The Future of the North

Posted on 26. Sep, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Humane Vitae

Peadar Tóibín is an Irish politician who has served as Leader of Aontú since January 2019. He has been a Teachta Dála for the Meath West constituency since 2011. He previously served as Chair of the Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from 2016 to 2018. Here he talks with Conor Deane […]

John Bruton on his Faith

Posted on 05. Sep, 2019 in Christian Values, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Schools

John Bruton, who served as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997, was one of the youngest every members of the Dáil – elected at only 22. Educated in Clongowes Wood College, he says that his education there gave him a good formation in his Catholic Faith, and that his time in politics thought him about compromise and […]

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 […]

Compassion around Abortion

Posted on 23. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Humane Vitae

It is one year since the abortion referendum. A vote which according to Dr David Thunder, raises questions on compassion. Dr Thunder is a university lecturer and researcher in moral, political, and social philosophy who grew up in Ireland where he studied at UCD. Subsequently, David moved to the United States to pursue a Ph.D […]

Eddie Stone on his Hopes and Hurts

Posted on 07. Mar, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Death, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae

Eddie Stones healer and family man talks about the future for Emmanuel House where himself and his wife work. He has worked there for years, but hopes that someone else can take over the work. Eddie talks about how even in the deepest of tragedies, you need to step back and see if you can […]

Speak Out Part 2

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Sexuality

In the last Census, 78% of people registered as Catholics and a recent survey showed that 93% of parents baptise their children. However despite this, all the recent referendums showed a country very much at odds with Church teachings. In this second part with Joe Mulvaney, he talks about how we need to separate the […]

Speak Out for Reform

Posted on 22. Nov, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Liturgy, Sexuality, Vocation

In this two part series, Joe Mulvaney talks about his new book, Speak Out for Reform in the Catholic Church. In this first part he talks about his own life and reservations with the Church, how he left ordained ministry and married his wife Maureen. He says that after Vatican Two there was hope that the […]

The Pope’s Visit

Posted on 16. Aug, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Climate Change, Feminism/Women in the Church, Humane Vitae, Pope Francis

In this piece from earlier this year, we remember some of the excitement expressed by Irish Jesuit theologian Gerry O’Hanlon that Pope Francis would travel to Ireland from 25 to 26 August this year and that he would be very welcome. The visit is timed to coincide with the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, with […]

Interrogating Hauerwas Part 2

Posted on 12. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, War / Civil Unrest

In this second interview with Stanley Hauerwas, named “America’s Best Theologian” by Time magazine in 2001, he gives his reaction to the recent Irish referendum and questions whether the debates we were having were really getting to the heart of the matter. He also looks at the idea of peace and believing in a peaceful future, setting aside […]

Reflection on the Referendum

Posted on 31. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Humane Vitae

Gerry O’Hanlon SJ reflects on last week’s referendum and the resounding Yes vote. Addressing the issue of conscience, Dr O’Hanlon says he believes that the Catholics who voted on Friday were thoughtful, intelligent adults  who did not see the choice they faced in black and white terms. They were particularly aware, he added, of the hard […]