Category: Egan

Reflection for 1st Sunday in Lent

At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry… (Mt 4:1-2) Today’s...

The Martyr’s Progress

By Fr Anthony Egan SJ – On March 24, 1980, a great, holy man was martyred. Oscar Romero, the Catholic archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador, was shot by agents of a right-wing death...

Remodelling the Church

In the song A New Argentina from the Lloyd Webber/Rice musical Evita, the generals sing: We face the world together with no dissent from within.For many, sympathisers and critics, this may seem the position...

How to communicate well

Sometimes it seems that we never forgave Gutenberg for inventing his printing press! Though the Church has engaged with various forms of public media from the beginning, we have a long way to go....

Ordained ministry renewed

Although it has been seen primarily as a pastoral council, Vatican II had a dramatic impact on ordained ministry. It restored the permanent diaconate and it called on the Church to rethink the ministerial...

Education for freedom

Youth Day on June 16 can all too easily be reduced to just another holiday commemorating yet another figure or group engaged in South Africas democratisation. To do this we sell the youth of...

Unity in Christian diversity

Vatican II had a lot to say about the scandal of divided Christianity, indeed a whole decree (Unitatis Redintegratio, 1964) was written about ecumenism. And non-Catholics welcomed it enthusiastically. Yet we are still far...

Mary and Christian unity

Catholics worship Mary, not Jesus, you hear many Christians say, particularly evangelical and Pentecostals. No we dont, we reply. But then you hear of some of the theologically dubious devotional practices of fellow Catholics...