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September 14, 2019

This past week has witnessed a number of adverse headlines: admissions made by a Diocese in Australia that those exercising ecclesial oversight were aware of predatory conduct and abuse by a priest permitted to remain in ministry; reports of an American Bishop charteri...

September 11, 2019

As the saying goes, ‘familiarity breeds contempt’.  But what of lack of familiarity? It can take various forms. On one level, it may be taken to mean an absence of knowledge, acquaintance, or, experience. In each case, lack of familiarity may be seen as synonymous with...

August 30, 2019

My attention was recently drawn to a book by Matthew Walker: "Why we Sleep- The new Science of Sleep and Dreams". Published in 2017, it advocates a social re-engagement with sleep, its purpose, its irreplaceable contribution to our well-being, and restorative character...

August 17, 2019

Yesterday, my attention was drawn to reports of a disturbance during the celebration of Mass at the Church of "Assisi Parish", Portland, Oregon. Given the reports, one would be forgiven for presuming that the incident was due to anti-catholic sentiment; orchestrated by...

August 13, 2019

This week, the Church celebrates the feast of St Maximilian Kolbe and The Assumption of Our Blessed Lady into heaven.  The life-long dedication of St Maximilian Kolbe to the Blessed Virgin Mary is well known. Some biographers view this devotion as the defining characte...

August 9, 2019

Those who are frequent visitors to these pages, will have detected more than an element of commitment to the Church and its priesthood. If one might be forgiven an isolated foray into the biographical, my decades of experience within the Church has - with very few exce...

August 7, 2019

Observers of the Irish media will have noted in recent weeks, the newspaper coverage of comments made by a parish priest in Cork, Ireland. Reports indicate that the pastor was more than vexed by the increasing practice, during requiem Mass, of presenting trinkets to th...

August 4, 2019

The conviction of Carl Beech in the United Kingdom has, it would appear, unleashed renewed interest in the preparedness of certain police and other government agencies to presume the veracity of complaints; conferring to the complainant the status of 'victim' long befo...

July 31, 2019

In each of the gospel narratives, there appears an account of how Jesus unceremoniously drove out the cattle and the moneychangers from the temple. The account is invariably cited as justification for the notion of 'righteous anger'.  In John [2:15-17] we read:


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July 29, 2019

The Church has in recent times laid heavy emphasis upon the gift of ‘Mercy’. St John Paul’s interest in, and promotion of, the life of St. Faustina has also prompted many to adopt a particular devotion to the Divine Mercy. Central to this devotion is the chaplet in whi...

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