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What youth really need today

In this article from the Catholic World Report, Fr Nicholas Gregoris looks at what young people need and at some of the responses they are given by the Church and the world. He says, “Teens are hormonal. Hormones, like feelings and emotions, mutate—and do so frequently. They are unreliable measuring sticks of goodness, truth and beauty.  The Church, on the other hand, is by her very nature “conservative.” The “Magisterium” preserves (“conserves”) the unchanging “Depositum Fidei” (Deposit of Faith) and … Read More

Vocations Crisis in Ireland

Do not expect the young Catholic men of this country to commit their lives to anything less than the fullness of truth!Ignoring the CrisisAs news circulated earlier this year about the Irish Bishops’ departure for their ad limina visit to Pope Francis, one of the most prominent stories was that they would not be proposing that Pope Francis readmit to the priesthood men who had left ministry to marry. The Irish Catholic newspaper reported (12/01) that the bishops had discussed … Read More

Maynooth – a crisis in Spiritual Formation

I Will Give You ShepherdsIn March 1992 – almost twenty-five years ago – Pope Saint John Paul II issued his Post-Synodal Exhoration Pastores Dabo Vobis (I Will Give You Shepherds), on the formation of priests. In this document, which has become the point of reference with regard to priestly formation since the Second Vatican Council, Pope John Paul refers to four areas of priestly formation, namely human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation. While the Pope stated that the work of … Read More