A message from ACTA Chair, Martin Bennett in Liverpool
My preparations for the delegates' and leadership conference in Birmingham, Sept 24th, had some questions mixed in with the usual sense of anticipation and enthusiasm which the reports from diocesan groups around the country normally produce, (reports available on the website).
Where are we going with Pope Francis? That’s the question for ACTA’s annual conference. If you can, grab the chance to hear a top observer of the Vatican and the Catholic Church, Marco Politi, on the same subject. During his visit to the UK from 12 to 14 October, and then in Ireland, Politi will illuminate Pope Francis’s renewal polices and the opposition to them, along the lines of his latest book, Pope Francis Among the Wolves. He wants to know what British Catholics think, and there will be discussion after each lecture.
For more than 40 years, Politi has been commenting from Rome on the struggle to update the Catholic Church. As well as studying Pope Francis, he has followed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on more than 80 trips around the world, and has regularly contributed to the BBC, CNN and ABC.
The book he wrote with Carl Bernstein, His Holiness, was an international best seller.
He believes there is a battle going on for the soul of the Catholic Church, in which we are all involved, and where there is no certainty that Pope Francis will win. Come to hear the insights and analysis of a journalist and writer on the inside track.
Chris McDonnell CT 2nd September 2016 To have and to hold and to give
Two weeks ago I wrote a few words about a good man, Bishop Edward Daly who went to the Lord on August 8th. In recent days there has been an appreciation of his life published on the website of the Association of Catholic Priests, ACP, the forum of Irish priests that has been a voice for reform within the Irish Church. Written by Fr. Paddy O’Kane, who knew Edward Daly, his words reflect on the many facets of his life, a well-rounded man in his appreciation of others.
ACTA was born in June 2012 when a group of seven priests wrote a letter to The Tablet calling for greater openness and discussion in the Church. The group will celebrate its 4th Annual Conference on 26th November. What is ACTA and what is it trying to achieve?
May the angels lead FrJacques Hamel (86) to Paradise, where the Lord will say, well done my good and faithful servant. This act and all recent atrocities are the work of the devil and pure evil. We must redouble our prayer and invoke the Prince of Peace to be with us all. Eternal rest to all those who have died recently.