Friday, 30 July 2010

New Priests' reform movement launched

This article appeared in the Irish Catholic yesterday, written by Garry O'Sullivan and Michael Kelly.

"A new priests' movement is being planned to push for a reformation within Irish Catholicism, The Irish Catholic has learned. The push, which will include a call for the Church to re-evaluate its teaching on sexuality as well as ''an equal place for women in all areas of Church life'' is the brainchild of three prominent priests.

In a statement to The Irish Catholic, the three, Fr Tony Flannery, Fr Brendan Hoban and Fr Sean McDonagh said ''the consensus was that, due to the diversity of opinion among priests, it would be impossible to represent all clergy" Continue reading by clicking here.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Fresh Expressions

All over the world there are both large and small groups seeking fresh expressions of the catholic faith. These ‘prophetic’ groups have many similar aims.

They welcome and embrace all people,
They open doors of opportunity to all rather than create any barriers,
They do not allow God to be tied down to tradition, rite, law or any other form of control,
They welcome all to the sacramental life of the church.

They place service before leadership
They place spirituality before maintenance of church buildings or structures,
They recognise the life of God at work in people of all faiths and none,
They favour the spirit of the law to the letter of the law,
They are an expression of prayerful relationship with God.

They have an ecumenical outlook,
They do not equate uniformity with unity,
They place relationship before membership,
They prefer to strive and to seek rather than sit comfortably with being right.

They recognise our reliance upon God’s mercy,
They place transformation before conformity,
They prefer to ‘let go,’ rather than ‘hold on,’
They are happy with not knowing.

They see God within and without, in equal measure,

They see God in the NOW.

Friday, 23 July 2010


Once again it's taken me a while to discover, but Busted Halo is a brilliant resource. Here's there "About Us" info from there website. "

We live in an age filled with seekers who are desperately trying to find deeper meaning in their lives but whose journey has little to do with traditional religious institutions. believes that the experiences of these pilgrims and the questions they ask are inherently spiritual.

Based in wisdom from the Catholic tradition, we believe that the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of all God’s people. Nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts. strives to reveal this spiritual dimension of our lives through feature stories, reviews, interviews, faith guides, commentaries, audio clips, discussions and connections to retreat, worship and service opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else.

We are committed to creating a forum that is: open, informed, unexpected, unpredictable, balanced, and thought-provoking. Every time we ask questions about what our lives mean and what keeps us alive, we are talking about something that’s relevant to"

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Pray Tell : Worship, wit & Wisdom

Why does it take me so long to find useful blog sites ? Here's a balanced blog with information about the Liturgy.

There's some interesting things being written about the new Translation of the Roman Missal. Click on the banner or here and have a good no-nonsense well balanced read.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Papal Event tickets up to £25

Interesting news from "The Scotsman" stating that those who want to attend any of the Papal events on his visit to the UK may be charged up to £25, let alone the cost of travel !

"CATHOLICS planning to attend open-air Mass arranged for the Pope's visit to the UK will face a two-tier system, depending on which side of the Border they are.

Worshippers in Scotland will not have to pay to attend the Papal Mass to be held in Glasgow during the Pontiff's visit, it was announced last night, while those attending the events in England and Wales will be charged up to £25." Continue reading here.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Infallible ? ? ?

Thanks to Aquinas blog for this superb post reminding me of why I so distrust any aspect of religion that favours a rule based approach to faith or offers certainty. I have copied the post in full. It can be found here

In this chapter, Orsy addresses how the new papal invention of “definitive doctine” compromises the intellectual freedom necessary to properly develop doctrine. “… the demand for stability and the imperative of development are vital forces in any living community.” (p. 105)

He describes how you can tell when development of doctrine is healthy: it respects the foundations of the institution, shows a harmonious progress from the old to the new, the once hidden potentials of the old are revealed, it is filled with energy. If it is unhealthy, it destabilizes the foundations, has a corrosive impact on identity, undermines original principles, is a radical break, shows no vigor of life, and weakens the from the old to the new, the once hidden potentials of the old are revealed, it is filled with energy. If it is unhealthy, it destabilizes the foundations, has a corrosive impact on identity, undermines original principles, is a radical break, shows no vigor of life, and weakens the institution.

“The Code of Canon Law, promulgated in 1983, mandated a healthy balance between stability and development. It’s canon 750 stressed the importance of stability … Canon 218 asserted the imperative of development and the need for ‘just freedom’ in research …
The two canons together stated well the right and duty of the community–to preserve and to let evolve the evangelical doctrine. (p. 108)

Inventing Definitive Doctrine with Ad tuendam fidem

“This balance established by the Code of Canon Law, however, was changed in 1998 with the promulgation of the Motu Proprio Ad tuendam fidem. The letter introduced into, and imposed on, the church a new category of teaching, called ‘definitive,’ and explained it as not infallible but irreformable. Effectively, it not verbally, it transferred some freely debated doctrines from the field of ‘doubtful things’ to the field of the ‘necessary things,’ where no question must be raised anymore about their unchangeable nature. …

“Thus the document places each and every point of teaching that has been declared ‘definitive’ by the papal magisterium into the body of ‘the doctrine of the Catholic Church,’ even when such a declaration does not fulfill the stringent criteria of a papal definition …” In other words, is not infallible. (p. 108-9)
Ratzinger also wrote a Commentary (not part of it or signed by the CDF) listing examples of definitive doctrine, like no ordination for women, the invalidity of Anglican ordination, etc.

So now doctrine doesn’t have to be infallible to be “irreformable.” And sanctions were added to canon law to enforce observance of doctrines determined to be definitive. Gotta love it.

But Ad tuendam fidem itself is not infallible because it is not a solemn ex cathedra pronouncement. So even by the loony logic of infallibility, it isn’t infallible.
It extends doctrinal foundations beyond traditional limits by attributing “unchangeable permanency to doctrines to which the universal church has not committed itself infallibly.” (p. 112) Plus, it just basically made up the category of non-infallible but unchangeable. And it stifles real thought.
And you wonder why so many people think the church is nuts.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Bishop Kevin Dowling

Here is a link to an article from the "National Catholic Reporter" to the text of a talk given by Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenburg, South Africa. It begins . . .

'Leadership does not have all the answers all the time'

South African Bishop Kevin Dowling asks a room of lay Catholics, "Who in today's world even listens to, much less appreciates and allows themselves to be challenged by the leadership of the church? I think the moral authority of the church's leadership has never been weaker."

Dowling then critiques church leadership using the lens of Catholic social teaching and find it fails on the principle of subsidiarity. The rest of the article can be found here.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Asylum Link Merseyside

Asylum Link is an organisation dedicated to assisting Asylum Seekers and Refugees and to raising public awareness around Refugee issues.

Asylum Link is a drop-in centre for all asylum seekers and refugees.

Asylum Link provides friendship, help and advice and encourages the participation of asylum seekers and refugees in the service.

The day to day running of the centre is carried out by 3 full time and 5 part time staff, and around 60 volunteers, overseen by a board of 12 Trustees .... more information ....or download the leaflet on ALM