Category: Articles

What does Pope Francis know of the Irish Church now?

Following recent visits from Taoiseach Enda Kenny and all of Ireland's bishops, what picture of the Irish Church - and its problems - does Pope Francis now have? And what do you see?

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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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“I have come to bring fire to the Earth …”

The Jesus who comes in total vulnerability as a child is the same Jesus who comes to set fire to the cold heart of the world forever.

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Language which Alienates

Does the hierarchical church overuse Latin to overawe, divide and exclude?  Aidan Harte thinks so - and argues for a change in the way church documents are named.

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Media – cruel arbiter of youthful self-respect

With rates of self-harm climbing among young people, Sean O'Conaill argues that we need urgently to respond to the power of media with the Gospel message of the equal and inalienable worth of everyone.

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CDF on cremation & conservation of ashes

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has presented an Instruction regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation.

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Pope Francis Among the Wolves

A survey showed that 20% of Curial officials polled supported Francis, 10% opposed him and 70% are waiting for the next pope!! In the last 100 years no pope has faced such opposition,

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Catholic church needs better way to select bishops (NCR)

"Francis says he wants to promote a healthy decentralization of the church. And it is hard to think of anything that currently is more centralized than Rome's appointment of bishops around the world." (Robert Mickens NCR)

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Christianity as Life-giving Community of Disciples – Teresa Mee

Teresa Mee finds deep spirituality and companionship in an Irish community of artists and writers.

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Sexuality, Nature and Justice

What do conscience, justice and mercy require of us in regard to the participation of those in same-sex relationships in any public aspect of lay ministry in the church? Sean O'Conaill states a very personal view.

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