The editor of praytell blog writes about the forthcoming publication of the new Italian Missal.
“In September, 2017 Pope Francis issued Magnum principium, which called for translations which are both faithful to Latin and respectful of the characteristics of the receptor language……
More significantly, Pope Francis restored authority over translations to bishops’ conferences, as the Second Vatican Council had decreed, and rolled back the creeping centralism of previous decades at odds with the Council’s decisions.”
It seems the Italian bishops have taken their responsibility to heart and acted accordingly. We struggle on …..
Seamus Ahearne casts his eye over recent happenings and imagines how the late Grumpy Cat might view matters. But despite his grumpy outlook there is always redemption. “Have a real sense of history and never make this moment and how I feel, too important. Celebrate the Liturgy of life without the pompous solemnity which kills the very soul of faith. Faith and God has to be celebrated with imagination and creativity. No stodginess. No boredom. No head only nonsense. The heart and body and the very soul has to be stirred. Explore beauty. Forget all the nonsense of passing fashion and fads. Don’t get stuck in mud of negativity”
The Ascension of Jesus will be celebrated next Sunday. As the Easter Season moves towards its second climax at Pentecost, we take heed of the Lord’s final words to his disciples, and look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Church.
Notice from We are Church Ireland about two upcoming lectures and their AGM
The National Catholic Reporter carries an article about women deacons by Phyllis Zagano that might test, and expand, your knowledge on the subject.
It is a serious issue for our church and needs informed discussion rather than polemical soundbites.
We gather to praise God who raised his son Jesus from the dead. We celebrate this victory over sin and death, and pray for enthusiasm as we try to pass on the Good News.
Brendan Hoban, writing in the Western People, comments on the recent decision of Pope Francis not to make a decision about women deacons. “It’s a decision that the Church seems intent on avoiding,” ….
“The key question Francis faces is not whether the Church can afford to ordain women deacons but whether we can afford not to do it.”
A human and honest response to the news of a cancer diagnosis, Dancing to my Death is Daniel O’Leary’s final book.
On the fourth Sunday of Easter each year, we honour the Risen Lord as our Good Shepherd. Today is the day of prayer for vocations to priesthood and religious life: we pray that God will give the Church men and women formed in the image of the Good Shepherd, who will be the priests and religious of the future.
ACP expresses disappointment over Pope Francis’ comments on women deacons.
Chris McDonnell writes in this week’s Catholic Times of how even a single voice can disturb “our comfort zone and there is an unease, almost guilt in consequence. The social disruption created by the preaching of the Nazarene was equally unsettling. ‘Listen, you who have ears to hear’. It was true when the Lord spoke those words and is still true now.”
Seamus Ahearne casts his eyes about on recent happenings.
“May all of us catch the light and begin our song. May the chorus of life – dawn on us daily. Let’s sing our song.”
Pope Francis has issued new norms for the universal church outlining how allegations of abuse have to be dealt with.
It has received extensive coverage in Vatican News.
Michael Sean Winters also writes in the National Catholic Reporter of the latest directive of Pope Francis that “establishes new laws for the universal church regarding both the scourge of abuse and the equally abhorrent covering up of such abuse.”
“If you are ordained, or belong to a religious order, you are now a mandatory reporter of abuse. You can’t ignore it.”
Various news outlets are carrying reports about Pope Francis’ comments on women’s diaconate in his airborne press conference while returning from a trip to Bulgaria and North Macedonia. We carry snippets from America Magazine and Vatican News.
“The pope did not tell reporters what steps, if any, would come next on the subject of a women’s diaconate.”
Enda Lyons, a priest of Tuam diocese for over 60 years, died last Thursday.
Brendan Hoban and others paid tribute to him on the weekly Faith Alive programme on Mid West Radio on Sunday. We carry Brendan’s words and a link to the full programme.
We’re two weeks into the Easter season now, but the Good News of the season continues to reverberate in the Liturgy. Joyfully we worship God who raised our Saviour from the dead.
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