While the absence of teenagers and young people generally from our churches has been growing for more than a decade, there is no evidence that the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference has ever systematically researched the causes of this. Why is this, when the...
Sean O’Conaill argues that with the continuity of Catholic faith in Ireland now seriously in question – and with controversy growing over equal access to primary schooling for all – it is time to abandon school-centred Catholic faith formation...
Aidan Hart is a former Head of Religious Education in several large Catholic comprehensive schools in England and Wales, retired senior inspector with the N. Ireland Department of Education and Training and was the first N. Ireland Department of Education...
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The Declaration of a 'Synodal Pathway' towards a Synodal Assembly for the Catholic Church in Ireland (March 10 2021) marks a watershed in its history - a return to dialogue and the task of renewal.
Apprised of our concerns in 2019 for the slow progress of co-responsibility and faith formation at parish level, our bishops have already shown evidence of a new commitment to listening, to solidarity with the excluded and to 'walking together' - after so many arid decades of walking apart.
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Saint Pope John XXIII’s Prayer for a New Pentecost
"Come Holy Spirit, Renew Your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost. Grant to Your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen."Saint Pope John XXIII, 1962 - In preparation for Vatican Council II, 1962-65.