Category: Articles

Irish Mission Now: Could Everyone Pray ‘Grace’?

Gerald Donnelly's brave experiment in broaching the subjects of prayer and faith - even to atheists - in a diverse community in Dublin.

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The Mass: a ‘Holy Sacrifice’?

In what sense is the Mass a 'Holy Sacrifice'? Does God want violence? Has the meaning of 'sacrifice' been redefined by the Cross? Sean O'Conaill reviews an important recent article by Anthony R. Lusvardi S.J.

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Irish Mission Now? Some More Questions

Aidan Hart believes that Bishop Donal McKeown's call to 'mission' in Derry "still has to  move from vision to detailed plans, from aims to objectives, from Bishop to local clergy and laity".

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Irish Mission Now?

For Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry, 'maintenance' of the Irish Catholic church is not enough: we need to move to 'mission' - a new 'going out'. How will this be possible?

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Failing to prepare is preparing to fail

Aidan Hart challenges what he sees as a completely inadequate response by the Catholic hierarchy to a multi-dimensional church crisis.

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Faith Formation and Fear of Shame: Sean O’Conaill

Why have Irish Bishops not researched the reasons for the disappearance of school-going teenagers from church? Have they cause for concern about the likely results of such research?

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Deacon Chat

An initiative called “DeaconChat” has the goal of bringing Catholics, ordained and laity together in conversation to continue to learn and discern together on this subject.

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An Easter Experience: Memorial Celebration   

Teresa Mee's account of an experience she had recently of celebrating a memorial.

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Marie Collins Resigns from Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

"I find it impossible to listen to public statements about the deep concern in the church for the care of those whose lives have been blighted by abuse, yet to watch privately as a congregation in the Vatican refuses to even acknowledge their letters!"

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Press Release from ACI on eve of Bishops’ Ad Limina visit to Rome

The ACI expresses deep disappointment that the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference (ICBC) has been unable to agree to bring proposals on ending the celibacy requirement for priestly ministry in Ireland to Pope Francis for their Ad Limina visit to Rome

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