Today's Homily Resource

17 January, 2017. Tuesday, Week 2

Saint Anthony, abbot

1st Reading: Hebrews 6:10-20

Abraham’s long-delayed son. Learning patience

For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. …



16Jan German priests: open the priesthood to women, make priestly celibacy voluntary

German priests: open the priesthood to women, make priestly celibacy voluntary

January 16th, 2017

The National Catholic Reporter has a story about an open letter on the state of the church and priestly ministry in Germany that a group of 11 German priests from the Cologne archdiocese have written urging the church to open the priesthood to both men and women and to make priestly celibacy voluntary.
Meanwhile Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, writes about his visit to Rome, "No doubt Pope Francis and the other curial officials will be interested to learn how we are facing the current challenges of a decline in Mass attendance in Ireland and in the number of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.
I, and my fellow bishops, will be able to share with them the resilience of our priests and religious under increased pressure and workload, as well as the tremendous generosity and kindness of the faithful towards us.
We will be able to discuss the seeds of renewal and new growth in catechesis, lay involvement, intentional discipleship and pastoral outreach that are emerging all over the country.

16Jan The Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) expresses deep disappointment on the eve of the Irish Catholic Bishops visit to Rome

The Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) expresses deep disappointment on the eve of the Irish Catholic Bishops visit to Rome

January 16th, 2017

The Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) expresses deep disappointment that the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference (ICBC) has been unable to agree to bring proposals on ending the celibacy requirement for priestly ministry in Ireland to Pope Francis for their Ad Limina visit to Rome.

13Jan Irish bishops divided on issue of married priests and women deacons

Irish bishops divided on issue of married priests and women deacons

January 13th, 2017

RTE is carrying a report that the Irish bishops' conference failed to reach consensus on proposals by the Bishop of Kilmore, Leo O'Reilly, to allow priests who left ministry to get married to return to priestly work and to consider lifting the bans on ordaining married men and female deacons.
Bishop O Reilly is to be commended for actually listening to the outcome of a 'listening process" he started with the people of Kilmore diocese.

12Jan Clearing one’s voice?

Clearing one’s voice?

January 12th, 2017

An interesting report by Sandro Magister is being carried at Settimo Cielo, that ‘Liturgiam authenticam’ is to be revisited by Pope Francis. ‘Liturgiam authenticam’ was the criteria for the translation of liturgical texts from Latin into modern languages which led to the “new missal” with its beauties like ‘prevenient grace’, ‘consubstantial’, and had us praying for ‘the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds’ at the start of Advent.

10Jan The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP)

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP)

January 10th, 2017

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP) has produced the first edition of their new newsletter, 'Leading'.
Mary Bergan Blanchard , editor, says that the newsletter "discusses who we are, why we’re here, and what we do.....
We are a prophetic movement. Organized religion needs to be reorganized. Millions of Catholics have given up their faith in disgust. If we do not regenerate the interest in the simplicity of Christ’s message, who will? It is buried in over 1,750 man-made Canon Laws. Women and all their contributions have been ignored for nearly two thousand years. Enough!..................... We are trying our best to inform all curious people exactly what we are about."

09Jan Pope of the possible

Pope of the possible

January 9th, 2017

Brendan Hoban, in the Western People, questions why Irish bishops when faced with the dramatically reducing number of priests in the Irish church 'are not good at maths. It takes them a long time to get their heads around something and then when they do the sums they seem to lose their nerve and back away from the obvious answer.'
Reports suggest the Brazilian bishops are asking Francis to allow married priests to resume their priestly ministry. 'So shouldn’t we be doing something about it, now? Couldn’t our bishops do what the Brazilian bishops are doing?'.

08Jan A new beginning

A new beginning

January 8th, 2017

Brian Fahy has been doing some very early spring cleaning and unearthed some notes made in the past that are still very relevant today.

05Jan Tony Flannery at 70

Tony Flannery at 70

January 5th, 2017

Tony Flannery, on his own web-site, announced his decision to say a Public Mass in Killimordaly Community Centre on Sunday, 22 January, at 2.30pm to mark the occasion of his 70th birthday.

03Jan Putting our World back together again

Putting our World back together again

January 3rd, 2017

Brendan Hoban, in his weekly Western People column, ruminates on the passing of 2016 and what 2017 might hold for us.

03Jan The presumption of doing good and the harm it can cause

The presumption of doing good and the harm it can cause

January 3rd, 2017

Brian Fahy, reflecting on his own life experiences, warns against the presumption that we're always doing good merely because we think we are 'working for God'.
'People in the church presume that what they do is always good since they are working for God. They do not think to question many of the practices they perform precisely for this reason. They do not ever think that they might be mistaken.'




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