Analysis and Comment

The problem with ordaining Viri Probati, ‘men of proven virtue’ Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
liturgy

It seems that every few months we begin talking again about the chronic shortage of presbyters in the many parts of the Catholic world today. Then someone suggests the ordination of suitable married men, Viri Probati. But after some discussion, a solidly based argument (not based on dubious notions of ritual purity) is presented: how Read more

Child protection must remain a priority Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
child protection

As bishops face financial pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, their commitment to child protection must remain a priority, according to one of the Church’s leading safeguarding experts. Fr Hans Zollner, president of the Centre for Child Protection at Rome’s Gregorian University, says the Church now more than ever has to take the lead in Read more

Good humour Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
Humour

Can we talk about something other than Covid19? What about Catholic jokes? Will that do? I usually enjoy religious humour. It seems to come from solid faith that is without doubt or fear. And sometimes the laughter it evokes, unwraps a little parable that stays with me. I still carry an old Marist Messenger confessional Read more

Live plays rarely make for successful TV viewing. Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

The Catholic Church was unprepared for COVID-19. Nothing particularly new there, countries have been caught unprepared; the transmission speed of this COVID-19 virus around the world has been unstoppable. The Decree released by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments from Rome on 25th March 2020, was unusually brief and not Read more

Pastoral outreach methods changed forever Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020
communication channels

During two months of social isolation, the work of American business has migrated, ready or not, into the home. If pajamas have become the new workplace attire and the sofa has been transformed into the new desktop, where does that leave a U.S. Catholic Church yearning to stay connected with its parishioners through Zoom liturgies Read more

I miss Mass but love lay-led liturgies Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020
lay-led liturgy

The last time I “went to church,” there was no priest, no choir and no church building at all. By Saturday afternoon, a fellow theology student and I had cobbled together an order of service complete with that Sunday’s readings, hymns and a reflection on the Gospel. She and I texted a few of our Read more

I think religion in Ireland is getting a boost from coronavirus Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020
Ireland

Catholics in Ireland, who deserted their churches in droves in recent years, seem ready to return in some numbers. Far be it from me to make the prediction, but I have a feeling that religion in Ireland is getting a boost from coronavirus. There could be a massive upsurge in attendance at Masses in church Read more

“We’re equals…We are each other’s rock” says Michelle Muller Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020
michelle muller

Michelle Muller has known since the night she met her husband that, if he got his way, she would end up the wife of an MP. Todd Muller is the Bay’s newest National MP and told his wife of his political aspirations at their first meeting in 1998. “He told me that one day he Read more

Liturgy: Celebrants, not consumers Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
liturgy

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a flurry of new activity in Catholic liturgy. Clergy are streaming live coverage of themselves celebrating the Eucharist and inviting others to join in by watching. As lockdown eases in some places, the latest desire is to have a system – similar to that used for social distancing in shops Read more

Illogical policy and private religion Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

“Always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope you all have. “Give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander you when you are living a good life in Christ may be proved wrong in the accusations that they bring. “Moreover, Read more