Today's Homily Resource

26 August. Friday, Week 21

1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:17-25

The mystery of the cross is wiser than our mind, stronger than our power

My brothers and sisters, Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, …

24Aug On women’s ordination, who is able to speak?

On women’s ordination, who is able to speak?

August 24th, 2016

John Shea, like many others, is seeking explanations about the church's stance on the ordination of women. He continues to request bishops and others to engage in discussion on the topic.
For newer readers we again carry copies of his letters in the hope of stimulating further discussion.
"Is it already too late to talk about the search for truth? Is skewed patriarchal thinking the best we can bring? Are historical explanations the same as theological explanations? Is a folk theory of gender the essence of revelation? Was Jesus wonderfully patriarchal? Is the past prologue or is it meant to be an endless present of male superiority and privilege?"

20Aug Bishop Edward Daly – An appreciation

Bishop Edward Daly – An appreciation

August 20th, 2016

Paddy O'Kane writes a personal appreciation of the late Edward Daly, bishop of Derry from 1974 to 1993. Paddy refers to Edward Daly's outspoken views on the topic on mandatory celibacy for priests. He quotes Edward Daly from his book ‘A Troubled See.’
“I ask myself, more and more why celibacy should be the great sacred and unyielding arbiter, the paradigm of the diocesan priesthood. Why not prayerfulness, conviction in the faith, knowledge of the faith, ability to communicate in the modern age, honesty, integrity, humility, a commitment to social justice, a work ethic, respect for others, compassion and caring?
Surely many of these qualities are as at least as important in a diocesan priest as celibacy – yet celibacy seems to be perceived as the predominant obligation …”

19Aug The election of bishops – ACP Statement

The election of bishops – ACP Statement

August 19th, 2016

"The ACP believes that, at this most critical juncture for the Catholic Church in Ireland, the policies being pursued by Archbishop Browne in the choice of bishops are, in the main, inadequate to the needs of our time, at odds with the expectations of people and priests and out of sync with the new church dispensation, ushered in by the election of Pope Francis over three years ago and the changed perspective of his renewed commitment to the spirit of the Second Vatican Council."

19Aug Statement on Seminary Reform

Statement on Seminary Reform

August 19th, 2016

"This critical time is an opportunity for the Church to consider both a new and dynamic vision of priesthood and a seminary preparation in tune with present needs."

19Aug Report on a recent meeting of the Leadership of the ACP

Report on a recent meeting of the Leadership of the ACP

August 19th, 2016

Report on a recent meeting of the Leadership of the ACP.

18Aug Seminaries perpetuate gender inequality in church

Seminaries perpetuate gender inequality in church

August 18th, 2016

Soline Humbert, writing in the Irish Times, states that the problems of Maynooth, and all seminaries, go far beyond what has been spoken of in recent times and in a challenging article argues that "Seminaries perpetuate the unjust rule of men over women in the church".
However as "patriarchal hierarchical structures die, new communities and ministries are born, witnesses that, in the risen Christ, there is no longer male and female. We are one."

16Aug Prising open the door – women deacons

Prising open the door – women deacons

August 16th, 2016

Brendan Hoban, writing in the Western People, feels that many have missed the true historic significance of the commission, established by Pope Francis, to examine the issue of the ordination of women as deacons .
"Leaving aside the ordination issue it has been obvious for years that women could have been involved at a much higher level in church affairs but that they were systematically excluded by an unapologetic sexist mentality in the Vatican."

"The cat is out of the bag. By establishing the commission and outlining its remit, Francis has effectively opened up the issue of women’s ordination for discussion, even though a few short years ago his two predecessors tried ‘definitively’ to close that discussion down. A few short years ago we weren’t even allowed to think about women’s ordination. Now the Catholic Church is officially considering the ordination of women deacons.
August 2, 2016 may well be remembered as a crucial day in the history of Catholicism."

16Aug Ecology, Economics, and Ethics

Ecology, Economics, and Ethics

August 16th, 2016

In response to Seán McDonagh's call for more discussion in church about issues that matter and are relevant to the lives of all people rather than silly season tabloid fodder Joe O Leary replied with a long response that includes an article by Stefano Zamagni, on “Ecology, Economics, and Ethics”.
We carry it as a stand alone post rather than a reply as it is well worth reading. Our thanks to Joe.

15Aug Silly Season Scrum: Archbishop Martin and the Media

Silly Season Scrum: Archbishop Martin and the Media

August 15th, 2016

In the wake of the controversy aroused by Archbishop Martin's comments about his decision to transfer the three Dublin diocesan students from Maynooth Seán McDonagh wrote in the Irish Independent last week to express his surprise and disappointment at the issues that exercise and energise some of our bishops and most of the media.
"nobody mentioned three of the most significant documents of the modern Church - The Joy of the Gospel, Laudato Si’ : On Care For Our Common Home and The Joy of Love. These are pivotal documents in the modern Church and yet, they were missing for the debate.
I look forward to the day when the media - if they are genuinely interested in the future of the Irish Church- will afford the same time, interest and energy to discussing the latter as they have to this week's Maynooth story. "
Perhaps we could apply that wish for the media to church as well and even to commentary on our website!

12Aug Liturgy: Handing on a Living flame or worshipping Ashes

Liturgy: Handing on a Living flame or worshipping Ashes

August 12th, 2016

Pádraig McCarthy keeps us advised of the plans of the bishops' conference to continue with "new translations" of the lectionary and Rites of the Sacraments.
And all of this without any type of proper review of the train wreck that was the so called 'new translation' of the Roman Missal.