Married Priests

Posted on 31. Oct, 2019 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

The meeting for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region has approved a final document which calls for the ordination of married men as priests and for women to be considered for diaconal ordination. Approved Oct. 26, it is the result of a three-week meeting in Rome. The document presents the synodal assembly’s reflections […]

Celebrating Women in the Church

Posted on 31. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music Therapy

This week, we have an almost prophetic piece of music by Rev Noireen Ni Riain, In Paupertatis Praedio, In the Farmland of Poverty. Following on from the recent meeting for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region looking at environmentalism and the role of women in the Church, this piece looks at the kind […]

Coptic Sisters

Posted on 10. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

  Sr Gabriella and Sr Philomena in St George’s Abbey. Sister Gabriella and Sister Philomena sometimes feel like they are living parallel lives. They were both born in Cairo, Egypt and graduated from the American University of Cairo with masters degrees in economics and worked in the business world after graduation. They have been friends […]

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 […]