Passing on the Faith

Posted on 06. Dec, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Young people

Pat Coyle recently went to Rome to be part of the book launch for Sharing The Wisdom of Time, by Pope Francis and Friends. In it, he explored the advice and learning that older people can share with the next generation. Afterwards he did a Question and Answers session on the issues that were of concern to […]

Speak Out Part 2

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Sexuality

In the last Census, 78% of people registered as Catholics and a recent survey showed that 93% of parents baptise their children. However despite this, all the recent referendums showed a country very much at odds with Church teachings. In this second part with Joe Mulvaney, he talks about how we need to separate the […]

Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Economy, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values

Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age is the name of Kevin Hargaden’s new book (foreword by William T. Cavanaugh) where he addresses the Christian problem with wealth. Economics and money is not a topic that the Church speak about very much and if they do, they are frequently told to stick to religious matters. However throughout his […]

Speak Out for Reform

Posted on 22. Nov, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Liturgy, Sexuality, Vocation

In this two part series, Joe Mulvaney talks about his new book, Speak Out for Reform in the Catholic Church. In this first part he talks about his own life and reservations with the Church, how he left ordained ministry and married his wife Maureen. He says that after Vatican Two there was hope that the […]

Exploring Spirituality

Posted on 22. Nov, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Liturgy

God Ever Greater: Exploring Ignatian Spirituality is the title of Brian O’Leary SJ’s latest book published by Messenger Publications. The book is the fruit of a life-long immersion in Ignatian spirituality from both an academic and experiential perspective. In this interview with Pat Coyle, Brian explains how he dealt head-on with understanding the oft-used, but little […]

Christian Outreach

Posted on 15. Nov, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Gospel Values, Young people

Eoin Lynch has been working with UCO, University Christian Outreach in UCD in Dublin. He gave the first in a series of talks called “Joy Robbers!” looking at where we can find true joy. He explains to Conor Deane that UCO is about outreach and getting people to come along to their regular Tue night […]

St Oscar Romero

Posted on 25. Oct, 2018 in Achievement, Charity, Christian Values, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Saints

Oscar Romero, the murdered archbishop of San Salvador who spoke up for the poor and oppressed was declared a saint on Oct 14th of this year. The ceremony featured seven new saints altogether, including Pope John Paul VI and, as the Vatican put it, “five other lesser-known blessed.” Romero, who stood up to a violent regime, […]

Prayer and Service with Alzheimers

Posted on 20. Sep, 2018 in Chronic illness, Community, Different abilities, Gospel Values

In this second part of our three part series, Des O’Grady SJ, talks about working with Alzheimers and in particular leading prayer, saying mass and doing his job. He currently works as a chaplain in Dundrum central mental hospital and says the disease gives him insight into those he serves in Dundrum who also have […]

Running a Diocese

Posted on 20. Sep, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Gospel Values

Alan McGuckian SJ was appointed as Bishop of Raphoe by Pope Francis just over a year ago. During the last six years Alan has been working with the Diocese of Down and Conor in the ‘Living Church’ project. This began in 2011 with a listening process, aimed at hearing the hopes and fears of the […]

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 […]