Monthly Archives: October 2014

Weekly Homily from Father Jim Hogan for All Saints/All Souls Day, November 2, 2014

•I Kings 19: 9, 11-13  • Romans 9: 1-5 • Matthew 14: 22-33• Please note: the readings listed above are not available on the USCCB website for All Saints/All Souls day.  You will need to look them up the old … Continue reading

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Pope Frank, Open Debate at the Synod

By The Editors, October 28, 2014, Commonweal Magazine On-Line “Speak frankly,” Pope Francis said at the opening of this month’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family. “Let no one say, ‘I can’t say this. They’ll think such-and-such about me.’” That isn’t … Continue reading

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English Translation of the Final Synod Document

The Vatican has at last released the English translation of the final document, called the Relatio Synodi, from the recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops held earlier this month from October 5 to Otober 14.  You can access it by clicking … Continue reading

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Looking to the 2015 Synod

This is a good perspective on what we need to be looking to do in the year ahead and until the Ordinary Synod in 2015.  I urge everyone to work with your local parish and diocese to see that your … Continue reading

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Next on Pope Francis’ agenda: Curia reform, personnel moves, a revamped synod

I had the good fortune to meet and talk to the reporter of this article on my recent trip to Rome.  He has been in Rome for 18 years, first working for Vatican Radio.  He has some very good connections … Continue reading

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A Week Ago Today

A week ago today was my last day in Rome.  Now that I am just about rested up from jet lag, I can share that experience with you.  But first, a bit about getting home:  it took a while.  At … Continue reading

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Weekly Homily from Father Jim Hogan for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 26, 2014

•Exodus 22: 20-26  • 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 • Matthew 22: 34-40• Weekly Scripture Readings: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Lectionary we currently use in liturgy is far superior to the Pre-Vatican II edition.  Yet those who compiled this Lectionary did … Continue reading

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One More Day in Rome

I returned to Rome on Friday, making almost perfectly timed connections back to Rome from Fiumalbo in the northern Apennines where I had spent 4 days.  The trip back began with standing along the road outside the wonderful hotel I … Continue reading

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Weekly Homily from Father Jim Hogan for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 19, 2014

•Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6 • 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-5 • Matthew 22: 15-21• Weekly Scripture Readings: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time After the Vietnam War, the military draft was ended and today the United States military is composed citizens who freely … Continue reading

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Catholic Church returns to pluriformity of Vatican II

By Neil Ormerod, October 19, 2014, Eureka Street, Australian Jesuit On-line Journal It’s not often that Catholics get to see the processes of Church decision making made so transparent. The recent reports from the Synod on the Family have been … Continue reading

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