Today's Homily Resource

28th November. Saturday of Week 34

1st Reading: Daniel 7:15-27

Daniel begs for an explanation of the vision. The persecuted saints, loyal to the covenant, will receive the kingdom.

As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified …

27Nov A drop of over 43% of priests in active ministry since 1995 – no crisis

A drop of over 43% of priests in active ministry since 1995 – no crisis

November 27th, 2015

When is a crisis not a crisis? When it involves the church it seems.
The number of priests in active ministry 20 years ago - in 1995 - was 3,550.
There are now just 2,019 in active ministry - which represents a drop of 43%.
Just over 67% of that number are over the age of 55 - while it is believed the majority of those are actually even older.
Where is there evidence of strategy and planning to face this 'crisis'?

27Nov ‘Mass’ at the wake?

‘Mass’ at the wake?

November 27th, 2015

Stan Mellett shares some thoughts on the importance of having a pastoral approach to funeral rites "when the increasingly normal experience is a funeral for one who has long since lost touch with the church, had ceased to practice the faith and been in an irregular marital situation,"
"People who have little contact with church – uneasy with ceremony and ritual – anxious and uneasy about protocol, any effort to accommodate and accompany them through the Wake, funeral Mass and burial/cremation is a service not to be underestimated; an important pastoral opportunity not to be missed."

24Nov Report on the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests – 2015

Report on the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests – 2015

November 24th, 2015

A report on the AGM

24Nov Resolutions from AGM

Resolutions from AGM

November 24th, 2015

Resolutions from the AGM held on 24 November 2015.

24Nov The Inquisition by any other name

The Inquisition by any other name

November 24th, 2015

Fr. P. John Mannion in this article explores the disjunction between the Church’s Canon Law and the teaching of the New Testament.
He does so in the context of the dealings of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly The Inquisition, with Fr. Tony Flannery.
The injustice of those dealings and lack of due process is compounded when some commentators lay charges against Tony Flannery on the basis of what the CDF has done rather than anything he actually said.

23Nov Annual General Meeting, Tuesday, 24 November

Annual General Meeting, Tuesday, 24 November

November 23rd, 2015

Notice and
Agenda of Annual General Meeting

21Nov Rigidity kills the Heart

Rigidity kills the Heart

November 21st, 2015

Seamus Ahearne wrote this in response to the post 'De-centralisation and the selection of bishops'.
It deserves its own space and as usual Seamus challenges us in a gentle way to expand our horizons.
"We don’t have to protect God. God is used to our mess. Let’s take hold of the vision from Rome and apply it locally."

20Nov Pope Francis’ Advice for Bishops, Priests and prospective Seminarians

Pope Francis’ Advice for Bishops, Priests and prospective Seminarians

November 20th, 2015

Iacopo Scaramuzzi reports on some off the cuff remarks made by Pope Francis at a Conference sponsored by the Congregation for the Clergy.
He told bishops: “Be present in your dioceses of resign”
To priests he said “It is not normal for a priest to be often sad, nervous, or of a hard character; it is not good, and does no good, neither for the priest nor for his people,”
About those wishing to enter the seminary he said authorities should think twice if the young man “is too confident, rigid and fundamentalist”.

20Nov Faith, Ethics, Elections, Citizenship

Faith, Ethics, Elections, Citizenship

November 20th, 2015

Pádraig McCarthy poses some interesting questions as we face into a general election in the Republic of Ireland early in the new year.
"We have an election coming early next year, significant for the centenary of 1916. How does our faith in Jesus Christ inform our active citizenship?
What inspiration and challenges can faith offer to setting goals in political and public life? "

20Nov De-centralisation and the selection of bishops

De-centralisation and the selection of bishops

November 20th, 2015

Robert Mickens in his 'Letter from Rome' on Global Pulse Magazine comments on the stresses and strains that surface when trying to attempt de-centralisation in the church. He says "Reactions to the US bishops’ deliberations this week at their fall meeting suggest that Catholics may have drawn the conclusion, unwittingly, that decentralization may not be all that it’s cracked up to be."
However he adds 'it is going to be a rough and rocky road to healthy decentralization in the Catholic Church. It’s not likely to happen until the synodality that Francis is trying to instill in the Church’s way of living and being also embraces and transforms the way bishops are selected.
Even if a change in the discernment process for choosing our pastors were to be implemented in the next couple of years, it would probably take at least two more generations before we’d get an episcopate that would make decentralized government effective.
Having said that, there are some men in miters – even those with the august rank of cardinal – who should be doing everything as the pope wishes, both in style and emphasis.
And they actually do work for him. They are called apostolic delegates and Vatican officials."