Category: Articles

Ian Elliott alleges ‘covert’ moves to weaken NBSCCC

For six years Ian Elliott was CEO of the Irish Catholic Church’s ‘National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Church’ (NBSCCC).  During that time he was responsible for imposing accountability for child protection on all Irish dioceses and religious orders.  A northern Presbyterian and a highly regarded child protection professional , he it...

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Pope is Firm in Reshaping the Vatican [New York Times]

Less than a year into his papacy, Pope Francis has raised expectations among the world’s one billion Roman Catholics that change is coming. Jason Horowitz and Jim Yardley report in the New York Times. Click here to read the article…

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A Fractured Family by Jo O’Sullivan

This week Jo O’Sullivan reflects upon dialogue within our church and compares the relationship to that of a ‘fractured family.’ Click here to read  a A Fractured Family and don’t forget to post your comments below…

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“Take Me To Church”

This week, former President Mary McAleese’s discontent with how gay and lesbian people are received in our Church was published. Also this week the Irish artist Hozier climbed international charts with his song Take Me to Church. Accompanied with a dramatic video, this song laments on how unwelcome some souls feel when at church. Mary Anne...

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Life After Veronica by Michael Quinn

The following article, written by Michael Quinn an ACI member, was recently published in the Irish Examiner. It touchingly describes his experience of losing his 23-year-old daughter Veronica. Based in Newry but originally from Cork, Michael and his wife Terri founded the parent-support charity The Family Caring Trust. The Family Caring Trust provides quality parenting resources...

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I got a bit worried about myself over Christmas…

Jo O’Sullivan, a member of ACI and a regular contributor to the ACI and ACP forums, tells us of her Christmas and says that she “became a bit ‘Holy!'” Click here to read “I got a bit worried about myself over Christmas!”

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‘Grass Roots’ must be consulted [NCR December 10th]

In responding to a Vatican directive to listen “as widely as possible” to Catholics’ views on issues like contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce, bishops globally must gather information from the “grass roots” of the faithful, the Vatican official overseeing the process said Friday. The consultation, being taken in preparation for a 2014 Vatican meeting of...

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Family Composition Statistics: something to consider as you take our survey.

Family Composition Statistics Some information from the 2011 Census (in the Republic of Ireland) may help as background information for the Synod Survey. This presents an accurate picture of Irish society in 2011 which can greatly inform how you consider your own parish when taking the survey.    All private households Households % Persons %...

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A Crossroads for Women in the Church: Joan Chittister

The 20th-century Jesuit philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote: “The only task worthy of our efforts is to construct the future.” My concern today is how to construct a new future for women around the world through the global outreach of the church. The American Academy of Religion and its companion association, the Society of...

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Our Social Media Pope!

Named this week as the Time Magazine Person of the Year for 2013, Pope Francis did indeed garner this title for many of the reasons that we here at acireland.ie have shared with you over the past nine months. Howard Chua-Eoan, a contributor to Time, gives a short commentary on why Francis was chosen for this...

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