Response to Pennsylvania Report

Posted on 06. Sep, 2018 in Crime, Grief

Renowned American Jesuit, James Martin, who spoke to us about his talk in the RDS on  “Showing welcome and respect in our parishes for LGBT people and their families” gives his response to the recent Pennsylvania report in the United States. Being from Pennsylvania himself, he felt particularly horrified it and he says that it […]

The Pope’s Biggest Challenge

Posted on 23. Aug, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Crime

This week we have a special edition dedicated to the Pope’s visit. One of the most challenging things that many believed Pope Francis would have to face on his visit was the issue of addressing abuse within the church and listening to survivors. Kevin O’Rourke SJ, assistant director of Jesuit novices, speaks to Pat Coyle […]

Restricting travel for Paedophiles

Posted on 19. Apr, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Crime, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid

Fr Shay Cullen, an Irish missionary and  four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee has called on Ireland and other wealthier countries to restrict paedophiles from foreign travel. He also called for their passports to be highlighted in such a way that they could not gain entry to countries like the Philippines, Cambodioa, Laos, Vietnam and Thai Land […]

Prayer against Human Trafficking

Posted on 26. Jan, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Crime, Gospel Values, Young people

Feb 8th is the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese-born former slave who became a nun. It is also the international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. St Bakhita’s experience of being enslaved and sold continues today with human trafficking still being one of the largest illegal industries. Ruth Kilcullen from MECPATHS […]

The Volunteer Part 2

Posted on 17. Nov, 2016 in Christian Values, Conflict, Crime, Gospel Values, Prison

This second part of The Volunteer continues by looking at how Shane O’Doherty was arrested and his subsequent life in prison. It explores how he turned from a bomber to someone who publically and privately called for an end to all violence. He talks about the power of prayer and how it sustains him through life […]

Preventing Trafficking

Posted on 14. Jul, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Crime, Faith and Justice, Feminism/Women in the Church, Human Trafficking

Ruth Killcullen is director of Mecpaths, Mercy Efforts to Counter Child Prostitution and Trafficking in the Hospitality Sector. Her work focuses on raising awareness amongst hotel owners of the prevalence of children being abused on their premises. She is also an advocate of legislation that follows the Nordic model in making paying for sex illegal […]

Reporting on Sex Abuse cases

Posted on 23. Jun, 2016 in Crime

Professor Peter Steinfels on left Professor Peter Steinfels at Fordham University, New York worked as a religious columnist for the New York Times from 1990-2000. He looked at how the media might be used as a source for the history of the Catholic sex abuse scandals in the United States. While he feels that the […]

Understanding Mercy

Posted on 02. Jun, 2016 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Crime, Death, Economy

Rev Alan Boal is a Presbyterian minister in Findlater’s church in north inner city Dublin – very close to the scene of the latest killing in a feud between two families from the area. Because of this he says that the Pope’s call to gangland criminals and organised crime bosses  in this “Jubilee Year of Mercy” […]

Chaplain In Wheatfield Prison

Posted on 24. Mar, 2016 in Chaplaincy, Christian Values, Community, Crime, Education, Holy Week, Places of Conflict, Poverty, Prison, Rehabilitation, Seasons of the Church Year

A recent article in the Irish Times featured an interview with Stephen Plunkett, chief executive of U-Casadh, a programme aimed at rehabilitating prisoners. In it he says that the vast majority of prisoners are not violent and shouldn’t be locked up but rather rehabilitated. The Easter Christian message in particular reminds us of the respect […]

Violence and the Human Condition

Posted on 19. Nov, 2015 in Christian Values, Conflict, Crime, Death, Grief

The dreadful events in Paris causes everybody to wonder where this violence came from and what led up to it? Sometimes different agendas get played out and people seize their chance to push a course – Rumsfeld in US after 9/11 used the occasion to go after Saddam Hussein; Marion Le Pen in France today […]