Category: Articles

The Marriage Equality Referendum – A Perspective: Kathleen Faley

Kathleen Faley sees our churches as less welcoming of the diversity of young people than shopping malls and sports stadia - and calls for change.

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Can Pope Francis make a difference on climate change?

Can the pope's pending encyclical add global momentum to the cause of tackling climate change, or will it simply divide the church?

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A Cosmic Spirituality for a New Theology; Teilhard de Chardin’s Evolutionary Journey to Omega Christ by Aidan Hart

In the first half of the 20th century (1881-1955), a French Jesuit priest, Fr. Teilhard de Chardin SJ, combined his theological, philosophical and scriptural studies with a growing interest in the structure of rocks and fossils (geology), the material aspects of the universe (paleontology) and in the far distant origins, evolution and ultimate purpose and...

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A visitor’s experience of Dublin Mass in referendum week

I arrived at Dublin airport only a few hours ago but in time to attend Sunday Mass at a nearby neighborhood church. Mass began with the deacon reading Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin’s pastoral reflections about Ireland’s upcoming constitutional referendum on marriage equality. Spoiler alert: he’s against it.

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Agreed Open Letter to Pope Francis following Limerick International Catholic Reform Conference held April 2015

Press release  12 May 2015   After a recent significant international meeting in Limerick of  Catholic priests’ associations and Catholic reform groups from ten  countries  it was agreed to forward an agreed letter to Pope Francis (see below).   The agreed statement calls on Pope Francis to support priests , deacons, ministers  and church citizens,...

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New Light on the Problem of Atonement

René Girard's insights into the origins of violence and over-consumption help to explain how the Crucifixion reconciles us humans to God.

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Irish Abuse Survivor and Papal Councillor Marie Collins was Featured Speaker at VOTF 2015 National Assembly

Watch a video of Marie's most informative talk in which she tells her own story as a survivor of clerical sexual abuse and now as a member of the Vatican's Pontifical Commission.

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What happened in Limerick should not stay in Limerick

From April 13th- 17th, 2015, thirty-eight Catholics from priest associations and church reform organizations across ten countries met in Limerick, Ireland to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the Church today and to work together for change.   Traveling from Austria, Australia, Germany, India, various regions in Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland, the U.K and the...

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Towards a better understanding of Liberal-Catholics

Managing Identities: Towards a better understanding of Liberal-Catholics   Volunteers required.  Read on … Roman Catholicism has long been the dominant religion in Ireland. Despite a general decline in religious participation across Europe, Ireland has remained, for the most part, devoutly Catholic with some 84%- over 3.86 million people –identifying themselves as Roman Catholic in...

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Press Statement from International Catholic reform Conference in Limerick, April 2015

New Era – Last chance: Catholic Priests Associations and Reform Groups unite in International Conference in Limerick, Ireland PRESS RELEASE Limerick, 16.04.2015. “With the resignation of Pope Benedict we are at the end of an era, and this is our best chance to renew the church for a long time“, Father Tony Flannery of the...

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