Category: Articles

Deacons: clericalised laymen?

Aidan Hart laments the 'clericalisation of the laity' in the apparent intended role for nine new deacons in the diocese of Down and Connor.

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Erring Shepherds – Aidan Hart

Aidan surveys the spate of Catholic scandals that began in 1985, and calls for the global Catholic Church to be returned to the ownership of its lay people.

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Marie Collins asks Pope Francis to explain bishop accountability process: NCR

Irish abuse survivor asks to meet with Pope to 'understand better' the process whereby Catholic bishops are to be made accountable for handling clerical abuse.

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Pope Francis brings papacy to ground level in Ireland, August 2018

In August 2018 the humanity and fallibility of the papacy was starkly revealed to an Ireland in need of healing and hope - and home-grown leadership.

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Has Richard Sipe explained the cover-up of clerical child sex abuse in the Catholic Church?

In linking the cover-up of clerical paedophilia to the Catholic hierarchy's determination to preserve the appearance of clerical celibacy, Richard Sipe (who died on August 8th, 2018) is increasingly persuasive.

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Christendom is over – in Ireland too, thank God?

Does Bishop Leo O'Reilly's homily in Knock on June 17th, 2018, mark an important shift in the Irish Catholic Church's thinking on the state?

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Future Families Report – June 2018

The ACI Future Families conference report calls for recognition of the families who feel marginalised and unwanted by the Church.

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Emerging Christianity

Philip McParland sees a new kind of Christianity emerging, ushered in by Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren and others - a 'spiritual path' rather than a 'belief and belonging system'.

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

With Pope Francis soon to come to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, his encyclical dedicated to the family - Amoris Laetitia - is especially relevant. Aidan Hart's article of 2016 gets to the heart of a papal document like no other.

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ACI WMOF EVENT – April 14th, 2018

ACI to consult families that are currently marginalised in the Irish Church - on Saturday April 14th, 2018.

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