Ordaining Women

Posted on 12. Sep, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan is an ordained Bishop and Priest with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, ARCWP.org . While the Vatican has decreed formally that a woman who attempts to be ordained a Catholic priest and the person attempting to ordain her are automatically excommunicated, Dr Bridget argues that her ordination and those of […]

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

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 […]

Exploring The Call

Posted on 17. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

Rev Ása Bjork Olafsdottir talks to Conor Deane about the origins of her calling in her rectory in Dún Laoghaire, where she lives now with her family. Ása is from Iceland and has been in Ireland for many years. She loves her work and her parishioners but in particular she describes how she felt she had […]

Hearing our Body’s Call

Posted on 20. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music Therapy, Prayer, Spiritual, Vocation

In this second part of our series with Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, she explores how we actually “bully” our bodies.  She points out that we regularly berate our bodies for not being what we think they should be, in a way that we […]

Celebrating Eastertide

Posted on 25. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Easter, Feminism/Women in the Church, Seasons of the Church Year

Walking to Emmaus © Mary Stephen CRSS Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. Celebrated as a single joyful feast, known as the “Great Lord’s Day”, it is one of the most exciting times in the Church, so says Luke Macnamara OSB, monk of Glenstal Abbey and lecturer in Sacred Scripture […]

Reimagining Women in the Church

Posted on 21. Mar, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Feminism/Women in the Church

International Women’s Day was earlier this month – a time to celebrate the growing recognition of the importance of women. World religions, including Christianity, however have contributed to the denigration and oppression of women, so says Dr Michael O’Sullivan SJ. He is Director of SpIRE –the Spirituality Institute of Ireland – and  author of the […]

What About Me?

Posted on 14. Feb, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

The topic of Women in the Church was again brought to the fore by a meeting of “We are Church” where the key note speaker was Josepha Madigan. Also at the talk was Sharon Tighe-Mooney, who was presenting her book, “What About Me? Women and the Catholic Church”, an exploration into the arguments given to exclude women […]

Protests force Church group to move

Posted on 31. Jan, 2019 in Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church

Colm Holmes from We Are Church We Are Church Ireland revealed that their mid-February meeting promoting the full participation of women in the Catholic Church, to be addressed by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan has been moved to a Dublin hotel after the Mercy sisters withdrew their offer of a […]

Ode to Bridget

Posted on 31. Jan, 2019 in Ecological, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music, Saints

From the Album, Celtic Soul by Nóirín Ni Riain, this beautiful song, Ode to Bridget, draws from the deepest well of the Sean Nós (old style) tradition. It celebrates Bridget and praises her contribution to Ireland, the Earth and others.

Caring for our Common Home 2

Posted on 17. Jan, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Climate Change, Community, EcoCongregations, Ecology, Environment, Feminism/Women in the Church

Don Mullan is a best selling author, humanitarian and media producer who has spent his life working to promote justice. He has worked for years in Africa and South America organising famine relief and helping with development projects. His work there led him to see first hand the environmental damage that was causing havoc on […]