Today's Homily Resource

30/04, 2016. Saturday, Week 5 of Easter

St Pius V, pope, optional memorial

1st Reading: Acts 16:1-10

Timothy, a half-Jew, joins Paul in the missionary work

Paul went on also to Derbe and to Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish …



30Apr Pope Francis on priests and laity

Pope Francis on priests and laity

April 30th, 2016

Pádraig McCarthy points to the 19 March letter of Pope Francis to Cardinal Marc Ouellet of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
Francis has strong words on the importance of laity, and of the dangers of clericalism.

"It is not [for] the pastor to tell lay people what they must do and say, they know this better than we do.”

27Apr It’s ok for Catholics to think and talk!

It’s ok for Catholics to think and talk!

April 27th, 2016

Hans Küng has released a statement to media about a letter he received from Pope Francis following his appeal for an open discussion about 'nfallibility'.
The English version was released simultaneously by National Catholic Reporter and The Tablet.

25Apr la Repubblica – “Basta processi segreti’ – “A New Process for the Church and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”

la Repubblica – “Basta processi segreti’ – “A New Process for the Church and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”

April 25th, 2016

International Coverage for Letter about "A New Process for the Church and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith".

The story has got a full page in la Repubblica, the main Italian newspaper.

21Apr Something is rotten in the state of ………… Time for CDF to be stood aside and properly investigated.

Something is rotten in the state of ………… Time for CDF to be stood aside and properly investigated.

April 21st, 2016

Gerard Moloney, a Redemptorist priest, and former editor of the magazine 'Reality' writes of the appalling experience he suffered at the hands of the CDF.

"How can you defend yourself if you don’t know you are on trial? How can you defend yourself if you don’t know who your accusers are? How can you defend yourself when your fate has been decided even before you discover you have been on trial? It is an utterly unjust and unchristian system.

Something is rotten in the state of the CDF, and while the current people and processes remain in place, nothing will change. Priests, sisters and brothers will continue to be treated as less than human, and will have their lives hurt or broken.

... injustice has a price, and I am paying it every day."

20Apr CDF: accuser, investigator, judge, jury, executioner, Christian?

CDF: accuser, investigator, judge, jury, executioner, Christian?

April 20th, 2016

Fifteen people, including two bishops, prominent theologians, people working in creative areas of ministry, and Catholic writers and broadcasters, have written to Pope Francis and to the Prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, asking for an open discussion about the procedures of the Congregation and calling for approaches that respect human rights and the need for free speech, pluralism, transparency and accountability within the church community.
They also say that the CDF “acts in ways that are out of keeping with contemporary concepts of human rights, accountability and transparency that the world expects from the Christian community and which the Catholic Church demands from secular organizations.”

18Apr Still flying a tattered flag

Still flying a tattered flag

April 18th, 2016

Brendan Hoban in his weekly column in the Western People reflects on his 43 years in ministry in the light of the influence successive papacies have had on church.
'as hope gradually died a long and difficult death and Rome eventually began to implode, a few years ago the cardinals came to the obvious conclusion that the Curia in Rome had to be reformed, rowing back in the general direction of the Council of Trent had failed and that the vision of Vatican Two was worth a second look.
Unexpectedly Francis emerged from the shadows..........'

18Apr The Joy of Love – downloadable and printable

The Joy of Love – downloadable and printable

April 18th, 2016

Pádraig McCarthy has re-formatted 'The Joy of Love' on A4 pages as a downloadable and printable PDF file.

17Apr A petition to reinstate Professor Hans Küng as a Catholic theologian.

A petition to reinstate Professor Hans Küng as a Catholic theologian.

April 17th, 2016

A petition to reinstate Professor Hans Küng as a Catholic theologian.

16Apr Review of ‘The Joy of Love’

Review of ‘The Joy of Love’

April 16th, 2016

Aidan Hart, a married layman, reviews Pope Francis’ latest gift to the universal Church. He sees it as “a papal document like no other; its underlying tone of God’s compassionate mercy for all human failure and its understanding of the realities and messiness of many peoples’ lives are outstanding.”

16Apr Appointment of ACP Administrative Secretary

Appointment of ACP Administrative Secretary

April 16th, 2016

ACP appoint Administrative Secretary