Category: Articles

The movie ‘Spotlight’ and the church’s need for outsiders

Sean O'Conaill finds Spotlight a superior movie to All the President's Men and a gift to Ireland's need for a 'debriefing' on the clerical child abuse catastrophe.

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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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Ordination of married men would cause other major changes within the church

"What can the ordination of married men possibly have to do with the ordination of women?" Maybe more than we might think.

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Appeal of international reform movements to the Synod Fathers in Rome: “Follow Pope Francis’ way of dialogue and reform!”

This appeal was initiated by groups organising two international conferences in Rome in November 2015 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).  See details at end of article.  It has been signed by at least 50 Catholic Reform Groups internationally, including the ACI. “All matters concerning the family and sexual ethics have...

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“Don’t be afraid of new things!” (NCR)

"To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, to give the impression that it cannot take place in those who are not 'part of our group,' who are not 'like us,' is a dangerous temptation." "Not only does it block conversion to the faith; it is a perversion of faith!" he said.

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