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 […]

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 […]

Reflection on the Referendum

Posted on 31. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Humane Vitae

Gerry O’Hanlon SJ reflects on last week’s referendum and the resounding Yes vote. Addressing the issue of conscience, Dr O’Hanlon says he believes that the Catholics who voted on Friday were thoughtful, intelligent adults  who did not see the choice they faced in black and white terms. They were particularly aware, he added, of the hard […]

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 […]

Voting with Compassion

Posted on 24. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Humane Vitae

Many people, including practising Catholics, might be motivated by compassion for women in crisis pregnancy situations to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming abortion referendum. So says moral theologian Dr. John Murray, who lectures in DCU as is also chair of the Iona Institute. He adds that women in difficulties often feature in the media and […]

I Will Never Forget You

Posted on 17. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Young people

“I will Never Forget You” from Isaiah 49 is sung here by James Kilbane. This beautiful hymn is included his album “The Family Collection”. In it are the lyrics, “Does a mother forget her baby, or a woman, the child within her womb”. A sensitive and timely reminder of the bond that exists between mother […]

Discussing the 8th Amendment

Posted on 10. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Humane Vitae

Irish philosopher Dr Patrick Riordan SJ recently gave a talk at the Loyola Institute forum at Trinity College Dublin, entitled ‘Living Humanely: Perspectives from Law, Morality and Science’ on 13 April, 2018. In it he discussed the impact the vote on the 8th amendment could have on these areas. Dr Riordan emphasised the philosophy of John […]

Hunger Strike for Pro Life

Posted on 05. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Humane Vitae

The Former Independent election candidate for Donegal, Tim Jackson fasted outside the Dáil in a bid to force the Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment to watch a video of an abortion. Senator Catherine Noone wrote to Tim Jackson on the fifth day of his protest, to say she watched the video of an abortion […]

Rally for Life

Posted on 29. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Humane Vitae, Young people

This Saturday, the Pro Life campaign is holding a Rally for Life. Some of the speakers include Karen Gaffney, a public advocate and woman with Down Syndrome. She has recently spoken to TDs at the Dáil to tell them that her life is “worth saying ‘yes’ to,” and to urge them to protect the right […]

End of an Era?

Posted on 01. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Health, Humane Vitae

The Sisters of Charity recently announced that they would end any involvement in the new maternity hospital on the grounds of St Vincent’s. Their decision came after much public debate on the issue. While many welcomed the decision, there were others who were more hesitant. John McManus in the Irish Times, wrote that it was never […]