Monday, 12 January 2015

Clergy Conference Rome

The various Confraternities of Catholic Clergy held an international conference for clergy in Rome last week. The conference had a great number of clergy from the USA, Australia , Britain and Ireland.
This is their second international conference and I am glad to say that I have attended both. The conference is a good mix of formation, prayer and fraternity.

It is important for clergy to meet up and even more so for us Irish to meet brothers from across the globe. Sometimes here in Ireland we can be insular in our thinking but meeting clergy from other countries gives us a more global view of things. We shared openly with each other and learned from each other. Old friendship were renewed and new ones made.

The Confraternities together released some press statements which I reproduce here :

Statement in support of Marriage.
The International gathering of Confraternities of Catholic Clergy meeting in Rome (January 5th to 9th 2015), have discussed issues pertinent to the forthcoming Synod on the Family in response to the Holy Father’s call for reflection. The fathers pledge their unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality as proclaimed in the Word of God and set out clearly in the Church’s Ordinary and Universal Magisterium.
Confraternity priests from Australia, Great Britain, Ireland and the United States commit themselves to the work of presenting anew the Good News about marriage and family life in all its fullness and helping, with the Lord’s compassion, those who struggle to follow the Gospel in a secular society. The Confraternities, furthermore, affirm the importance of upholding the Church’s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments and that doctrine and practice must remain firmly and inseparably in harmony.



Conference media release

The second international conference of the Confraternities of Catholic Clergy brought together in Rome bishops, priests, deacons and seminarians from the English-speaking world. The conference theme, Quo Vadis Domine?, invited participants to review the mission of the Church, and the mission of the priest, 50 years after Vatican II and in light of Pope Francis’ exhortations to evangelisation.
Speakers included Cardinal George Pell who heads the Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal Angelo Amato who heads the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, and Archbishop Joseph Di Noia, who is Assistant Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Cardinal Pell addressed the mission of the Church, relating the need for clear and unambiguous witness to Christ. The Confraternities of Catholic Clergy, in their service to the Church and the world, are committed to prophetic witness which challenges contemporary culture. We share the Holy Father’s care and concern for the family, and pray that the upcoming Synod enables the Church to more effectively proclaim Christ’s vision of marriage and family.
Cardinal Amato addressed the mystery of the Church, and exhorted priests sentire cum ecclesia: to think with the mind of the Church, to love the Church, and to identify as sons of the Church. The Confraternities of Catholic Clergy renew their allegiance to the Holy See, especially in matters of faith and morals. We recognise obedience to the authority of the Church as obedience to Christ.
Archbishop Di Noia addressed the nature and mission of priesthood, emphasising the sublime call of sacramental ministry. Our challenge as priests is to be interiorly conformed to Christ – to become for our people what sacramental orders bestow. The Confraternities of Catholic Clergy are committed to assisting their members to grow in zeal, learning and holiness. To that end we endorse celibacy for the kingdom as the norm for priests in the Latin Rite. We recognise celibacy not only as a discipline, but also as a rich and fruitful means to conformity to Christ.
A highlight of the conference was the opportunity to celebrate the sacred liturgy in some of Rome’s most beautiful and historical basilicas. On the Feast of the Epiphany we were able to concelebrate Mass with Pope Francis at St Peter’s Basilica. Our liturgical celebrations were assisted and enhanced by Dublin’s Lassus Scholars, who excel at choral masterpieces sung in their authentic liturgical setting.
An important fruit of this year’s conference is a resolve among the Confraternities to consolidate our fellowship and shared mission. An international Secretariat will be established to further co-operation between the Confraternities in Australia, Ireland, the UK and the US. In time, perhaps similar Confraternities can be founded in other English-speaking countries, providing fraternal support and ongoing formation to clergy in those places. News on that development will be posted on the Confraternity websites.

Here are a few photo's :

Monday, 10 November 2014

Pope speakes with forked tongue.

Do you remember the old "Cowboys and Indian" films. One of the Indians would say "white man speak with forked tongue".

Well now we know that Pope Francis "speak with forked tongue". He told the Synod Fathers they could be free in what they said. Don't be afraid speak what is truly on your mind.
Yeh right as they say in Dublin. He demotion of Cardinal Burke proves the opposite. Any one who speaks in defense of Tradition be afraid, be very afraid.

Cardinal Burke is seen as the leader of the traditional faction and has received his punishment for speaking freely. He has been sacked as president of the Apostolic Signatura and given the nominal position of Patron of the Order of Malta.

There is though a silver lining , now that His  Eminence is not tied to any Roma Curial position it frees him up considerably. He is now free to say what he wants and long may he do so.

Make no mistake, Cardinal Burke is a genuine son of the Church. He speaks clearly and lives his life simply. Unlike the Holy Father who says one thing and means another. Francis is a consummate  politician who lacks true humility. He  projects a particular lifestyle but that is all it is.

There are already enough myths around the Pope . First he lives simply in St. Marthas. Not really this pope has more space than all his predecessor. He now has both the Apostolic Palace which he works in and also his rooms in St Martha's.
He refuses to wear the papal shoes but his so called simple black shoes cost more as they are a special orthopedic shoes.
He drives around in a Ford Focus in between 3 to 4 large 4x4 police cars. Sorry but if you wanted to live a simple life would it not be easier to sit in one of the police cars.
His famous who am I to judge when it comes to gays was preceded by a letter as Bishop of Buenos Aires calling gay marriage diabolical.

I don't always agree with Cardinal Burke but at least with him you get what you see. He says what he means. Unlike the Pope who speaks with forked tongue. Our Lord taught us to speak  simply " Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil".

We ought to pray for Cardinal Burke, pray that the Lord will give him the strength to continue to be a Paul to Peter.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Traditional Latin Mass Pilgrimage to Knock


The Traditional Latin Mass pilgrimage will take place in Knock on September 6th .
The pilgrimage will begin with a Missa Canatata at 2pm followed by Stations of the Cross and then Benediction. All ceremonies take place in the Parish Church.

Knock Shrine has a traditional Latin Mass every second Sunday of the month at 5.30pm in the Parish Church.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Cloyne Diocesan changes 2014



Most Rev William Crean has accepted the resignation from office of V. Rev Tom Browne, PP Youghal, V. Rev. Dan Gould, PP Killavullen, and V Rev. Neilus O’Donnell, PP, Rathcormac,to come into effect on 6th September.

Bishop Crean has made the following appointments in the Diocese of Cloyne with effect from Saturday September 6th:


V Rev David Herlihy, PP Newmarket, to be PP Youghal
Rev Francis Manning, CC Macroom, to be PP Newmarket
Rev Eamon McCarthy, CC Freemount, to be CC Macroom

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V Rev Michael Leamy, Adm Cobh, to be PP Rathcormac
Rev John McCarthy, CC Cobh, to be Adm. Cobh

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Rev Gerard Condon, Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education, to be PP Killavullen and Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education (Post-Primary)

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Rev Jim Killeen, Pastoral Coordinator, to further studies
Rev Jim Moore, CC, Mallow, to be Diocesan Secretary
Rev Paul Bennett, further studies, to be CC Mallow

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Rev Patrick Relihan, Chaplain, Colaiste na Trionoide, Youghal, to further studies
Rev Michael Murphy, CC Youghal, to sabbatical leave                     
Rev Patrick Corkery, CC Inch, to be CC Youghal
Rev Damien Lynch, CC Fermoy, to be chaplain Colaiste na Troinoide, Youghal
Rev Mark Hehir, seconded to Diocese of Cork and Ross, to be CC Fermoy


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Rev Gabriel Burke, CC Carrigtwohill, to be CC Mitchelstown
Rev James Greene, CC Mitchelstown, to be CC Carrigtwohill


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Rev Sean Corkery to be Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education (Primary) and Director of Adult Faith Formation

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wednesday, 5th week of Lent

Daniel 3:14-20,24-25,28
King Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, is it true that you do not serve my gods, and that you refuse to worship the golden statue I have erected? When you hear the sound of horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, or any other instrument, are you prepared to prostrate yourselves and worship the statue I have made? If you refuse to worship it, you must be thrown straight away into the burning fiery furnace; and where is the god who could save you from my power?’ Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘Your question hardly requires an answer: if our God, the one we serve, is able to save us from the burning fiery furnace and from your power, O king, he will save us; and even if he does not, then you must know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the statue you have erected.’ These words infuriated King Nebuchadnezzar; his expression was very different now as he looked at Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. He gave orders for the furnace to be made seven times hotter than usual, and commanded certain stalwarts from his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the burning fiery furnace.
  Then King Nebuchadnezzar sprang to his feet in amazement. He said to his advisers, ‘Did we not have these three men thrown bound into the fire?’ They replied, ‘Certainly, O king.’ ‘But,’ he went on ‘I can see four men walking about freely in the heart of the fire without coming to any harm. And the fourth looks like a son of the gods.’
  Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, ‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego: he has sent his angel to rescue the servants who, putting their trust in him, defied the order of the king, and preferred to forfeit their bodies rather than serve or worship any god but their own.’

John 8:31-42
To the Jews who believed in him Jesus said:
‘If you make my word your home
you will indeed be my disciples,
you will learn the truth
and the truth will make you free.’
They answered, ‘We are descended from Abraham and we have never been the slaves of anyone; what do you mean, “You will be made free”?’ Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
everyone who commits sin is a slave.
Now the slave’s place in the house is not assured,
but the son’s place is assured.
So if the Son makes you free,
you will be free indeed.
I know that you are descended from Abraham;
but in spite of that you want to kill me
because nothing I say has penetrated into you.
What I, for my part, speak of
is what I have seen with my Father;
but you, you put into action
the lessons learnt from your father.’
They repeated, ‘Our father is Abraham.’ Jesus said to them:
‘If you were Abraham’s children,
you would do as Abraham did.
As it is, you want to kill me
when I tell you the truth
as I have learnt it from God;
that is not what Abraham did.
What you are doing is what your father does.’
‘We were not born of prostitution,’ they went on ‘we have one father: God.’ Jesus answered:
‘If God were your father, you would love me,
since I have come here from God;
yes, I have come from him;
not that I came because I chose,
no, I was sent, and by him.’


In the Gospel the listeners of Jesus emphasise they are descendant from Abraham. Our faith is based on a relationship with Christ and through Him we have entered the community of love , The Blessed Trinity.
That relationship has an effect on our lives. Like the three lads in the first reading, sometimes those decisions can bring us into difficult situations. Yet through their persistence in following God's Law the three lads change the kings attitude.
We, too, can have a similar effect on people. At times we may feel that we are alone, but like the lads in the fire, we will always have God and His angels with us. Through our faithfulness to the ways of God we too can change attitudes in people and bring about conversions.

Today we pray that we may deepen our relationship with Christ and allow that relationship to be seen in our everyday life.