Category: Articles

I got a bit worried about myself over Christmas…

Jo O’Sullivan, a member of ACI and a regular contributor to the ACI and ACP forums, tells us of her Christmas and says that she “became a bit ‘Holy!'” Click here to read “I got a bit worried about myself over Christmas!”

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‘Grass Roots’ must be consulted [NCR December 10th]

In responding to a Vatican directive to listen “as widely as possible” to Catholics’ views on issues like contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce, bishops globally must gather information from the “grass roots” of the faithful, the Vatican official overseeing the process said Friday. The consultation, being taken in preparation for a 2014 Vatican meeting of...

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Family Composition Statistics: something to consider as you take our survey.

Family Composition Statistics Some information from the 2011 Census (in the Republic of Ireland) may help as background information for the Synod Survey. This presents an accurate picture of Irish society in 2011 which can greatly inform how you consider your own parish when taking the survey.    All private households Households % Persons %...

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A Crossroads for Women in the Church: Joan Chittister

The 20th-century Jesuit philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote: “The only task worthy of our efforts is to construct the future.” My concern today is how to construct a new future for women around the world through the global outreach of the church. The American Academy of Religion and its companion association, the Society of...

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Our Social Media Pope!

Named this week as the Time Magazine Person of the Year for 2013, Pope Francis did indeed garner this title for many of the reasons that we here at acireland.ie have shared with you over the past nine months. Howard Chua-Eoan, a contributor to Time, gives a short commentary on why Francis was chosen for this...

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In Preparation for the Synods of 2014 & 2015: Prof Dr Joseph Selling

When Vatican II drew up its document ‘On Fostering the Nobility of Marriage and the Family’ (Gaudium et Spes, Part II, chapter 1, para. 47-52) the Bishops invited and listened to the voices of married persons and were attentive to their personal experiences. The result was a renewed, more realistic teaching. However, when the 1980...

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EVANGELII GAUDIUM (The joy of the Gospel) – Highlights

EVANGELII GAUDIUM – THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL HIGHLIGHTS FROM CHAPTER ONE Quotes from the Popes first Apostolic Exhortation  Pope Francis has issued his first Apostolic Exhortation today, Evangelii Gaudium,  The Joy of the Gospel. The 224-page document outlines the Pope’s vision for a missionary Church, whose “doors should always be open”.  Here are some...

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The Francis Effect (Nov 2013)

Why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis by Jonathan Freedland, Guardian, (Fri 15th Nov 2013) “As if this weren’t enough to have Francis’s 76-year-old face on the walls of the world’s student bedrooms, he also seems set to lead a church campaign on the environment. He was photographed this week with anti-fracking activists,...

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Another Look at Gaudium et Spes (by Margaret Lee)

Gaudium et Spes – The Church in the Modern World  (read it here …..) A Catholic magazine, published in Spain, recently judged that the greatest scandal of Catholicism is that we are not a church of the poor.  The election of Pope Francis might help us to redress this failing but it is possible that...

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Like us on Facebook!

ACI now has its own page on Facebook.  We hope this will be another way both to allow for dialogue and debate, and also to let more people know what we are up to.  If you are on Facebook, please like us… and let your facebook friends know about us too! Check us out on...

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