Monthly Archives: December 2015

Bishop Dermot O’Mahony

I never met, nor had I any dealing with, Bishop Dermot O’Mahony. Until the Murphy Report anything I ever heard about him was positive – a warm, gentle, caring man who was a shining light in a Church that could often be harsh and judgmental.
I was part of the ACP sponsored study and critique of the Murphy Report by retired judge Fergal Sweeney. That convinced me that there were serious faults with the work of Yvonne Murphy on this occasion, and also with the legislation underpinning the Commission of Investigation.

A good insight into what the Pope is up against in the Vatican

(When I read this I think: these are the men who were silencing myself and many others. Now they are openly attacking the Pope, but afraid to put their name to it.)

Open Letter to Pope Francis From a Former Member of the Roman Curia

BY ONEPETERFIVE
DECEMBER 9, 2015

“You Are Distancing Yourself From Wisdom”

On November 27, 2015, the German-language magazine, FOCUS, published an open letter to Pope Francis from a former high-ranking member of the Roman Curia.

Could this be Pope Francis real agenda?

The first indication is the evident intention of Pope Francis to implement the agenda dictated in 1999 by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, in a memorable statement at the synod of that year.

The archbishop of Milan at the time, a Jesuit and the undisputed leader of the “liberal” wing of the hierarchy, said that he “had a dream”: that of a Church capable of getting into a permanent synodal state, with a “collegial and authoritative exchange among all the bishops on some key issues.”

And here are the “key issues” that he listed:

“The shortage of ordained ministers, the role of woman in society and in the Church, the discipline of marriage, the Catholic vision of sexuality, penitential practice, relations with the sister Churches of Orthodoxy and more in general the need to revive ecumenical hopes, the relationship between democracy and values and between civil laws and the moral law.”

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