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January 1, 2020

The bells have rung in the New Year and Catholics have throughout the world attended the Mass in honour of Mary The Mother of God.  It is a momentous opportunity for all within the Church to once more acknowledge Our Blessed Mother as the paragon of virtue, recall her...

December 31, 2019

Convention has long established that the close of the calendar year and the arrival of the new is celebrated by means of social gatherings and, on a personal level, the formulation of “new year's resolutions”. Our propensity for resolutions and our own human weakness i...

December 29, 2019

Today marks the commemoration of the Holy Family. In this feast we are not only confronted with the humanity of Jesus the infant but also the vulnerability of each member of the Holy Family. 

For many, it is an occasion which prompts reflection upon the discrete vocatio...

December 27, 2019

With the demands of Christmas preparations, the "Netflix" film: "Two Popes" may have eluded some.  Declaring itself to be "based on true events", it depicts Cardinal Bergoglio as a Gandhi -like figure; prevailed upon, against his better judgment, to succeed Pope Benedi...

November 27, 2019

I was recently approached for advice in connection with a small but vibrant community of sisters. As a consequence, I was required to consider two documents; the significance of which may have slipped under the radar of a number of busy canonists. The first is the Apos...

November 17, 2019

Some years ago, a UK based telecoms provider published a marketing campaign on national television; its theme: 'keeping in touch'.  The commercial featured an attentive Jewish grandmother consoling her grandson on the publication of his less than illustrious exam resul...

November 6, 2019

 For those of a certain vintage, the term 'start as you mean to go on' will be familiar enough. Experience also confirms that it is not uncommon for those who readily participate in (and derive benefits of membership from) particular associations, or communities, may,...

November 4, 2019

Media coverage over this past weekend has raised some interesting questions. News of a conference at Trinity College Dublin, reports allegations of "cowardice" within the Irish episcopate and "fundamental dysfunction" within seminaries. Elsewhere, video footage has bee...

November 2, 2019

As any informed observer will confirm, vocabulary in the Church is, like any other social community, subject to change. Take by way of example, the ubiquitous use of the term "Eucharistic Minister", with the de facto abandonment of the prefix "Extraordinary".   It has...

October 27, 2019

A mainstream English broadsheet newspaper recently reported on the Amazon Synod. The feature recalled one of the indigenous peoples as having commented: "Eden is here and we are destroying it..."   More recently, NCR has presented coverage on the recommendations made b...

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