Category: Books

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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A Question of Conscience by Tony Flannery (2013)

By Tony Flannery In February 2012 Tony Flannery, a Redemptorist and founder member of the Associ­ation of Catholic Priests in Ireland, bestselling author and regular columnist with Reality magazine, was informed that the Vatican watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was unhappy with some of his writings relating to the priestly...

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Who will break the Bread for us?: Disappearing Priests by Brendan Hoban (2013)

In 1982, 46 priests of Killala diocese gathered for their annual retreat. That was 30 years ago. In less than 20 years time, in 2032, when we will be celebrating 1600 years since the coming of St Patrick, the statistics indicate that the number of priests in Killala will be six. Who will break the...

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Churches in Exile: Alternative models of church for Ireland in the 21st Century (2013)

What is the future of the churches in Ireland? The recent census in Northern Ireland confirms that fewer people are identifying with any church, whether Catholic or Protestant. Is this a sign of end times for church, or just church as we know it? Like any institution, since its 1st-century beginning, the Christian Church has...

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Quo Vadis?: Collegiality in the Code of Canon Law by Mary McAleese (2012)

In her first book since leaving Aras An Uachtarain, Mary McAleese has produced a masterful and highly accessible study of how Vatican II’s teachings on collegiality, or how power and responsibility were to be shared between the Pope and the college of bishops within the Catholic Church, have either been sidetracked or not yet come...

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Flying in the Face of Tradition: Listening to the Lived Experience of the Faithful (2012)

In this short but provocative book Brother Louis calls the institution church to account and transformation.  He does so not with any malice or mean-spiritedness, but rather with a sense of urgency and love.  He knows that several members of the institutional church have demanded that some of the issues he raises, specifically, the ordination...

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50 Years Receiving Vatican II: A Personal Odyssey by Kevin Kelly (2012)

Vatican II is not past history but a treasure for us today. It has put people back at the centre of the Church’s teaching and pastoral ministry. Learning what this means in everyday life has been a challenge to Liverpool priest Kevin Kelly, for the whole of his more than fifty years in parish ministry...

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Where Do We Go From Here? by Brendan Hoban (2012)

Changing perspectives are part of life.  Priests, at a meeting on emigration in Erris, Co Mayo, fifty years ago, recognised change in the advertisements for air travel on the wall behind them. But no one could have imagined the pace of change in the last half century or where the Catholic Church in Ireland would...

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Can I Stay in the Catholic Church? by Brian Lennon SJ (2012)

‘Can I stay?’ is a question which many Catholics face in the light of the response of Church leaders to child abuse.  For Brian Lennon, a Jesuit priest, the question also arose because of doubts about faith which he, like others, experienced over many years.  The abuse crisis brought these to a head. He suggests...

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