Category: Articles

The Mass: a ‘Holy Sacrifice’?

In what sense is the Mass a 'Holy Sacrifice'? Does God want violence? Has the meaning of 'sacrifice' been redefined by the Cross? Sean O'Conaill reviews an important recent article by Anthony R. Lusvardi S.J.

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Irish Mission Now? Some More Questions

Aidan Hart believes that Bishop Donal McKeown's call to 'mission' in Derry "still has to  move from vision to detailed plans, from aims to objectives, from Bishop to local clergy and laity".

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Irish Mission Now?

For Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry, 'maintenance' of the Irish Catholic church is not enough: we need to move to 'mission' - a new 'going out'. How will this be possible?

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Failing to prepare is preparing to fail

Aidan Hart challenges what he sees as a completely inadequate response by the Catholic hierarchy to a multi-dimensional church crisis.

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Faith Formation and Fear of Shame: Sean O’Conaill

Why have Irish Bishops not researched the reasons for the disappearance of school-going teenagers from church? Have they cause for concern about the likely results of such research?

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Deacon Chat

An initiative called “DeaconChat” has the goal of bringing Catholics, ordained and laity together in conversation to continue to learn and discern together on this subject.

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An Easter Experience: Memorial Celebration   

Teresa Mee's account of an experience she had recently of celebrating a memorial.

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A Thought for Easter

Easter Sunday is the time for Christians to rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus the Christ and, with the indwelling power and guidance of His Holy Spirit, to strengthen their resolve to resurrect the whole of humanity by the constant practice of unconditional love.

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Resurrection?

How are we to understand what happened to convince the earliest Christians that Jesus had risen from the dead? Did the apostles resurrect Jesus out of fond memory, or did the Father intervene?

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Marie Collins: Complete statement to NCR on resignation from papal commission

The complete text of Marie Collins' statement to the National Catholic Reporter on her resignation from the Papal Commission for the Protection of Minors

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