Response to Querida Amazonia

Posted on 02. Apr, 2020 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

Querida Amazonia, Pope Francis’ official response to the Amazon Synod, demonstrates that the Roman Catholic hierarchy lacks the courage and vision needed to address the real needs of the world and its people, says We Are Church International, an advocate for structural change in the largest Christian denomination. In this second part of our two […]

Understanding the Sacrament of the Sick

Posted on 26. Mar, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Death, Gospel Values, Health

Australian Jesuit Fr Richard Leonard, author of Hatch, Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments, talks to Pat Coyle  about the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. Pointing to the miracles, he emphasises that Christ’s mission was clearly one of healing with the sacrament as part of the tradition. He notes that the […]

Hammarskjöld – Mystic and Martyr

Posted on 19. Mar, 2020 in Christian Values, Economy, Gospel Values, Spirituality

US President John F. Kennedy called Dag Hammarskjöld “the greatest statesman of our century”. Born in Sweeden he was appointed to the post of UN Secretary-General in 1953. During his term, Hammarskjöld tried to smooth relations between Israel and the Arab states. Other highlights include a 1955 visit to China to negotiate release of 11 […]

Looking at Confirmation

Posted on 12. Mar, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Confirmation

Australian Jesuit Fr Richard Leonard, author of Hatch, Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments, speaks to Pat Coyle on the sacrament of Confirmation. He continues his podcast series by presenting the gifts of the Spirit in modern and accessible language. He explains Jesus’ law of love and refers to St Paul on what […]

Vegan Lenten Fast

Posted on 12. Mar, 2020 in Christian Values, Heart disease, Lent, Medicine

There is a long tradition of fasting and abstinence in the Catholic Church, particularly during Lent. Even to this day, Catholics are called on to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. For many, it is something that has largely fallen by the wayside and most people pick and chose what […]

Carbon Free Lent Part 2

Posted on 05. Mar, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Lent

Lent is a time to draw connections between our spirituality and the ecology around us, so says, Brendan McManus SJ, who has been exploring meaningful ways in which to make a difference this Lent. After some searching, he came across the idea of a carbon fast for Lent. However he says that the most important […]

Beloved Amazonia

Posted on 27. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Environment, Gospel Values

In a surprising move from Pope Francis, his long-awaited document Apostolic Exhortation in response to the deliberations of the Pan-Amazonian synod, does not not address the question of the ordination of mature married men to the priesthood. Instead, in the text known as Querida Amazonia – Beloved Amazonia, he pitches hard for environmental and social […]

Carbon Fast for Lent

Posted on 27. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Climate Change, Community, EcoCongregations, Ecology, Environment, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Nature

Lent is a time to draw connections between our spirituality and the ecology around us, so says, Brendan McManus SJ, who has been exploring meaningful ways in which to make a difference this Lent. After some searching, he came across the idea of a carbon fast for Lent. However he says that the most important […]

Thinking well in the Digital Age

Posted on 20. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Education, Vocation, Young people

Fr Johnny Go SJ, a Jesuit educationalist from the Philippines, was in Ireland recently to give a three-day workshop to the teachers and staff of Jesuit schools both from the Province and from abroad. The workshop involved exploring practical ways to respond to the changing landscape of the 21st century digital age, and the challenges […]

What does it mean to be Catholic Today

Posted on 13. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

‘What does in mean to be Catholic today?’ was the title of a talk given by Fr. Roy Donovan for We are Church Ireland. In the talk he likened the Church to an old car that has gone off the road and “sunk into the bog and is stuck”. “The engine is still running, but the […]