Our faith should indeed determine our politics, argues Sean O'Conaill - in agreement with Archbishop Eamon Martin. However, in the wake of the Ryan report of 2009, a whole new conversation about that needs to happen.
Love before Knowledge: Aidan Hart suggests that the religious education of Catholic children and young people should follow the sequence of the Confession, Gloria and Credo of the Mass.
St William Parish, Louisville, Kentucky - the future for Irish parishes - ploughed by Irish emigrants from 1901. (Republished by permission of NCR)
What different path might the Catholic Church in Ireland have taken, if this 1964 Vatican II declaration had led to never-ending dialogue in every Irish parish?
That Jesus called people to ‘follow me’ in the Gospel is indisputable, but was he calling some to a primary role of ‘ministry’ and others to be merely deferential receivers of that ministry – a secondary role? Sean O'Conaill thinks otherwise.
The ACI Steering Group asks for feedback from members on the progress of lay involvement in an Irish church running increasingly short of clergy.
On May 7, 2019 Pope Francis said his own experts could not agree on whether women were ordained as deacons in the same way that men were in the early church. The Wijngaards Institute suggests that the Pope should consult documents in the Vatican library to clear his own mind on the subject.
Is the 'worldliness' that Jesus 'conquered' the same as the 21st century 'status anxiety' that led to high-profile cheating re US university admissions? Sean O'Conaill thinks so, and offers a 'cure'.
In the week of February 4th-8th 2019, Richard Rohr OFM reflects on the history of Christian understanding of the meaning of the crucifixion of Jesus.
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.
Readying Irish Catholic Faith for the ‘Public Square’
Gloria Before Credo
Can laypeople lead a parish? Look to Louisville, KY, USA
High Time for Lumen Gentium No. 37 (1964)?
When did Jesus call anyone to a secondary role in the church?
'Lay involvement' - is it happening in your parish?
Pope Francis' experts disagree on the issue of women deacons
21st Century 'Status Anxiety' is Gospel 'Worldliness'
Richard Rohr - Jesus and the Cross
A New Year Resolution for ACI Catholics
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With the priestly manpower crisis building in Ireland, Irish Bishops need to attend to Article 37 of Lumen Gentium when they meet on October 1st, 2019
Joan Chittister and Mary McAleese to receive prestigious European Award In Trinity College Dublin - Sat Nov 2nd, 2019
Does the deepening crisis of the Irish Catholic Church now demand the implementation of Catholic lay 'Rights', as declared by Vatican II's Lumen Gentium, Article 37?
Deeply divided politically, US Catholics may be their country's best hope of healing, says Thomas Reese
Comment on the Prayers of the Faithful from “A Very Appreciative Priest” Just a quick note to thank you for the excellent prayers of the faithful you...
What does 'faith development' mean to you? This Mater Dei research project wants to hear from everyone interested.
An October 2019 synod in Rome will discuss the possibility of ordaining 'elders' - married men - for indigenous communities with too few priests.
Responding to a call from James Carroll to 'abolish the priesthood' Thomas Reese SJ insists that clericalism results simply from human ambition.
Thu 13th June, 2019 - Activist and Pastor Brandan Robertson to speak to We Are Church Ireland on LGBT inclusion.