Category: Articles

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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An unhealthy failure to speak (John J. Shea O.S.A)

"Do we realize the price we are paying for an un-called-for and unhealthy failure to speak?" "What happens to the church when it is separated from a living theology?" "Do we realize what happens to our theology when it is separated from the living church?"

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Catholic Deacons

An excellent insight into the role of deacons and the issue of allowing women deacons. A good video to use for group discussion. (10 minutes).

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The problems with seminaries

“Is it possible that the seminary is not the place for priestly formation? Diarmaid Martin, speaking on the radio, suggested that it is not, that those who wish to be priests should be assigned to a parish on an apprenticeship basis with built-in periods for theological study?” “I believe that the negative influence of clericalism...

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Greens, Secularism & Faith: Seeking Synergy

Sean O'Conaill reviews a study of the barriers to an alliance of people of faith with environmental activists and those seeking social justice on the political 'left'.

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