Category: Articles

Limerick Diocese Synod ….. a real marker, but the journey goes on

Synod delegate Ainead Ní Mhuirthile, gathers her immediate thoughts following the conclusion of the 3-day Synod event in Limerick.

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Some Thoughts from a Delegate on the Eve of the Limerick Diocesan Synod

Ainead Ni Mhuirthile writes, " It has been quite a journey. A lot of work, time and energy. A massive undertaking on the part of the Diocese. And in the first instance, a courageous initiative on the part of our Bishop to embark on this large-scale consultative process which may yet yield fruit ...

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Why our sacraments often don’t connect with real life (NCR)

by Joseph Martos for the ‘National Catholic Reporter’ This article by Joseph Martos, published recently in the  National Catholic Reporter, reflects the thinking set out in his book Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual (published December 2015; parts of the book are free to read online at:  http://wipfandstock.com/deconstructing-sacramental-theology-and-reconstructing-catholic-ritual.html  ). The article and his book challenge much...

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Rite & Reason: A living, breathing liturgical community is ‘buried alive’ in Dublin

Dr Fáinche Ryan points to the absurdity of the ongoing conditions for priestly ordination when a usually full chapel is closed.

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ACI meeting with Archbishop Eamon Martin, 25th November 2015: Report by ACI Team

We found the meeting to be generally an affirmative experience that did not discourage ACI's own proposal to forward the reforms of Vatican II

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William Cavanaugh: Binary thinking on ‘Religion and Secularism’ has had its day

The claimed difference between 'religious' and 'secular' that lies behind blaming religion for violence is artificial and meaningless, according to William Cavanaugh.

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The Catholic Story: Differing Narratives (NCR)

"Whether by design or by accident, the John Paul papacy broke the alliance between bishops and theologians which had proved so successful against the Roman Curia at Vatican II."

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Pope Francis criticises ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics (Catholic Herald)

“Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions,” said the Pontiff. “We Catholics have some — and not some, many — who believe they possess the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil. They do evil. I say this because it is my Church.”

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Will the Francis Effect Ever Reach Ireland?‏

An interesting article by Fr Brendan Hoban of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland (ACP), in his 'Western People' newspaper column.

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Understanding the Drive to Possess: Teresa Mee

Teresa Mee reflects on Sean O'Conaill's novel for young adults, The Chain that Binds the Earth.

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