The Pope’s Visit

Posted on 16. Aug, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Climate Change, Feminism/Women in the Church, Humane Vitae, Pope Francis

In this piece from earlier this year, we remember some of the excitement expressed by Irish Jesuit theologian Gerry O’Hanlon that Pope Francis would travel to Ireland from 25 to 26 August this year and that he would be very welcome. The visit is timed to coincide with the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, with […]

Working in Cambodia Part 2

Posted on 26. Jul, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Young people

Ashley Evans SJ has spent over 30 years working in Cambodia, teaching and trying to advocate for reform. When he went out there, Cambodia was still devastated from the effects of the Khmer Rouge regime 1975-79 and the Vietnamese occupation (1979-89).  Now the economy is growing at a rate of about 7% per year causing new […]

Supporting Gaza

Posted on 26. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid

Eman is a refugee, born in Lebanon, whose family currently live in Gaza,. She herself lives in Ireland and is married to an Irish man. Here she talks with Pat Coyle about being a refugee and how no body choses to be one, but how it brings with it an enormous amount of suffering. She […]

Forgiveness

Posted on 26. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Conflict, Gospel Values

In this piece with Fodhla McGrane from 2015, we look back on the topic of forgiveness. Forgiveness is one of the most challenging, but equally liberating thing that we can do. Our instinct is to harden our hearts, but ‘Forgive’ is a command given regularly by Jesus making it central to any Christian religion. Forgiveness […]

Working in Cambodia Part 1

Posted on 19. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Different abilities, Faith and Justice

Ashley Evans SJ has spent over 30 years working in Cambodia, teaching and trying to advocate for reform. He talks about how mission in Cambodia is evolving.  When he went out there, Cambodia was still devastated from the effects of the Khmer Rouge regime 1975-79 and the Vietnamese occupation (1979-89).  Now the economy is growing at […]

Part 3 Dying in Despair

Posted on 19. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Death, Sexuality, Vocation

In this final piece with Fr Bernard Lynch, he talks about being at the side of gay men and administering to their spiritual needs as they were dying with AIDS. He said many of them died in despair, in particular any priest who was gay. The Vatican’s only response, he says, was to blame gay […]

The Quiet Revolution

Posted on 19. Jul, 2018 in Baptism, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Young people

Irish theologian Gerry O’Hanlon SJ examines the work and statements of Pope Francis saying that he wants to bring about a quiet revolution within the Catholic Church. He says that he wants to go back over 1000 years to a church which was more inclusive and and driven by the laity, essentially a ‘synodal’ church. […]

The Nature of God

Posted on 12. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Sexuality, Vocation

In this second part of our series with Fr Bernárd Lynch, a Catholic priest who is gay and married, he talks about his life journey – coming out as gay as well as meeting his husband Billy Desmond. He speaks of the oft quoted phrase, “The Truth will set you Free” in relation to how it […]

Interrogating Hauerwas Part 2

Posted on 12. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, War / Civil Unrest

In this second interview with Stanley Hauerwas, named “America’s Best Theologian” by Time magazine in 2001, he gives his reaction to the recent Irish referendum and questions whether the debates we were having were really getting to the heart of the matter. He also looks at the idea of peace and believing in a peaceful future, setting aside […]

Getting ready for WMOF2018

Posted on 05. Jul, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Liturgy

Pope Francis’ attendance at the The two World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland has been met with great enthusiasm. Tickets for the two events for which Pope Francis has confirmed attendance, Knock Shrine and the Phoenix Park were very quickly taken up. Knock Shrine is now fully booked out at 45,000 people and the […]