Well, here I am again, at my desk after a holiday break of a few weeks. Thanks to Louise Gannon, Helene O’Neill and John Donnelly who shared with you their wise words and thoughts while I was away.
Recently our family experienced the baptism of three children in a Catholic Church. These children were siblings of a family who, for various reasons, had decided to celebrate once rather than three times. The parish was able to accommodate this request exclusively on a Sunday afternoon after they had been introduced to the worshipping community the week before.
I remember seeing a scene in a movie some time ago where one of the characters, a mother, said to a group of teenage girls as she was serving them mocktails, “I’m a cool mum.” She was telling them the drinks didn’t contain alcohol, but if they wanted to drink, she preferred they did it in the house.
I wonder if, like me, you were curious and hopeful when you heard the news that Pope Francis ‒ responding to a question posed by members of the International Union of Superiors General (IUSG) in May 2016 – had established a commission to study the question of ordaining women deacons in the Roman Catholic Church.