Viewpoints: A progressive Catholic responds

I WAS DISAPPOINTED to read several letters published by CatholicNews attacking Mary Gordon for her article “Why I stay: A parable from a progressive Catholic” (CN, Apr 25, 2010), where she advocated the need for Church reforms in the wake of the ongoing scandals involving sex abuse of children by priests.These letters predictably took the [...]

Viewpoints: Improperly attired Catholics a distraction to others

I REFER TO the article “Church must decide on decorum at Mass” (CN, May 9, 2010). The church dress code is not confined to Sunday Mass, but whenever we are in church. This has always been emphasised by the Church, priests in their homilies, Catholic News articles, and parish bulletins.For example, the Church of the [...]

Viewpoints: Music for Mass not liturgical

I AM A retired organist. During Lent and Easter, I visited some parishes and I question the choice of music used for Mass.I have attended various workshops conducted by the Liturgical Music Committee under the Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission and what is taught there is not followed by a number of parishes. Don’t parish choir masters [...]

Improperly attired Catholics a distraction to others

I REFER TO the article “Church must decide on decorum at Mass” (CN, May 9, 2010). The church dress code is not confined to Sunday Mass, but whenever we are in church. This has always been emphasised by the Church, priests in their homilies, Catholic News articles, and parish bulletins.For example, the Church of the [...]

Singapore priests use new media at the Service of the Word

EVERY MONDAY MORNING at about 8.30am, Father Luke Fong sits in front of his computer, logs onto Blogger.com, and publishes an entry for the week. He has been doing this diligently for the past 10 months since he first registered his blog titled “Reflections and Ruminations” (http://frlukefong.blogspot.com).In his former parish of the Immaculate Heart of [...]

Clergy Sex Abuse And Celibacy

GOA, Apr. 13, 2010, 09:50 Hrs (Averthanus L. D’Souza): In the face of the growing criticism of the Catholic Church in the wake of the revelations of the sexual abuse of minors by some members of the clergy, Catholics tend to react in one of two ways. Some of them pretend that the problem is [...]

Parishioner turned parish priest

NDREW WONG As the parish of the Holy Spirit celebrates its Golden Jubilee this Pentecost, there is one person for whom this milestone is a real homecoming. Joyce Gan reportsFATHER ANDREW WONG, aged 60, is parish priest of the Church of the Holy Spirit. But not so many know that he also grew up in [...]

New words… deeper meaning… same Mass

Missal translation approved.VATICAN CITY – After nine years of work involving Vatican officials, English-speaking bishops around the world and hundreds of consultants, Pope Benedict XVI received a complete version of the English translation of the Roman Missal.The white-bound, gold-edged missal, which contains all of the prayers used at Mass, was given to the pope during [...]

World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

IN MAY 2008, Pope Benedict XVI designated May 24, the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, as the annual World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. He has composed and asked that Catholics recite this prayer:Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother, venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan [...]