"At this point in the Catholic Church's long-running saga of the sexual abuse of children by priests there are few surprises and fewer heroes. The two-day "summit" in the Vatican that wrapped up on Tuesday brought the bishops of Ireland together to meet with Pope Benedict XVI to discuss the issue, much as leaders of the American hierarchy were summoned to Rome for an overnight palaver with Pope John Paul II in 2002. "
Bridget Mary's Reflection:
What the church needs now is a new St Patrick and St. Brigit!
How about a renewed church, rooted in partnership and equality that is Christ-centered, Spirit-led and justice oriented! Perhaps, a modern day verison of the the early Celtic model of St. Brigit of Kildare where women and men, celibate and married, lived side by side in a double monastery and raised their children in Christian Community. The church in Ireland needs a vibrant transformation that is rooted in Celtic spirituality. Some of this treasury includes a celebration of creativity, poetry, hospitality to the stranger, a warm welcome to all who cross our path, service to the poor, connectedness to earth and living beings, equal partnership between women and men, a mystical sense of communion with life and a dynamic embrace of a loving God who is very fond of us and the communion of saints as family members.