Supporting Fr Flannery

Posted on 02. Feb, 2017 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Sexuality

Redemptorist priest, Fr. Tony Flannery recently celebrated Mass after a five-year ban. “We are Church Ireland” say they fully support his decision to celebrate a public Mass on Sunday on January 22nd in Killimordaly,  Co. Galway. This conscientious decision taken by Fr. Flannery on the occasion of his 70th birthday ignores the sanction of the Roman Congregation for […]

Radical and Free

Posted on 17. Nov, 2016 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Nature

Radical and Free: Musings on Religious Life by Brian O’Leary SJ is a book that looks at the values underpinning religious vows. In this interview with Pat Coyle, he says that his musings can be used by religious as well as lay people. Following on from the call of Pope Francis to celebrate the Year of […]

Understanding Amoris Laetitia

Posted on 06. Oct, 2016 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values

Ever since Pope Francis released a sweeping document on the family this March, there’s been ongoing discussion regarding what the conclusion actually is for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who, according to previous Church teaching, were barred from receiving Communion. The bishops of the Buenos Aires region have drafted a set of guidelines meant to help […]

What is Love?

Posted on 07. Jul, 2016 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Sexuality

“What is love?” is one of the most asked questions says Peter Perrin, course director of the Nazareth Family Institute.  They runs course on marriage preparation and communication between couples and Peter says that conceptions around love can be very confusing in the modern world. Romantic feelings of desire and happiness are often mistaken for being […]

Who will Break the Bread?

Posted on 02. Jun, 2016 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Sexuality, Vocation

“Who will Break the Bread for us?” is the title of Fr Brendan Hoban’s book. Spokesperson of the Association of Catholic Priests, he looks at the future of priesthood in Ireland. He says that there simply won’t be enough priest in the near future and that bringing in priests from other countries won’t necessarily be […]

Human Sexuality and Christianity

Posted on 21. Jan, 2016 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Church Teachings

The International Anglican Communion has in recent times been struggling to reach a decision on their views of same sex marriages and relationships. Earlier this month, they managed to avoid a split by reaffirming the Church’s teaching on marriage as between a man and a woman, but it remains a difficult issue within all Anglican Churches. […]

Disappointed by Synod

Posted on 29. Oct, 2015 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Family, Sexuality, Young people

We are Church Ireland declared themselves very disappointed with the final report by Catholic Bishops meeting in Rome over the past three weeks on the issue of the family in contemporary society. The report ‘s 94 paragraphs indicate that the majority of the voting Bishops do not favour change either in the teaching or discipline of the […]

The Theology of Weakness

Posted on 08. Oct, 2015 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Gospel Values

Dr Riaan van der Merwe from South Africa recently gave an interactive presentation on “A Multimedia Engagement with the Spirituality of Vulnerable Embodiment of Henri Nouwen”. Henri Nouwen teaching on a spirituality of vulnerability has touched a cord with many people all over the world. He had his own inner struggles included trying to reconcile […]

News from the Synod

Posted on 08. Oct, 2015 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae

The first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, Monday October 5, was dominated by the introductory address of the synod’s general relator, Cardinal Peter Erdö of Esztergom-Budapest. In his speech Cardinal Erdö reasserted much of the Church’s teaching, and cast doubt on the possibility of changes during the Synod. Cathal […]

Annulments made easier

Posted on 17. Sep, 2015 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Married Couples, Sexuality, Uncategorized

Pope Francis has authorised the most far-reaching reform of the Church’s marriage annulment process in three centuries. The Pope has not changed the criteria under which the Church grants annulments, but has streamlined the process to make it faster, easier and less expensive. Francis’ reforms remove the need for all judgments to be reviewed automatically, getting rid […]