Category: Articles

Marie Collins Resigns from Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

"I find it impossible to listen to public statements about the deep concern in the church for the care of those whose lives have been blighted by abuse, yet to watch privately as a congregation in the Vatican refuses to even acknowledge their letters!"

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Was Jesus a whistleblower too?

Why has the Enlightenment dream of a just society proved a mirage, especially in Ireland, and where is integrity to be found? Sean O'Conaill looks for answers to the Gospel.

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Mass, Eucharist and Communion: Teresa Mee

Teresa Mee, a returned missionary sister, feels there is too often no 'communion' with our typical Irish Mass - and explains why.

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What does Pope Francis know of the Irish Church now?

Following recent visits from Taoiseach Enda Kenny and all of Ireland's bishops, what picture of the Irish Church - and its problems - does Pope Francis now have? And what do you see?

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Press Release from ACI on eve of Bishops’ Ad Limina visit to Rome

The ACI expresses deep disappointment that the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference (ICBC) has been unable to agree to bring proposals on ending the celibacy requirement for priestly ministry in Ireland to Pope Francis for their Ad Limina visit to Rome

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“I have come to bring fire to the Earth …”

The Jesus who comes in total vulnerability as a child is the same Jesus who comes to set fire to the cold heart of the world forever.

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Language which Alienates

Does the hierarchical church overuse Latin to overawe, divide and exclude?  Aidan Harte thinks so - and argues for a change in the way church documents are named.

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Media – cruel arbiter of youthful self-respect

With rates of self-harm climbing among young people, Sean O'Conaill argues that we need urgently to respond to the power of media with the Gospel message of the equal and inalienable worth of everyone.

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CDF on cremation & conservation of ashes

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has presented an Instruction regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation.

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Pope Francis Among the Wolves

A survey showed that 20% of Curial officials polled supported Francis, 10% opposed him and 70% are waiting for the next pope!! In the last 100 years no pope has faced such opposition,

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