Seamus Ahearne contrasts the, sadly failed, herculean efforts of one national ex-serviceman to exercise his right to cast his vote in the recent general election with the ‘The squabbling and childishness of many of the TDs (that) dishonours the flag and our country.’
But Seamus concludes that “Yes, I should be more gentle with our politicians and the electors – we probably all suffer from the same ‘sin’ of today. The immediate and the superficial and obvious is all we can cope with.”
Pádraig McCarthy reports on comments about the ACP, which he found on the Catholic Herald website – resulting from the new Meath funeral rules.
Gerry O’Hanlon SJ reviews the ACP’s first three years and suggests future directions (this is the text of his talk at the start of the AGM).
The ACP Leadership Team announces that the opening prayers from the 1998 Missal are to be made available on the Presider’s Page published for each Sunday Mass.
Michael Kavanagh, a married man in his sixties, has serious questions about the survey in preparation for the Synod on the Family. He believes the Church needs a true theology of the family.
Tony Flannery, writing in the Irish Independent, sees hope of finding “new wine skins for the new wine” as people are exploring new ways, and new language, for addressing spiritual realities.