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Milltown Institute Spring 2015 Lectures on Vatican II

“This series of Public Lectures brings together a number of members of Faculty who have taught for many years at the Institute, shaping, in the process, the ‘colour’ of the contributions that the disciplines of Philosophy and Theology at Milltown have given to its contribution to discussion and debate since Vatican Two. These lecturers will speak to questions...

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ACI North-East holds first meeting at Shalom House, Belfast – 6th Dec, 2014 (Recorded)

The meeting room at Shalom House, Belfast was filled by over forty people on Saturday Dec 6th, 2014 – to hear Kevin Egan argue that lay people are probably best placed to begin the critical thinking necessary for the recovery of the church. People had travelled early on a fairly miserable day from as far...

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ACI North Wicklow – Minutes for 12th Nov, 2014

The meeting opened with a warm welcome to Fr Larry Behan, Moderator for the Bray and Enniskerry parishes . Eucharist Celebration Fr Larry celebrated a Eucharist service with us. Teresa and Eimear had prepared a Mass leaflet for the occasion. The theme was Celebration of Christian Service. It was very participative with appropriate readings, specially...

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Killaloe Womens Group establish links with the ACI

The Killaloe Forum on the Diaconate, [now known as ‘Seeds of Hope’] – which successfully challenged the introduction of the permanent diaconate [open to males only] in the Diocese of Killaloe – has decided to affiliate with the Association of Catholics in Ireland [ACI]. The Killaloe Group, led by a number of women who played...

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“Respect diverse views”: Pope Francis to Vatican Theological Commission

Pope Francis has instructed the Vatican’s  international theological commission to listen to a wide diversity of views. “Along with the entire Christian people, the theologian opens his eyes and ears to the ‘signs of the times,’ ” said the pope, quoting the Second Vatican Council document Gaudium et Spes. “He is called to ‘hear, distinguish...

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Archbishop Martin calls for national summit on homelessness

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has called for a public summit to address the need for emergency accommodation for homeless people. He said the capital was “deeply divided”, with rejoicing at increased spending over the Christmas period contrasted with many facing homelessness and hunger. Click here for Archbishop Martin’s statement on the ICBC site....

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Report to ACI Members on meeting with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on October 2nd 2014

A group of delegates, representing ACI members living in the Dublin Diocese*,  met with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in Drumcondra. The delegation expressed their appreciation to Archbishop Martin of the opportunity to discuss with him the upcoming Vatican Synod on the Family on the day before he left for the Synod. Following introductions, the ACI delegation...

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ACI North Wicklow – Minutes of Meeting 8th October 2014

The meeting opened with a Moment of Silence for listening to Spirit deep within us at this crisis period in Church, with Synod on Family in progress. This was followed by a short prayer.   Outline of Meeting Agenda • Planning of ACI Wicklow Eucharistic Celebration • Report on ACI meeting with Archbishop Martin •...

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Bruton questions 1916 commemoration on ‘Just War’ grounds

Former Irish Taoiseach John Bruton has questioned the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin – on the grounds that the rising would not have satisfied the conditions for a just war required by Catholic teaching.  Read More in this Irish Times article under a new tab.

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Next on Pope Francis’ agenda: Curia reform, personnel moves, a revamped synod

Robert Mickens predicts that Pope Francis may now push forward with further reforms to the curia, to strengthen the push toward collegiality. Pope Francis told bishops attending the recent Synod of Bishops on the family to speak their minds freely and boldly during the two-week-long assembly. And so they did, at least a good many...

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