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 […]

Shelter Me

Posted on 02. Apr, 2020 in Community, Music

In these uncertain times as many wonder when we will be able to freely move around again, Marie Dunne CHF shares her song, Shelter Me from the Album of Chants, which features, reflective chants of gentleness and calm  Sister Marie Dunne a native of Dublin, is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of […]

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 […]

Querida Amazonia’s view on Women

Posted on 26. Mar, 2020 in Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

“Francis’ dream for women in latest papal document is more like nightmarish vision”, so says Soline Humbert from “We are Church”. In an article for the Irish Times, she wrote, “I have heard several people talk of frustration, anger, devastation, dismay and even tears at the description of women and their roles in the church […]

Surviving COVID-19

Posted on 19. Mar, 2020 in Community, Economy, Politics

“When clusters of infection arise because of precarious, shoddy, or non-existent housing, it won’t be any defence to declare that you ‘get up early in the morning’ and that as a member of the ‘squeezed middle’ you should be spared.” So writes Dr Kevin Hargaden, Assistant Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, […]

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 […]

Faith and Hope

Posted on 19. Mar, 2020 in Ecology, Economy, Environment, Faith and Justice, Natural Disasters

Our daily diet of news headlines these days seems to be concentrated on world disasters making us ask the question, ‘Where is God in all of this?’ In this piece from the archives, we look at the importance of hope – especially important these days. So how do we keep going, and continue to find hope?  Eileen […]

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 […]

Querida Amazonia critique

Posted on 05. Mar, 2020 in Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality

Professor Tina Beattie, Professor of Catholic Studies at Roehampton University, delivered a lecture entitled “Listening to the Essence of Things”: Theology, language and meaning in the context of Laudato Si’ and Querida Amazonia on 19 February 2020 at The Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin. In this first of a two part series, we hear her […]

Mary Magdalene

Posted on 05. Mar, 2020 in Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church

As the topic of women in the Church comes to the fore, we take a look back at this piece about Mary Magdalene from March 2005, around the time of the publication of ‘The Da Vinci Code’. She has been referred to the second most important women in the New Testament after Mary, the mother of Jesus. […]