017

A copy of an audio cd of our AGM is available from Eist Audio Productions by contacting Eist on 087 2789 390 or by emailing

19Nov The Grace of Change

The Grace of Change

November 19th, 2017

Gabriel Daly, on his ninetieth birthday, looks back at tumultuous change in the church.
Our best wishes to Gabriel on his birthday and our thanks for his permission to publish this article.
Thanks as well to Brendan Walsh, Editor of the Tablet, for permission to include this article on our site. It was first published in the 18 November edition of The Tablet.

16Nov The Church in Dublin: where will it be in ten years?

The Church in Dublin: where will it be in ten years?

November 16th, 2017

Dublin Diocese's website has published the speaking notes of Archbishop Diarmaid Martin's talk at the Patrick Finn Lecture Series given at Saint Mary’s Haddington Road, 16th November 2017.
Archbishop Martin made some very interesting points:
" ..... will involve new forms of priestly presence within faith communities in the changing future of Ireland."
"How do we reach out in a new way to people where they are and create a desire among them to deepen their understanding of Christian message?"
"What are the factors that alienate people from the Church structures of today?  Probably the most significant negative factor that influences attitudes to the Church in today’s Ireland is the place of women in the Church.  Next would be the ongoing effect of the scandals of child sexual abuse."
"A survey of young people’s attitude to parish was carried out in the Dublin diocese .... The report was one of the most disappointing documents that I read since becoming Archbishop.  Young people felt unwelcome in parishes."
"But the fate of the Christian is more likely to be that of marginalization rather than martyrdom."
"Why am I still optimistic?  Irish society is still permeated with elements of faith.  Residual faith, however, is probably more fragile in an indifferent world than in a world of hostility.   There are deeper elements of goodness and idealism and generosity among young people but despite years of Catholic education, they do not seem to have been truly touched by the knowledge of the person of Jesus Christ."

15Nov What happened to Seán?

What happened to Seán?

November 15th, 2017

The first Seán Fagan Memorial lecture was delivered by Angela Hanley on 13 November 2017 at the We are Church meeting in the Arrupe Room, Jesuit Communications Centre, Milltown.
We thank Angela Hanley for making the text of her paper available to us for publication.

13Nov Life and Death Struggle of the Australian Catholic Church

Life and Death Struggle of the Australian Catholic Church

November 13th, 2017

Peter Johnstone is President of Catholics for Renewal, an organisation with many supporters who are committed Catholics determined to seek reform of the dysfunctional governance of the Catholic Church institution.
He wrote on about the Australian Church in the context of the wait for the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He stated that "Only those in blind denial could fail to realise that the Catholic Church in Australia is now in the midst of a massive and existential crisis."

13Nov AGM Local Radio Coverage

AGM Local Radio Coverage

November 13th, 2017

Attached is a link to an audio file of coverage of our AGM. The original was broadcast on Mid West Radio on their 'Faith Alive' last Sunday.

12Nov Impressions of the AGM

Impressions of the AGM

November 12th, 2017

Seamus Ahearne attended our AGM this year as a member rather than as one of the leadership team. He shares his impressions of the annual meeting with us.

12Nov Annual General Meeting 2017

Annual General Meeting 2017

November 12th, 2017

Report of the 2017 AGM of the Association of Catholic Priests

A copy of an audio cd of our AGM is available from Eist Audio Productions by contacting Eist on 087 2789 390 or by emailing

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