Appreciating Advent

Posted on 13. Dec, 2018 in Advent, Christian Values, Community, Seasons of the Church Year, Vocation

The season of Advent is full of contradictions, so says Dr Kevin Hargaden, Social Justice Theologian at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Presbyterian Elder. Advent is filled with light and darkness, optimism and hope, and happiness and joy – but ultimately, he said it’s about time coming to its fullness. Dr Hargaden […]

Remembering Thomas Merton

Posted on 13. Dec, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Environment, Faith and Justice, Nature, Vocation

December 10th, fifty years ago, Thomas Merton was found dead in his room near Bangkok, where he had been the main speaker at an international monastic conference. At the time he was the best known Catholic monk in the world. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (Elected Silence in the English edition), was an unlikely best seller, telling […]

Abused Priest meets Pope

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 in Christian Values, Crime, Vocation

Father Paddy McCafferty was one of the eight abuse victims who met with the Pope while he was visiting Ireland in August. The Belfast priest, who was abused during his training, said that Pope Francis accepted responsibility for the abuse during his visit and was very visceral in his condemnation of the abusers. Fr Paddy […]

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 […]

Order of Malta

Posted on 16. Aug, 2018 in Church Teachings, Vocation

In this piece from May 2006, we look at the Order of Malta. It has representatives in 46 countries worldwide. Most people tend to think of the Order of Malta only in terms of medics at football matches, however the Order is much more than just that.  Miriam Gormally met Peta Taffe and Rosita McHugh […]

Abbot of Bolton Abbey

Posted on 09. Aug, 2018 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Vocation

In this piece we remember Fr. Peter Garvey who died in 2014. Here he talks about his recent election as the fourth Abbot of Bolton Abbey, Moone in Co. Kildare.  Previously he had been a monk at Roscrea Abbey and involved with teaching there, so the move towards a more contemplative life is new for him.  […]

Called to Serve

Posted on 02. Aug, 2018 in Church of Ireland, Church Teachings, Vocation

In this piece from 2005, Church of Ireland minister, Darren McCallig, talks to Miriam Gormally about his reasons for joining the Church. He explains how his interest in theology grew when he was lecturing in Reformation History and how he felt at home in his local Church of Ireland. Miriam asks how his parents reacted […]

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 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 […]

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 […]