Rushing back to the past
Seamus Ahearne and his congregation find inspiration in the sporting figures of the past week and get a little distracted by royalty.
He wonders because the newly appointed Irish soccer team manager Mick McCarthy is back. “He once was the past. Now he is the future.” With regard to church Seamus tells us “We cannot get lost in the past. The past has to be distilled. The best has to be retained. The packaging can be discarded.”
Liam Power: Remembering Jean Donovan on the 40th Anniversary of her Martyrdom
Jean Donovan ‘They Don’t Shoot Blond, Blue-Eyed Americans’: Remembering Jean Donovan on the 40th Anniversary of her Martyrdom. by Fr Liam Power, Waterford News & Star I was watching…
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Sympathy extended to Tim Hazelwood
The ACP Leadership team would like to express sympathy to our colleague, Tim Hazelwood, on the death of his brother Liam, RIP. Condolences also to Tim’s mother, Mary, and siblings…
The Furrow: Gerry O’Hanlon – Pope Francis and the Ordination of Women
Article by Gerry O’Hanlon in the current issue of The Furrow. Link to The Furrow: https://thefurrow.ie/category/current-issue/ Last November (2022), in a wide-ranging interview with the Jesuit magazine America, Pope Francis…
Presider’s Page for 28 May (Pentecost Sunday)
Opening Comment (Mass During the Day)Today we celebrate ‘the great beginning of the Church,’ the day the Holy Spirit first came to confused and frightened disciples. We praise God for…
Disappointing that Dermot Farrell still has such a fixed patriarchal view of women in regard to priesthood and that ‘certain pillars’ can’t be changed. He shows a lack of understanding of the movement in the early church that shut out the role of women that Jesus had opened up in his ministry. We need the ‘Syrophoenician woman’ who changed the mindset/ worldview of Jesus to work on Dermot and so many others who have such ‘fixed/ unchangeable’ perspectives.
Roy, I am at the moment reading “Women Remembered. Jesus’ Female Disciples” by Helen Bond and Joan Taylor, both Professors of Christian Origins. Helen lectures at New College here at Edinburgh University and she has previously spoken on this subject at our Edinburgh Newman Association.
This book confirms absolutely that, as you say: “He shows a lack of understanding of the movement in the early church that shut out the role of women that Jesus had opened up in his ministry.”
The section on Mary may prove difficult for some of our flock as the presence of her other children is taken for granted —indeed for all of us who pray our belief in the “ever-virgin” every time we attend Mass.
We have discussed this in the past on this site to no great conclusion.
The stonewalling of the hierarchy is becoming a joke. Seeing women priests in action (and seeing same-sex couples thrive) one is convinced beyond argument that the church attitude to women (as to LGBT folk) is baseless.