Today's Homily Resource

26 May. Thursday, Week 8

1st Reading: 1 Peter 2:2-5,9-12

St Philip Neri, optional memorial

1st Reading: 1 Peter 2:2-5; 9-12

Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it …



26May The Practice of Mercy v The CDF

The Practice of Mercy v The CDF

May 26th, 2016

John O Connell, retired parish priest of Bray, recalls a run in some years ago with the CDF. Their heavy hand has been felt for many years by teachers and pastors alike but now more and more people are no longer willing to submit to their secretive ways and suffer in silence. There are probably many more stories of their attempted suppression of pastoral practices.

25May Laudato Si’ and the Importance of Water

Laudato Si’ and the Importance of Water

May 25th, 2016

Laudato Si’ and the Importance of Water

Columban Ecological Institute, St. Columban’s, Dalgan

Saturday May 28th 2016, 9.00am – 3.30pm

22May All that He made is good

All that He made is good

May 22nd, 2016

Fr. John Mannion in “Doctrine and Life” (Dominican publication) January, 2016 wrote about the dilemma that Gays present to the church.
The traditional response was, he said, "fed by a historical separation .... between scientific advancement and Thomistic moral theology."
"The current theory explaining the biology of sexuality ... has two complementary dimensions, one evolutionary, the other statistical."
Outlining this theory, he states, that it "explains the major sexual phenomena currently the focus of controversy in most societies".
"In medical circles, the curtain has irrevocably set on those who think that homosexuality is an illness which can be cured with psychological treatment."
John concludes that "We live in a country which still calls itself Christian but where the level of scholarship needed to bridge the gap between modern man and a heritage of thousands of years is often conspicuous by its absence."

19May Bishops meet with Association of Catholic Priests

Bishops meet with Association of Catholic Priests

May 19th, 2016

Report on a meeting between the Association of Catholic Priests and representatives of the Irish Episcopal Conference – Council for the Clergy – in the Columba Centre in Maynooth on Thursday, May 19, 2016

17May Summary of Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love” (Amoris Laetitia):

Summary of Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love” (Amoris Laetitia):

May 17th, 2016

Pat Rogers provides a summary of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, 'The Joy of Love'. Pat says his intention is "to provide the main thrust, and some of the key phrases, of this most encouraging papal teaching on family life today. I feel that this inspirational text has not yet been widely publicised or read here in Ireland."

15May Priestless Church Buildings

Priestless Church Buildings

May 15th, 2016

What to do with church buildings when there are no priests is an issue that will face most parishes in the immediate future, despite the fact that church authorities soldier on as though no drastic changes are on the horizon.
Alan McGill puts forward a suggestion on how these buildings can be utilised 'by predominantly or entirely lay communities so as to continue to be oases of prayer and pastoral care'.
Alan McGill works fulltime as Director of Faith Formation and Liturgy at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the city-center of Atlanta. He is a native of Dublin.

12May Ordaining Women to the Diaconate: a small step forward?

Ordaining Women to the Diaconate: a small step forward?

May 12th, 2016

Various news services are reporting remarks by Pope Francis that appear to indicate his willingness to formally study the possibility of the ordination of women to the diaconate.

10May Curial reform must include reform of CDF processes

Curial reform must include reform of CDF processes

May 10th, 2016

America magazine and the National Catholic Reporter remind CDF and Vatican officials that the issue of the injustice of CDF procedures isn’t just going to disappear because they choose to ignore it.

Neither will the issue be disappeared by Vatican officials practising a basic lack of courtesy and good manners in refusing to read or acknowledge a letter sent to them about such a grave issue.
Did they learn nothing of the damage done to individuals and to church in the recent past by their ignoring issues of justice and people’s rights?

10May ACP meeting with bishops next week

ACP meeting with bishops next week

May 10th, 2016

ACP meeting with bishops next week

08May ‘My experience at the hands of the CDF’

‘My experience at the hands of the CDF’

May 8th, 2016

Notice of talk by Fr Gerard Moloney CSsR before "We Are Church" AGM