"Do we realize the price we are paying for an un-called-for and unhealthy failure to speak?" "What happens to the church when it is separated from a living theology?" "Do we realize what happens to our theology when it is separated from the living church?"
In response to recent disquieting events concerning Ireland's major seminary, ACI calls for "an independent investigation ..., to be carried out promptly and with transparency".
An excellent insight into the role of deacons and the issue of allowing women deacons. A good video to use for group discussion. (10 minutes).
"Is it possible that the seminary is not the place for priestly formation? Diarmaid Martin, speaking on the radio, suggested that it is not, that those who wish to be...
With the political left in disarray, Greens struggling for a foothold, and people of faith avid for 'relevance', is it time for a new alliance between all three?
Sean O'Conaill reviews a study of the barriers to an alliance of people of faith with environmental activists and those seeking social justice on the political 'left'.
The 'strong' Irish Church of the recent past was not the promised land - according to Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry. The Irish Church is now 'on Exodus' - a pilgrim and missionary people who should be looking forward, not back.
Pope Francis has announced he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic church (Source: NCR)
"After three very uplifting and incredible years under the prophetic leadership and compelling personal witness of Pope Francis, many reform-minded Catholics have again become quite worried about the future direction of their church." Robert Mickens (NCR) After reading an article please leave a comment and jointhe debate in which we learn from one another. (editor)
Pope Francis has again sharply denounced the culture of clericalism among priests in the Catholic church, calling it "one of the greatest deformations" that must be confronted by the global faith community. After reading an article please leave a comment and jointhe debate in which we learn from one another. (editor)
An unhealthy failure to speak (John J. Shea O.S.A)
ACI calls for independent investigation of Maynooth
The problems with seminaries
Imminent: A New Left / Green / Faith Alliance?
Greens, Secularism & Faith: Seeking Synergy
Irish Church now 'on Exodus': Bishop Donal McKeown
Francis to create commission to study female deacons in Catholic church
The pontificate might be stuck in the mud
Pope promotes people power
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Marco Politi, author of 'Pope Francis Amongst the Wolves: The Inside Story of a Revolution' will speak at an ACI event in Trinity College Dublin in October.
Pope Francis appoints Irish-born Bishop Kevin Farrell to head new Vatican department for Laity, Family and Life
With Pope Francis committed to synodality, and to confronting major issues, Austen Ivereigh wonders if the next Roman synod might consider the ordination of married men.
An interesting conversation between Dr Gladys Ganiel (Queens University Belfast) and Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk FM) on the shifting sands of Catholicism in Ireland today.
Forsake the couch - and the video screen - to build a multicultural world at peace with itself: Pope Francis to the millennials.
Watch this short video from conference speakers (3.25 mins)
The Manchester Guardian attempts to assess the likely impact on Catholicism of a most shocking event that is not without precedent.
The Clare Women's network will offer 400 participants an opportunity to reflect creatively on silence and voice as part of their journey as women in Ireland.
The meeting used as a basis for its discussion the Priests Council Data Report 2030 published on the Archdiocese website in January 2016.