The 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 not hanker after the past.
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.”
Ainead Ni Mhuirthile writes, " It has been quite a journey. A lot of work, time and energy. A massive undertaking on the part of the Diocese. And in the first instance, a courageous initiative on the part of our Bishop to embark on this large-scale consultative process which may yet yield fruit ...
Maire Ni Duibhir argues passionately for a re-evaluation and re-visioning of the role of women in the church.
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
Some Thoughts from a Delegate on the Eve of the Limerick Diocesan Synod
Women - a potential for ministry in the church today
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"We need lay people with a vision of the future, not confined to the little things of life." Pope Francis, June 16th, 2016.
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Fr James Martin SJ asks whether US Catholic bishops should have expressed solidarity with the LGBT community in the wake of the Orlando tragedy.
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"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.
Women's Ordination Worldwide hold their first permitted meeting in Rome, June 2016.
Discussion this month included Pope Francis' encyclical, 'Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) and the recent diocesan Synod in Limerick.