Monthly Archives: March 2016

Different experience speaking to women’s group and men’s group

In the past couple of weeks I spoke at two ProBus meeting in Limerick. (ProBus groups are made up of retired business and professional people, who come together on a fairly regular basis, have some input and discussion, and also a social dimension.). The first group was all men, and the second one all women. The topic was the same, Church reform.
Both events were very enjoyable, in that they were very receptive groups, and there was no pressure in speaking to them.

A really interesting article by Robert Mickens

The greatest story never told
Robert Mickens | Mar. 28, 2016 A Roman Observer

Christians around the world are now in the Easter season and singing “Alleluia!” once again.
But not all of us. Not even all of us Catholics.

Those of the Byzantine or other Eastern traditions — together with our Orthodox sisters and brothers — are still five weeks away from Easter.

It’s one of the strangest and most disturbing incongruities of global Christianity that believers in Jesus Christ more often than not celebrate the two most important feasts of their faith — Christmas and Easter — on widely different dates.

From the National Catholic Reporter

Bishop: Irish hierarchy should reach out to priests like Fr. Tony Flannery
Sarah Mac Donald | Mar. 23, 2016 NCR Today
DUBLIN, IRELAND

For the first time, an Irish bishop has indicated it is time for the Irish hierarchy to reach out to priests like well-known Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery, who was censured by the Vatican in 2012.
Speaking to NCR at a conference on mercy in Dublin, Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry admitted that unless the bishops are seen to be “willing to go way beyond our comfort zone then people will say you are just a group looking after yourselves.”

Asked about the plight of Flannery and other Irish priests censured by the Vatican, he responded, “We have to be constantly reaching out — that is the job of followers of Christ.

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