Monday, March 29, 2010

Aussies talking faith

Take some time out this week to view and engage with this amazing conclusion to the Australian Bishops Series for Lent 2010.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cheeky Comment

Vatican tweets in six languages 

Interesting to note that while the Vatican Twitter account is happy to collect followers, it isn't following anyone!
This only serves to perpetuate the popular perception that the Vatican doesn't need to take notice of anyone outside its own cloisters.
Does the Vatican really think it is the only source of 'multimedia content of special interest for the life of the Church'?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Faces of Faith

In this version of the traditional hymn, Faith Of Our Fathers watch the lovely young man behind Frank Patterson who does not join in this hymn although he had sung a Gaelic piece as part of this concert.This recording  speaks from the dark and tragic history of the shame of sexual abuse which now haunts the once proud Irish Church. The "Faith of the Fathers" betrayed the young and the vulnerable and like the young man in the clip this song fails to stir the heart or capture the spirit of a new generation. Nostalgia is not a grace.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

"Joeys" Launch Mackillop Web Site

Congratulations to the Sisters of St Joseph on the launch of the Mary MacKillop web.The use of flash technology with readable chunks of text are quite a visual treat as well as informative.

Theologian maps 12-step recovery for church

ONE OF Ireland’s most distinguished theologians has recommended a 12-step programme of recovery for the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Fr Enda McDonagh, former professor of Moral Theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, calls for the church leadership to repent more convincingly their failure “in dealing with the crimes of clerical and religious sexual abuse”.

He says “the intellectual weakness of the Irish Church will also require attention” in a contribution that, he says, was prompted by watching excerpts on the TV3 Tonight with Vincent Browne programme of the Catholic bishops’ press conference in Maynooth last Wednesday and, having attended the Tom Kilroy play Christ Deliver Us! at the Abbey Theatre earlier that evening.
Read full article here

Friday, March 12, 2010

Oh dear, another whacko loose in the church!!

Let me introduce you to the "man of the moment" in Vatican circles. This is Father Gabriele Amorth, who now gets more media coverage than BXVI. He has his own Wikipedia entry and a really spooky page of google images which he shares with Hitler, Stalin, the BVM and BVXI!!!!

Dom Gabriel, as he is known in Italian circles of the bizarre is the Vatican’s chief exorcist.As an article in Times Online suggests, his title presumes a host of lesser exorcists who are possibly on call when the good padre falls over as happened recently. This allowed the convalescing de-deviler ample opportunity to give bored journos the kind of material your mother wouldn't let you read before puberty.