Howth Parish Reform and Renewal Group will meet on Monday, 05 November, in St. Columbanus Hall, Howth, at 8.00pm.
Fr. Gerry O’Hanlon SJ will speak on his latest book ‘The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis’
Chris McDonnell reflects on the events of The Year of the Three Popes — 40 years ago
The ACP will host 4 public regional meetings ahead of the Papal visit.
The theme of the meetings is “What do we need to say to Pope Francis about the Irish Church?”
These meetings are open to everybody.
Stephanie Kirchgaessner writes in The Guardian about a reported conversation between Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused, and Pope Francis where according to Juan Carlos Cruz the pope told him “‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this … “
Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal.
Report from the National Catholic Reporter
In a world full of disinformation and fake news Pope Francis issued a timely message for World Communications Day.
After six years of suspension from public ministry, without even the semblance of due process, Tony Flannery writes that “the memories of that time come back clearly, and I know that there is still a residue of hurt, regret and sadness.” ….
“I do actually believe that my Redemptorist superiors, or indeed the Irish bishops, if they really wanted to, could do something in this present very different climate in the Church, to get the sanctions against me lifted, and to restore my good name.
My biggest complaint from the beginning was the unjust and unlawful procedures that were used to judge and condemn me.”
Pope Francis has issued his apostolic exhortation “Rejoice and Be Glad; On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.”
It includes a little advice about how misuse of technology can prevent holiness.
“115. Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication. Even in Catholic media, limits can be overstepped, defamation and slander can become commonplace, and all ethical standards and respect for the good name of others can be abandoned. The result is a dangerous dichotomy, since things can be said there that would be unacceptable in public discourse, and people look to compensate for their own discontent by lashing out at others. It is striking that at times, in claiming to uphold the other commandments, they completely ignore the eighth, which forbids bearing false witness or lying, and ruthlessly vilify others. Here we see how the unguarded tongue, set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze (cf. Jas 3:6).”
america magazine carries a short article about retired Pope Benedict affirming that “there is an internal continuity between the two pontificates.”
Joint Press Release by ‘We Are Church International” & ‘European Network Church on the Move’ marking Five Years of Pope Francis.
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.”
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.”
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.”
We Are Church International (WACI) is inviting us to join in supporting Pope Francis.
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.
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
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
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
www.tonyflannery.com Muller complains of lack of due process in his sacking!!!!!!
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
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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