Category: Books

Inclusivity: A Gospel Mandate by Diarmuid O’Murchu (Sept 2015)

The bestselling author of God in the Midst of Change makes the strongest case yet for the kind of church that was and has been, laying bare its historical, theological, and spiritual roots. Diarmuid holds high the millions on the margins of the church who honour Jesus but feel they don’t fit in because of...

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The Chain that binds the earth by Sean O’Conaill (2015)

About the Author/About the Book Sean O Conaill taught history and current affairs to young adults for thirty years. Observing patterns of conflict and overconsumption that linked past, present, and future, he retired in 1996 to write about these in ways suggested by the young people and the courses he had taught. His first book, Scattering the Proud, argued...

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The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope by Austen Ivereigh (Nov 2014)

A biography of Pope Francis that describes how this revolutionary thinker will use the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world’s most formidable religions An expansive and deeply contextual work, at its heart The Great Reformer is about the intersection of faith and politics–the tension between the pope’s innovative vision...

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Whose Á La Carte Menu? by Angela Hanley (2014)

Whose Á La Carte Menu? takes a number of aspects of Catholic teaching and offers an explanation that respects the intelligence of the reader, yet keeps the information free from technical terms and theological jargon. The scope of the topics discussed is broader than just Church teaching (birth control, papal infallibility, female priests), encompassing issues that are important in the wider...

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The Elephant in the Church by Mary T. Malone (Sept 2014)

Women are the elephant in the Church. They have been perpetually silenced, ignored and discounted. They are not required to make any contribution to the Church, except for obedience. In every public ecclesiastical event, such as the election of a Pope, it is glaringly obvious that women are entirely irrelevant. The silencing of women was...

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Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power, and Organizational Culture by Marie Keenan (July 2013)

A meticulously researched inside look at child sexual abuse by clergy, this exhaustive, hard-hitting analysis weaves together interviews with abusive priests and church historical and administrative details to propose a new way of thinking about clerical sexual offenders. Linking the personal and the institutional, researcher and therapist Marie Keenan locates the problem of child sexual...

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Letters to pope Francis by Matthew Fox (June 2013)

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the Papacy marked a series of historic Papal firsts—first Jesuit, first from the Americas and first from the Southern Hemisphere. But most moving was his being the first to take the name of St. Francis. At a time when the Vatican is embroiled in decades-long scandals of the...

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Can We Save the Catholic Church? by Hans Küng (Oct 2013)

The Catholic Church has been nearly destroyed by its resistance to change, censured for its abuses. Pope Francis has promised reform: radical theologian Hans Küng here presents what Catholics have long been yearning for: modern responses to the challenges of a modern world. In 1962 the Second Vatican Council met in the hope they could,...

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Tony Flannery Book Launch – Address by Bill O’Herlihy

Launch by Bill O’Herlihy of Fr. Tony Flannery’s new book, ‘A Question of Conscience’, 12th September 2013 at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Ely Place, Dublin I first met Tony Flannery at his mother’s funeral.  He said the funeral Mass and gave the homily.  It was very different to the usual – full of love for...

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Half a Loaf is better than no Bread: A Theology of Priesthood for the 21st Century by David Stratton [Kindle edition] (2013)

The crisis of vocations in the Church demands an imaginative response.  Might part-time priests be the answer?  There are theological foundations in the bible supporting this idea.  There are insights to be gained too from listening to the modern world.  But, who will take a lead in introducing reform and what might the consequences be...

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