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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