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Religion

  • Uncontaminated religion

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 4, 1-2.6-8; James 1, 17-18.21-22.27; Mark 7, 1-8.14-15.21-23. One of the best books I’ve read these past years remains the one by philosopher John Caputo, What Would Jesus Deconstruct? Caputo provides a glimpse of...

  • Embryo freezing and surrogacy

    Embryo freezing and surrogacy

    In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) legislation is being reviewed at inter-ministerial level in the light of EU law and some recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. Proposals made include introducing the freezing of embryos and permitting...

  • Quotes and news

    In a homily in Singapore, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said: “Today’s Gospel invites the Christian community to look with some urgency at new and creative ways of carrying forward the proclamation of the Gospel of salvation in a changing society. This...

  • Vision and memory

    Today’s readings: Joshua 24, 1-2.15-18; Ephesians 5, 21-32; John 6, 60-69. It has never been easy or plain sailing to believe in God and to hold on to God’s word in the Scriptures as true and powerful enough to suit our needs and challenges.

  • Relocating morals in the public sphere

    Relocating morals in the public sphere

    At the turn of the millennium, Amitai Etzioni, one of the world’s leading sociologists, published a book entitled The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society. During the Clinton administration he frequented the corridors of...

  • Quotes and news

    In an address before and after reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis said: “Our lives, seen in the light Mary’s Assumption into Heaven, is not a wandering without meaning, but a...

  • Folly and wisdom

    Today’s readings: Proverbs 9, 1-6; Ephesians 5, 15-20; John 6, 51-58. When we analyse our life and behaviour, it is not all folly or all wisdom. Folly and wisdom alternate in the way we manage our lives. There are circumstances when folly takes...

  • Friends and brothers

    Friends and brothers

    The upcoming 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate – the declaration on the relations of the Catholic Church to non-Christian religions – proclaimed by Blessed Pope Paul VI on October 28, 1965, comes at a time when in spite of the persecutions still...

  • Quotes and news

    In an interview with conservative US Catholic newspaper the National Catholic Register, Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said: “I am confident there will be no change in doctrine.” Schönborn added that there is “deep continuity”...

  • Visions of God

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 19, 4-8; Ephesians 4, 30 - 5,2; John 6, 41-51. In our faith journeys, it is the vision we have of God that darkens or enlightens our paths. Elijah is an outstanding prophet in the Hebrew Bible. Yet the Elijah narrated to...

  • The circle of life

    The circle of life

    Much has already been said and written on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’. The dust will not settle fast on an encyclical which has been labelled as being ‘red’ and ‘green’ by different political and lobby groups. Similar to his exhortation...

  • Quotes and news

    Thirty-seven years ago, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger delivered a homily on the occasion of the death of Pope Paul VI who died on the Feast of the Transfiguration, 6-8-1978. It is still relevant today: “Paul VI increasingly let himself be led...

  • Christians by choice

    Today’s readings: Exodus 16, 2-4. 12-15; Ephesians 4, 17. 20-24; John 6, 24-35. Exodus stands for exit. Exit from a condition, from a situation of slavery that may be political as much as social, or cultural as much as one of personal character.

  • Priests and people

    Priests and people

    The exaggerated emphasis on the distinction between priests and people is well past its time. A new scenario is necessary and it demands a change of mentality both on the part of priests and on the part of people. It is time we stop equating the...

  • Quotes and news

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo took a very strong position against the proposal of Philippines Vice-President Jejomar Binay who suggested ending the six-year term limits for presidents. Pabillo said the idea would lead to abuse of...

  • Feeding the Soul

    Today’s readings: 2 Kings 4,42-44; Ephesians 4,1-6; John 6,1-15 The soul needs its nourishment. You need not be a religious or devout person to understand that. Today we speak of the soul of the world or of politics or even of religion. Whatever...

  • Adults and gentlemen

    Adults and gentlemen

    Sorry, but I cannot see why pornography and sex for its own sake can be designated as an adult and gentlemen’s activity. I can’t see what responsible adulthood and gentlemanly qualities have to do with the sexploitation of human beings through...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said: “The solutions to global poverty and hunger cannot be left to market forces alone. “To eradicate poverty and hunger, in particular extreme poverty and...

  • Spirit, touch your Church

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 23, 1-6; Ephesians 2, 13-18; Mark 6, 30-34. Hillsong United Band is a worship band formed in 1998 as a youth ministry. Since its formation it has released annual live albums of worship songs. Today’s scriptures remind me...

  • Our inner struggle

    Our inner struggle

    A few years ago I attended a retreat with a group of priests.It was different from other retreats as it was more experiential and we were asked to delve into our spiritual life. After days of reflection we had to share with the group the basic...

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