Category: Articles

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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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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