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Referendum Reflections

Posted on 28. May, 2015 in Christian Values, Church Teachings

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On May 22nd, Ireland was the first country to pass same sex marriage by popular vote. There was much heated debate leading up to the referendum and while there was much celebration in Dublin Castle, there still remain some concerns on the No side of the debate.

Miriam Gormally met with Phil Dunne joint co-ordinator of We are Chuch and Breda O’Brien from the Iona Institute. We are Church campaigned for a Yes vote while the Iona Institute spoke out for a No vote. In these two interviews we get the views and reactions of the vote and how the two sides can reassure each other and coexist in the same Church.

Here Miriam is speaking with Phil Dunne about how she feels about the vote.

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Music for Mary

Posted on 07. Dec, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Liturgy, Music, Saints

Mary is much celebrated at this time of year – December the 8th, when we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary and Nov 21st, when we celebrate   “The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Marie Dunne, a Holy Faith Sister talks about how she wrote her song Mary Temple of the Lord for the Presentation Brothers when they had their General Chapter in Rome.

Their whole spirituality is around the presentation of Mary, a feast not mentioned in the New Testament but rather in the Infancy Narratives of James. According to that text, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne, who had been childless, received a heavenly message that they would have a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her, when still a child, to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God. Marie Dunne talks with Miriam Gormally about her song, Mary, Temple of the Lord. The also look at Marie’s musical vocation and explore another instrumental album, Ripples of the Divine, which she brought out in earlier in the year.

The song Mary Temple of the Lord is available from Marie Dunne CHF or from the Presentation brothers.

The album, Ripples of the Divine is available in Veritas, Knock, many of the Religious retreat house, iTunes or from Marie Dunne CHF herself.

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Mary Temple of the Lord

Posted on 03. Jan, 2019 in Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music, Saints, Vocation

This was a piece of music that first went out at the end of Dec in 2017 and was one of our most popular pieces in 2018.

It was a piece of music from Marie Dunne, a Holy Faith Sister, Mary Temple of the Lord.

She talks about how she wrote it for the Presentation Brothers when they had their General Chapter in Rome. She explained how she drew inspiration from the fact that their whole spirituality is around the presentation of Mary, a feast not mentioned in the New Testament but rather in the Infancy Narratives of James. According to that text, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne, who had been childless, received a heavenly message that they would have a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her, when still a child, to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God.

The song Mary Temple of the Lord is available from Marie Dunne CHF or from the Presentation brothers.

The album, Ripples of the Divine is available in Veritas, Knock, many of the Religious retreat house, iTunes or from Marie Dunne CHF herself.

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Funding the Pope’s Visit

Posted on 01. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community

We are Church recently released as statement saying that while Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families was welcome, that it should not be paid for by the Irish State.  Outside of covering the basic security needs of any invited dignitary, they say that the Pope’s visit should not be paid for by the Church especially as all families are not included. They said they were amazed to discover that the World Meeting of Families (WMoF) had reprinted their main booklet, deleting all photos which showed two members of the same gender together, stating that the main objections to these photos came from extreme right wing groups in the USA. The booklet makes no reference whatsoever to LGBT, single parent families, divorced and remarried or cohabiting couples – all of which are important parts of society in Ireland, and all possible traces of them were deleted. Phil Dunne, spokesperson for We Are Church, said that the organisers should recognise that Ireland voted by a large majority in favour of marriage equality in 2015 and that it would have been a good opportunity to be inclusive of all our different family units. She says that the lack of inclusivity means that the Church must pay its own way for the visit as is doesn’t represent the population as a whole. She explains more to Miriam Gormally.

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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 accordance with their consciences. They are backing this assertion up with the words of Doctor Joseph Ratzinger , now emeritus Pope Benedict 16th :
“Over the pope as the expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority, there still stands one’s own conscience, which must be obeyed before all else, even if necessary against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority. “
(Joseph Ratzinger,  Commentary on the Doctrine of Vatican 2 , edited by Herbert Vongrimler Volume 5, page 134. 1969)
They added that while it is important that Catholics give due consideration to the teaching of the Church on this issue, they nonetheless have the right and duty to follow their consciences as their final moral arbiters. They say that once Catholic have made a decision according to their conscience they have done right and are in good standing with God and their Church. Miriam Gormally met Phil Dunne Spokesperson with We Are Church Ireland to explain further.

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Marie Collins Resigns

Posted on 09. Mar, 2017 in Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church

Irish woman Marie Collins has resigned from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

She has stated that when she took up her appointment in 2014, she made it publicly known that if she found any discrepancy between what was happening behind closed doors and what was being said to the public she would not remain on the Commission.

Her resignation brought great disappointment to many who had seen her initial appointment in 2014 as a sign that abuse victims would be listened to. Her resignation coming shortly before International Women’s Day, was seen as a sign by many in the Church that women were not being listened to. Miriam Gormally met with Phil Dunne from We are Church Ireland who said that the CDF or Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith were rejecting any reform and so making it impossible for different voices to be heard.

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Referendum Reflections

Posted on 28. May, 2015 in Christian Values, Church Teachings

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On May 22nd, Ireland was the first country to pass same sex marriage by popular vote. There was much heated debate leading up to the referendum and while there was much celebration in Dublin Castle, there still remain some concerns on the No side of the debate.

Miriam Gormally met with Phil Dunne joint co-ordinator with We are Chuch and Breda O’Brien patron of the Iona Institute. We are Church campaigned for a Yes vote while the Iona Institute spoke out for a No vote. In these two interviews we get the views and reactions of the vote and how the two sides can reassure each other and coexist in the same Church.

In this interview Miriam Gormally is speaking with Breda O’Brien about the concerns that remain for the people who voted No.

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Examining Amoris Laetitia

Posted on 22. Aug, 2019 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Church Teachings, Community, Family, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Sexuality

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In this piece from the archives we look at “Amoris Laetitia” – the reflections of Pope Francis on love in family. Many felt that it had a positive tone and a sense of inclusiveness. However We are Church claims that “the Synod recommendations did not reflect the voices of Catholic families who had no deliberative voice throughout the course of both Synods.”

Its nine chapters cover the many issues facing Catholics  from ‘the excessive idealisation of marriage’  to the position of Catholics in  ‘irregular unions’. Throughout his Exhortation Pope Francis emphasises the superiority of mercy over justice and truth  in an significant sentence,

‘Mercy is the fullness of Justice and the most radiant manifestation of God’s truth’

Significantly Pope Francis denounces the excesses of’ patriarchal culture and male chauvinism and in a positive development says that ‘we must see in the women’s movement the working of the Spirit for a clearer recognition of the dignity and rights of women ‘.

However the document reiterates the ban on artificial contraception, a teaching which not many feminists would understand to be helpful to their rights. There is also little recognition of Gay and Lesbian relationships.

Miriam Gormally met with Phil Dunne from We are Church to find out more. She said Amoris Laetitia could only be understood by looking back to the Synod on the Family.

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All God’s Creatures

Posted on 28. Dec, 2017 in Church of Ireland, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice

A blessing for Peata dogs and all animals was held in Christ Church Cathedral earlier in December. Previously we heard from Lesley Rue who organised the first service in Christ Church. Miriam Gormally also spoke with Dean Dunne to find out more about the Christian attitude towards all animals and why, like St Francis, he considers we should have respect for them and see them as close to God.

The Dean also highlighted an old Irish maxim which says that how we treat animals and our environment will ultimately lead to us behaving in the same way towards those around us. Miriam also asked him if that extended to the animals that we eat. Dean Dunne began by explaining about the origins of the animal blessing.

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Composing for Vocations

Posted on 25. Jun, 2008 in Music, Vocation

2008 is the year of Vocations and in honour of this, Marie Dunne CHF composed a song entitled, “You Will Be My Witnesses” The song will be used to celebrate what it means to have a vocation and will be sung at the Australian World Youth Day in July. Miriam Gormally met Marie Dunne to find out more about the inspiration behind it. Read more