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)
Sean O'Conaill argues that our school-centred system of 'faith formation' is a major factor in the growing existential crisis of Catholicism in Ireland.
Aidan Hart outlines a model of faith formation centred on the family and parish, supported by and influencing the school. After reading an article please leave a comment and jointhe debate in which we learn from one another. (editor)
Synod delegate Ainead Ní Mhuirthile, gathers her immediate thoughts following the conclusion of the 3-day Synod event in Limerick.
"Pope Francis’ latest gift to the universal Church. is a papal document like no other; its underlying tone of God’s compassionate mercy for all human failure and its understanding of the realities and messiness of many peoples’ lives are outstanding.”
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
Faith formation? Take it out of schools altogether!
Faith formation: the role of home, parish and school
Limerick Diocese Synod ….. a real marker, but the journey goes on
Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love): Reviewed by Aidan Hart
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The Manchester Guardian attempts to assess the likely impact on Catholicism of a most shocking event that is not without precedent.
The meeting used as a basis for its discussion the Priests Council Data Report 2030 published on the Archdiocese website in January 2016.
Queen's, Belfast debate upcoming on "Green Values and Progressive Politics: Religion, humanism and the ethical basis for political activism"
"We need lay people with a vision of the future, not confined to the little things of life." Pope Francis, June 16th, 2016.
The BBC are reporting that two small County Londonderry primary schools are set to make history by becoming the first jointly-run church school in Northern Ireland. Desertmartin...
Fr James Martin SJ asks whether US Catholic bishops should have expressed solidarity with the LGBT community in the wake of the Orlando tragedy.
Dr Con Casey was interviewed on RTE Radio 1 Extra programme Sunday Spirit about the thinking behind this forthcoming conference which is for all who...
"How can you defend yourself when your fate has been decided even before you discover you have been on trial? An utterly unjust and unchristian system."
Will Pope Francis' decision on errant bishops actually work? Marie Collins is hopeful but waiting to see.