Month: November 2019

Advent leads to light…

Chris McDonnell, writing in the Catholic Times, offers a few thoughts about the season of Advent. “The story of that journey to Bethlehem is mirrored so often in our present day society. Stories of refugee families in transit, struggling to care for young children or newly born infants abound in News programmes. Those living on the streets of this country are a constant reminder of the poverty that exists in our own affluent society.”

Child abuse inquiry admits to ‘seriously erroneous statistic’ 

“Number of children who went through institutions investigated by Ryan Commission is about a quarter of 170,000 previously cited.”
In a statement on the commission website on Monday, Mr Justice Seán Ryan said “the commission’s report published in May 2009 contains a seriously erroneous statistic according to the general agreement of relevant experts and bodies. 

Priest stresses the need for adequate Mental Health Support by the State in the community

Fr. Michael Toomey of Clonmel has spoken out about the dire need for state resources to be properly deployed to help people with mental health problems. He spoke with Sean O’Rourke and Minister Jim Daly on RTE Radio 1. 
Sarah McDonald has also reported on this issue in the Irish Independent.

Fr Brian D’Arcy, myself and that Late, Late moment

In his Western People column Brendan Hoban reminisces about his ‘Late Late’ moment on the famous programme that saw Brian D’Arcy challenge Cardinal Cathal Daly.
“D’Arcy, of course, was right in what he said on that 1995 Late Late Show. I salute his courage in saying it, when so many said nothing, even though they knew he was right and knew too that it needed to be said. And we all know now that what has happened in the last 25 years validates what D’Arcy said on that night.”

When I Was Growing Up

Jo O Sullivan outlines the journey from ‘slumbering’ catholic to ‘revolting’ catholic, from agonising ‘over continuing to participate in shoring up the dysfunctional Institutional Church by continuing to give of my time and talent to the Church’ to the decision that ‘I could come back into the fold with all my heart and all my soul, provided I sought out every opportunity available to me to bring about change.’
‘I find that the passion that drives me these days is to open Catholic hearts and minds here locally into a welcoming acceptance of our LGBT brothers and sisters.’

We Are Church Ireland – “Vatican hypocrisy and hopes for our church”

Fr Bernárd Lynch is to receive the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad from President Michael D. Higgins on 21. November 2019!
WAC are delighted that Fr Bernárd Lynch will be addressing our WAC meeting on 11 November 2019 in Trinity College Dublin (School of Religion, Loyola Institute Building)!

The Ultimate Cluster …. carries an item of new “super” parishes being created in Germany with an average of 35,000 parishioners but in this case with a population of 99,000.
Is this where ‘clustering’ is taking us? Is there any reason the planned structure for administration and pastoral care could not be employed using lay people in our current parishes?

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