Aidan Hart suggests an appropriate New Year’s resolution for ACI Catholics which would help bring about the necessary reforms of the Church into a Christ-centered lay movement, humbly served by priests and hierarchy.
Eugene McElhinney and Sean O'Conaill - retired colleagues in the same Irish Catholic second-level school - are optimistic about the long-term impact of René Girard's key insights on Catholic Education.
What underlies the tendency that drives so much consumerism and rivalry - even at Christmas? Sean O'Conaill attempts an explanation.
How many Dublin parishes have responded to Archbishop Martin's request for parish pastoral councils to consult their parish communities on faith renewal, beginning November 14th, 2018?
Sean O’Conaill, in a recent letter to the Irish Times, questions that paper’s continued use of the term ‘Catholic Church’ as if that term is describing a unitary entity instead of a much divided reality. The Irish Times refused to publish the letter. It is published on this website (below) to access the response of our readers to the issue.
The Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research wonders when Pope Francis’ Study Commission on The Women’s Diaconate (set up in August 2016) is going to report back and be published and if Cardinal Ladaria is right that it is impossible for the Catholic Church to ordain women to the priesthood or permanent diaconate.
Aidan Hart laments the 'clericalisation of the laity' in the apparent intended role for nine new deacons in the diocese of Down and Connor.
Aidan surveys the spate of Catholic scandals that began in 1985, and calls for the global Catholic Church to be returned to the ownership of its lay people.
Irish abuse survivor asks to meet with Pope to 'understand better' the process whereby Catholic bishops are to be made accountable for handling clerical abuse.
In August 2018 the humanity and fallibility of the papacy was starkly revealed to an Ireland in need of healing and hope - and home-grown leadership.
A New Year Resolution for ACI Catholics
Catholic Education and the Future: Insights from René Girard
What underlies René Girard's 'mimetic desire'?
Dublin Priests Blanking Archbishop on Parish Consultation?
The Diaspora of a Disconnected Church
Women deacons - when will we know?
Deacons: clericalised laymen?
Erring Shepherds - Aidan Hart
Marie Collins asks Pope Francis to explain bishop accountability process: NCR
Pope Francis brings papacy to ground level in Ireland, August 2018
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It was not 'the Catholic Church' that failed to protect children from clerical predators, writes Thomas Reese SJ. It was Catholic bishops and superiors.
'Synodality' - for many the future shape of the Church - to be unpacked in Armagh on 19th January, 2019 - by Fr Gerry O'Hanlon SJ
Against a background of deep division among bishops, Cardinal Reinhard Marx forecasts turmoil over 'tradition' in 2019.
'A Living Fabric has Come Undone...' "In recent years, the Church in the United States has been shaken by various scandals that have gravely affected its credibility..."
Marie Collins speaking on 'How Pope Francis and the heads of Bishops’ conferences might tackle the clerical abuse scandal'
'The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better' Fr. Richard Rohr - Emerging Church ...statistically Catholicism is still the biggest religion.
"Starting out, I never dreamed I would fall foul of Rome." Fr Gerry Moloney tells of his disillusionment with an institution that acts unjustly.
“The homeless and housing crisis is the biggest social problem that Ireland has faced in a generation,” argues Fr. Peter McVerry SJ. He calls for support...
How Pope Francis stays happy in spite of criticism - and what he said about clericalism to Irish Jesuits on August 25th, 2018.
Respected Catholic commentator, John Allen, believes that the February 2019 summit of bishops in Rome could be critical for the present papacy.