Year: 2018

U.K. Foreign Secretary announces global review into persecution of Christians

In an op-ed published in the Telegraph, Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary of the U.K. Government, explains why he has commissioned a review into the persecution of Christians.
“Whatever the cause, we must never allow a misguided political correctness to inhibit our response to the persecution of any religious community.”
Irish politicians please copy?

Happy Christmas

Wishing a very happy and peaceful Christmas to you and your family Nollaig Shona Dhuit Feliz Natal 楽しいクリスマスをお過ごしください Froehliche Weihnachten Joyeux Noël Feliz Navidad 愉快的圣诞节 Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

The Jesus Child​

Chris McDonnell writing in the Catholic Times tells how each year in his parish “we have included a Proclamation of the feast of Nativity, read by candlelight in a darkened church…….. So each year when the Nativity feast is marked, we do so in the context of what once happened and what happens now in our own days. We should realise the crucial role that each of us, however insignificant we might be, has to play; all of us are pilgrims on a journey.”

‘Clustering’, ‘Pastoral Units’ et al – A very well kicked can down a familiar road

Roy Donovan commenting, in an article in The Limerick Leader on the clustering of parishes in Limerick diocese into ‘pastoral units’, says “Every possibility should be put on the table. Limerick diocese is operating within the limits – they are doing the best they can within the limits. We would be saying the overall church, all over the world needs to go beyond those limits and needs to open up every possibility including married people and women priests,”.

Funerals of priests who are out of ministry

Tin Hazelwood writes on the sensitive topic of how the funerals of priests who died while ‘out of ministry’ should be conducted.
“While some regulation may be necessary, it needs to be considerably more nuanced than the present protocols……. Mindful as we are of the difficult situation of those who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests, we believe that in the interest of justice and mercy there are questions that need to be answered.”

Another Irish bishop calls for Synodality in the Church

William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, speaking to the priests of that diocese told them that in his recent teaching Pope Francis emphasises ‘that an effective Christian communion requires that we embrace the concept of Synodality in the everyday life of the Church.  It is both the concept and reality of journeying with people.  It is to trust in the “sensus fidei” ‘.
Bishop Crean also reminded his audience of the good done in the past by religious and priests but also stated ‘The long lens of hindsight enables us to identify the poor pastoral practice of many of our predecessors.  Though well-intentioned a narrow moralistic focus made for a distorted and dysfunctional spiritual vision/understanding of Christian living.  We live with both the riches and the baggage of our past.’

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