Category: Articles

Time for Public Theology – Johnston McMaster of the ISE

"To develop public theology in the 21st century is to take seriously faith and ethics as applied to public questions." Dr Johnston McMaster of the Irish School of Ecumenics.

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Is Archbishop Diarmuid Martin failing Dublin?

Justly celebrated for his handling of the abuse catastrophe in Dublin, must Archbishop Martin nevertheless accept some responsibility for the fact that 'Irish Catholicism hasn't changed'?

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The Scandal of the 2011 Missal

Why in 2011 did we begin to use a translation of the Missal that became a 'stumbling block' for so many celebrants of the Catholic liturgy? A just-published small book explains this admirably.

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2018: A year of rescue from the belly of the whale?

With no guarantee that 'bad news' will end soon, might the Irish Catholic Church turn a corner even so in 2018 - with the visit of Pope Francis?

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The ‘war’ against Pope Francis: where do Irish bishops stand?

What exactly divides Pope Francis from those who oppose him? Sean O'Conaill takes issue with the Manchester Guardian's account of this profoundly important dispute.

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A Church in Travail: Aidan Hart

In what so many experience as a 'Dark Night of the Church' Aidan Hart argues that a sincere apology for failure, and forgiveness for those who have failed, can bring a new beginning.

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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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