Category: Articles

PureMentalNI: ‘Children of the Troubles’ have had Enough of Adult Inaction

Mental health provision is now an issue for NI school students - and with politics in a quagmire the churches could play a role too, they say.

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Irish Catholic Schools: Avoidance of Research Threatens Integrity

A retired principal's candour raises a stark question: is avoidance of research into the true state of 'faith formation' in Irish Catholic schools fostering hypocrisy?

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Global Crisis, Global Advent, Global Christmas … Global Pentecost?

Unprecedented global crisis, growing disillusionment with 'charismatic' political leadership, the young outraged. Thomas Reese in the NCR sees reasons for Advent hope.

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The Two Popes: What have they said to one another?

With speculation rife on how two living popes view one another, Des Brady reviews an equally speculative Netflix movie on the subject.

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Readying Irish Catholic Faith for the ‘Public Square’

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.

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Gloria Before Credo

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.

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Can laypeople lead a parish? Look to Louisville, KY, USA

St William Parish, Louisville, Kentucky - the future for Irish parishes - ploughed by Irish emigrants from 1901. (Republished by permission of NCR)

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High Time for Lumen Gentium No. 37 (1964)?

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?

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When did Jesus call anyone to a secondary role in the church?

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.

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‘Lay involvement’ – is it happening in your parish?

The ACI Steering Group asks for feedback from members on the progress of lay involvement in an Irish church running increasingly short of clergy.

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