Saturday, January 29, 2011

Catholics need more than ads to come home
Sydney Morning Herald
Eric Hodgens
January 28, 2011
Cardinal George Pell is thinking about adopting Catholics Come Home - a TV advertising program launched in Chicago in December 2009. Well-produced ads invite Catholics who have given up the church to come back and try it again.

Monday, January 17, 2011

So, are they criminals?

Vatican edict in 1997 rejected calls to report priests who abused
PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Mon, Jan 17, 2011
A 1997 VATICAN directive rejected a recommendation by the Irish Catholic Church that priests who abused children should be reported to the civil authorities, it has emerged.
The disclosure is made in an RTÉ documentary to be broadcast tonight, which also reports that an Irish bishop described the Vatican directive as “a mandate . . . to conceal the reported crimes of a priest”.
The Would You Believe documentary, Unspeakable Crimes , is broadcast on RTÉ One television at 10.35pm...........

© 2011 The Irish Times

Rome told bishops not to report abuse

By Lynne Kelleher and Stephen Rogers
Irish - Monday, January 17, 2011
A LETTER sent to Irish bishops in 1997 shows that the Vatican secretly blocked attempts to report paedophile priests to gardaí.
In the letter, the bishops are urged not to report clerical abuse as a criminal offense.
This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Monday, January 17, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pope John Paul II-Beatification and Controversy

We Are Church: Beatification of a controversial, contradictory Pope

Pope John Paul II, whose beatification will be celebrated on 1 May 2011, was a pope of great contradiction. His tragedy lies in the discrepancy between his commitment to reform and dialogue in the world and his return to authoritarianism within the church.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Prayer for Ordination of Women to be taken to the Wailing Wall in Isreal

Dear Readers,
     Two new followers, Bruce and Susan, will be traveling to Israel within the next few weeks.  They will take this prayer to the Wailing Wall, and in addition to this, they will pray there for all of our needs.  On the back of this prayer, I will put your name.  Please feel free to make add comments about your needs below. 

Prayer for Ordination of Women

God our Father and Mother, You have chosen Jesus to reveal Yourself to us. You have given us each other to
show us Your love. You have chosen the priesthood  of your people to be a sign of that your love never fades.
We pray that the Holy Spirit continue to fill us with Your peace and joy as women respond to your call and prepares to be Your priestly servant.  We pray that women priests may proclaim the wonder of Your
faithfulness and love to all through Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen.