Category: Articles

Keep alert: listen for this word “Synodality.” [30th July]

Keep alert. Listen for this word, “synodality.” It looks to be the heart of the Franciscan reform of the church. Since the first days of his pontificate, Pope Francis has spoken of his plans to renew the Synod of Bishops. In the last weeks it emerged as a centerpiece of his ministry. Three times this month...

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Courageous Conversations: Daniel O’Leary’s address to A Call to Action (ACTA) UK [30th July]

‘Put yourself in courageous conversation with the cliff-edge of your life, no matter how frightening it seems. Courageous conversation needs courageous hearts’ – David Whyte ACTA stands for ‘A Call to Action’. It is a new ‘movement’ comprising lay, religious and ordained Catholics who are anxious about the future of the Church in the UK....

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Priorities for the ACI by Séan Ó Conaill [29th July]

‘If the programme for this pontificate is to release the Catholic Church from ‘self-referentiality’ and narcissism, how best could the ACI respond? Is our own published statement of objectives in any way vulnerable to a charge of ecclesiastical narcissism – focused mainly as it is upon internal church reforms that members prioritise?’ Séan  Ó Conaill, a recognised...

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The Poem That Pope Francis Didn’t Write… [29th July]

This poem has gone viral on social media since Pope Francis’ strong call to young people to “Go, do not be afraid, and serve”  – being part of the world rather than apart from the world – at last weekend’s World Youth Day Celebrations at the Copacabana (read the full text of Pope Francis’ homily...

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‘It makes me cringe:’ NCR’s Frank Maurovich tells a personal story on the 45th anniversary of Humanae Vitae [29th July]

‘For the faithful it [birth control] is a sad and agonizing issue, for there is a cleavage between the official teaching of the Church and the contrary practice in most families’ – Former Patriarch Maximos IV Saigh of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church quoted in What Happened at Vatican II, by John W. O’Malley. Frank Maurovich opens his...

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A Future for Faith? by Cathy Molloy [15th July]

The following article, published in The Furrow, April 2013, Vol LXIII, Number 4, pp 196-207, is based on a talk given at the 27th Annual Pobal Dé Conference March 2nd 2013, at the Jesuit Conference Centre, Milltown Park, Dublin 6. Cathy Molloy is a member of the ACI Steering Group. The turnout in our parish...

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Blogger Gladys Ganiel talks to Martin Murray, ACI Steering Group [14th July]

“There may well be more laity on the shop floor or behind the reception desk, but the manager’s office out back, or the boardroom upstairs is still out of bounds, other than to receive the latest clerical directive” Martin Murray told Gladys Ganiel recently. Gladys Ganiel, a lecturer in Conflict Resolution at the Irish School of...

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Questions from a Ewe: where are we going as a Church? [1st July]

“Test everything; retain what is good.” (1 Thes 5:21) A laywoman expresses concerns about issues in the Roman Catholic Church to foster positive dialogue by posing and exploring questions. Please remember that Canon Law says it is not only a right but a duty to question the church. Also, Canon Law provides an over-riding power...

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Caller to RTÉ’s Liveline told by Dublin Archdiocese that having two Godmothers is “breaking the law.” [14th June]

A caller to RTÉ’s Liveline radio show on Thursday 13th June, told of how a representative of Dublin Archdiocese will not allow her daughter to have two Godmothers at her upcoming baptism. The upset caller told Joe Duffy of how a staff member at Archbishop’s House said that having two Godmothers was against “the law”...

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‘Who Would Have Thought it Possible?’: Vatican II from the perspective of Yves Congar [11th May]

After being silenced as a theologian for many years, Yves Congar OP was summoned to be an expert at Vatican II, and played an important part in shaping many of the conciliar documents.

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