Inspired by Mary

Posted on 16. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Young people

Comedian Breda Larkin created a one-woman show, inspired by the moving statues in Ballinspittle. Called “Breda’s Way” the show started in Ballinspittle and then became an epic journey around Ireland, visiting town and grottos along the way. Bringing a statue of Mary with her for company and inspiration, she interacted with people from all walks […]

500 years on from Martin Luther

Posted on 09. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community

This year is five hundred years on since the beginning of the Reformation. It was October 31st 1517 when Martin Luther first nailed his ninety-five Theses to the door of Wittenburg Church.  Fintan Lyons OSB recently wrote a book entitled, “Martin Luther – The Challenges Then and Now”. He talks about how Martin Luther was […]

The Future of the Church

Posted on 09. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values

Last week we spoke with Fr. Joe McDonald about his book, “Why the Church Deserves to Die”. This week he looks at the role of women in the Church and how they might take a larger role in the Church. He says that the women are carrying the Church with what he calls “heroic virtue” […]

Why The Irish Church Deserves to Die

Posted on 02. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Gospel Values

“Why the Irish Church Deserves to Die”, is the title of a controversial book by Fr Joe McDonald. He says that the death has been taking place for quite a while but is now quickening. He says that the Church has been very successful in preaching fear and censure, but not always so good in […]

The Future of Catholic Education Part 2

Posted on 02. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Education

Baroness Nuala O’Loan spoke recently at an Education Conference in Dublin, looking at the future of Catholic Education. Over two hundred stakeholders in faith schools together with educators gathered for a series of presentations from a panel of high profile speakers drawn from Ireland and Britain. At the conference Nuala defined herself as a “contradiction” […]

The Future of Catholic Education

Posted on 26. Oct, 2017 in Baptism, Christian Values, Church Teachings

Parents “are the first teachers in the way of the Faith,” said Archbishop Eamon Martin at a conference in Dublin on November 26th. The conference entitled “Where now for Faith Based Education – charting the future together,” brought together a diverse range of speakers to look at the role of Faith Based Education  in Ireland. […]

Ignatian Mysticism

Posted on 26. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values

October 23rd was the birthday of St Igantius Loyola. Brian O’Leary, an Irish Jesuit who has lectured and thought Ignatian spirituality takes a look at a different side to this popular saint, describing him as a mystic. Mysticism is not a word that is commonly associated with St Ignatius of Loyola, a saint more generally […]

Saving Sight

Posted on 26. Oct, 2017 in Charity, Christian Values, Humanitarian Aid

Declan White, from Sightsavers, a charity dedicated to preventing blindness, says that a remarkable 75% of blindness could be treated. He also points to the global inequality that there 39 million blind people in the world, but 90% of them are living in developing countries. He explains the many causes of blindness to Miriam Gormally […]

A Stormy warning?

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Ecology, HIV/Aids, Natural Disasters

Hurricane Ophelia was one of the worst storm to hit Ireland in fifty years.  It is part of a trend of worsening weather involving flooding and destructive winds, which are becoming more common as the climate warms. Professor John Sweeny, lecturer at Maynooth University Geography Department says that it is only the beginning and that we […]

Rebuilding Ireland – doomed to fail

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Young people

In this two part housing special we take an in-depth look at some of the things that are moving Ireland in the direction of less home ownership and towards more precarious rental situations. In this first part, Margaret Burns, from the Jesuit Centre of Faith and Justice looks at how housing trends have changed dramatically […]