‘No little disappointment’: Fr Gerry Moloney

‘No little disappointment’: Fr Gerry Moloney

When Archbishop Desmond Connell ordained me to the priesthood on October 2nd, 1988, it seemed a good time to be a priest in Ireland. Fresh-faced and enthusiastic, I had high hopes. I was delighted to become part of a team conducting parish missions, as Irish...
Deacons: clericalised laymen?

Deacons: clericalised laymen?

Down and Connor diocese will very soon have its first group of nine Permanent Deacons and already the process of their being clericalised has begun, in spite of Pope Francis decrying clericalism in the Catholic Church! One wonders why all the deacons are men. There is...
Erring Shepherds – Aidan Hart

Erring Shepherds – Aidan Hart

It has pained me greatly to write this article. I deeply love the Catholic Church – which has an unconditionally loving, merciful and triune God at its centre.  I have great respect and love for Pope Francis and have worked closely throughout my life with many...

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