Today's Homily Resource

27th April. Monday, Week 4 of Easter

Christian Leadership

What splendid leadership Peter shows, pointing the way forward for the church into the future. He also shows a spirit of dialogue, equally vital for our church of today. When challenged about his daring initiative, Peter patiently explains himself. His leadership is not dictatorial but blends inspiration and dialogue...


23Apr What happened in Limerick should not stay in Limerick

What happened in Limerick should not stay in Limerick

April 23rd, 2015

Deborah Rose-Milavec reports on www.futurechurch.org about the 2nd international meeting of priest associations and lay reform groups that recently took place in Limerick.

17Apr New Era – Last chance: Catholic Priests Associations and Reform Groups unite in International Conference in Limerick, Ireland

New Era – Last chance: Catholic Priests Associations and Reform Groups unite in International Conference in Limerick, Ireland

April 17th, 2015

Press statement following international conference in Limerick, hosted by ACP, that brought together over 30 Catholic priests and church citizens from Ireland, Austria, Australia, Germany, India, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.

17Apr A response to an assertion that ACP consistently proposes altering Catholic moral teaching.

A response to an assertion that ACP consistently proposes altering Catholic moral teaching.

April 17th, 2015

P. John Mannion responds to an assertion that the ACP consistently proposes altering Catholic moral teaching.

14Apr Marriage Referendum: Some material for reflection

Marriage Referendum: Some material for reflection

April 14th, 2015

A shortened version of an article in the April issue of The Furrow.
Pádraig McCarthy

12Apr Sledge hammered or airbrushed – getting rid of ‘beautiful things’­

Sledge hammered or airbrushed – getting rid of ‘beautiful things’­

April 12th, 2015

Brendan Hoban in his weekly Western People column wonders what we are losing by the ' gradual, insistent airbrushing of religion out of Irish life.'
He says that as a result 'to refer to the challenge and comfort of a lived faith in a God of love and compassion is almost to speak a language that so many now either refuse to speak or don't really understand.'

10Apr Submissions for the Synod

Submissions for the Synod

April 10th, 2015

Attached are two submissions to the Synod.
One from ACI and the second from AUSCP.
The Association of Catholics in Ireland have provided a lengthy document and the AUSCP have provide a summary of what they say "U.S. priests with decades of family ministry have presented to the Vatican office for the Synod of Bishops on the family. The survey results, with responses from almost 600 U.S. priests, were presented today (April 10) to Msgr. John Abbruzzese of the Synod office".

07Apr At Easter, Austria’s bishops remembered the “forgotten” women

At Easter, Austria’s bishops remembered the “forgotten” women

April 7th, 2015

Maria Teresa Pontara Pedervia reports in the vaticaninsider.lastampa.it website that Austrian bishops reminded us all that despite the crucial role women play in the life of the church it can often be overlooked!
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn commented that 'the Gospel stories are full of female figures that have played important roles, but “none of these women has ever been canonized,” he regretted.'

06Apr The celebration of the Eucharist: Could it become a museum piece?

The celebration of the Eucharist: Could it become a museum piece?

April 6th, 2015

Brian Eyre wonders if the celebration of the Eucharist could become so rare it could be seen as a museum piece?
He hopes not but suggests the only way "This can be avoided is if the priesthood is opened up to others and not limit it to male celibate candidates only."

06Apr Fr. Tony Flannery hosts International Network of Church Reform Movements participative conference in Co. Limerick

Fr. Tony Flannery hosts International Network of Church Reform Movements participative conference in Co. Limerick

April 6th, 2015

An International Network of Church Reform Movements conference will take place next week, from Monday 13th April to Thursday 16th April, in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick.
This four day event is not open to the public but there will be an open session at 8.00pm on Thursday, 16th April in the Radisson Blu in Limerick. Some of the international participants will speak of their experience of Church Reform in their parts of the world, and how we can move forward. Members of the public are welcome to this event.

29Mar Holiday Weekend or Holy Week?

Holiday Weekend or Holy Week?

March 29th, 2015

Brendan Hoban offers a reflection on Holy Week.
"Calvary sets in consoling relief the experience of all who suffer – whether the nightmare of physical pain or the emotional trauma of significant loss or the prospect of imminent death. The human Jesus, struggling to come to terms with the reality of his predicament, echoes every human experience of suffering and of loss and reflects the complexity and confusion of emotions that attend all those caught in the slipstream of pain and loss and death."