This interesting reflection on the recently puslished survey which we commissioned comes from Noel Casey of Carrick-on-Suir
Brendan Hoban revisits the topic of confession and ponders how it can be saved.
Tony Conry is a missionary priest working in Brazil. Tony suggests that we can and should be creative in making up our own homespun blessings because ‘the English language robbed us of our Celtic heritage and gave us all a sterile cold communications system bereft of all emotional warmth and spiritual nourishment.’
Sean O’Conaill notes a tendency in inter-Catholic online discussion to silence opponents by the use of such wild card tags as: ‘modernist’,
‘fundamentalist’, ‘Protestant’, ‘relativist’, ‘heretic’. He asks if the Catholic Internet can be civilised, so that potentially brilliant contributors will not hold back from being part of discussions.
Gerry Heffernan, writing from Brisbane, invites each one of us to express our solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East by joining in some way with Chaldean Christians who in accordance with their liturgical tradition are preparing to observe the so-called “fast of Nineveh” (Bautha of Ninwaye).
The Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Luis Raphael I, has invited all the faithful of the Chaldean Church to pray and live abstinence from food in order to ask the Lord for the return of the gift of peaceful coexistence in Iraq and throughout the troubled region of the Middle East.
Tom Heneghan, the Reuters ‘Religion Editor’, reports on the comments of Cardinal Maradiaga, a member of Pope Francis’ kitchen cabinet’ of advisers: first published on Reuters, under the heading ‘Top papal ally urges Vatican doctrine chief Müller to loosen up‘ (read original article here).