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 […]

Questioning Celibacy

Posted on 05. Jul, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Vocation

Fr Bernárd Lynch is a Catholic priest who is gay and married. His journey has caused controversy, but he argues that he is living true to who he is. He further argues that very few priests are called to celibacy and that not many of them are living up to its expectations. In this three […]

Suport for Minister Madigan

Posted on 28. Jun, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values

Minister Josepha Madigan stepped up to assist a church service in Mount Merrion last Saturday, 23rd of June, when a priest failed to show up. Afterwards she said the Church should ordain women and allow priests to marry. Her actions caused a great stir amongst some including Archbishop Diarmuid Martin who said it was “deeply disrespectful” […]

Kay Holmes – Irish Suffragette

Posted on 14. Jun, 2018 in Achievement, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church

One hundred years on since women got the vote in Ireland, we remember Kathleen, more commonly known as Kay Emerson, one of Ireland’s leading Suffragettes. Born Kay Holmes, she started out early on her quest for liberty. Her grandnephew Colm Holmes from We are Church, married to feminist and spiritual director Soline Humbert, talks about how Kay […]

Voting with your Conscience

Posted on 24. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae

The decision on the upcoming reformation on whether to Repeal the Eight Amendment is causing people to examine their conscience. Which is exactly how it should be according to We Are Church Ireland. They believe that people should be free to vote in favour of repealing or retaining the eight amendment to the constitution in […]

Does Christ Matter?

Posted on 26. Apr, 2018 in Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Spirituality

Does Christ Matter? is the title of a book written as a dialogue between members of two Irish Churches, Timothy Kinahan, an Anglican and Brian Lennon, a Jesuit. Although their communities in Northern Ireland were often divided, the authors have worked together for over 40 years on issues of theology, conflict, reconciliation and the relevance […]

Women in the Church

Posted on 12. Apr, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church

Soline Humbert is one of the many Christian women who have had a sense of calling or vocation to ordination within the Church. Her vocation was not realised and she continues to fight for change regarding the theology of women’s involvement within the Church. Calling herself and other women on her stuggle as “perhaps daughters […]

Women in the Church

Posted on 05. Apr, 2018 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Feminism/Women in the Church, Islam

Rev Suzanne Cousins, recently ordained priest in the Church of Ireland and author of the book, Generous Love in Multifaith Ireland, spoke about her journey to ordination. She explained how her position represents a different idea to other religions regarding the role of women. Acknowledging that there is still room for improvement within the Church of […]

McAleese quotes Jesuit

Posted on 15. Mar, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church

In her widely covered and critical speech regarding the treatment of women  in the Catholic church, former Irish President Mary McAleese quoted Irish Jesuit theologian Gerry O’Hanlon. Having been banned from an International Women’s Day conference at the Vatican because of her support for gay rights, the conference organised by Voices of Faith was instead […]

A Feminist St Patrick?

Posted on 15. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, St Patrick

St Patrick, Ireland’s national patron saint had plenty to offer to women. So says Soline Humbert a prominent member of “We are Church” with a particular interest in justice for women and exploring how they have been excluded from the Church. Like Saint Patrick she was a stranger in this land and like him she […]