Category: Articles

Francis to create commission to study female deacons in Catholic church

Pope Francis has announced he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic church (Source: NCR)

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The pontificate might be stuck in the mud

"After three very uplifting and incredible years under the prophetic leadership and compelling personal witness of Pope Francis, many reform-minded Catholics have again become quite worried about the future direction of their church." Robert Mickens (NCR)

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Faith formation: the role of home, parish and school

Aidan Hart outlines a model of faith formation centred on the family and parish, supported by and influencing the school.

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Limerick Diocese Synod ….. a real marker, but the journey goes on

Synod delegate Ainead Ní Mhuirthile, gathers her immediate thoughts following the conclusion of the 3-day Synod event in Limerick.

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Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love): Reviewed by Aidan Hart

"Pope Francis’ latest gift to the universal Church. is a papal document like no other; its underlying tone of God’s compassionate mercy for all human failure and its understanding of the realities and messiness of many peoples’ lives are outstanding.”

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Some Thoughts from a Delegate on the Eve of the Limerick Diocesan Synod

Ainead Ni Mhuirthile writes, " It has been quite a journey. A lot of work, time and energy. A massive undertaking on the part of the Diocese. And in the first instance, a courageous initiative on the part of our Bishop to embark on this large-scale consultative process which may yet yield fruit ...

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Why our sacraments often don’t connect with real life (NCR)

by Joseph Martos for the ‘National Catholic Reporter’ This article by Joseph Martos, published recently in the  National Catholic Reporter, reflects the thinking set out in his book Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual (published December 2015; parts of the book are free to read online at:  http://wipfandstock.com/deconstructing-sacramental-theology-and-reconstructing-catholic-ritual.html  ). The article and his book challenge much...

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Rite & Reason: A living, breathing liturgical community is ‘buried alive’ in Dublin

Dr Fáinche Ryan points to the absurdity of the ongoing conditions for priestly ordination when a usually full chapel is closed.

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ACI meeting with Archbishop Eamon Martin, 25th November 2015: Report by ACI Team

We found the meeting to be generally an affirmative experience that did not discourage ACI's own proposal to forward the reforms of Vatican II

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William Cavanaugh: Binary thinking on ‘Religion and Secularism’ has had its day

The claimed difference between 'religious' and 'secular' that lies behind blaming religion for violence is artificial and meaningless, according to William Cavanaugh.

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