Inspired by Mary

Posted on 18. Mar, 2021 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Young people

In this piece from 2017, we hear from Comedian Breda Larkin who created a one-woman show, inspired by the moving statues in Ballinspittle. Called “Breda’s Way” the show started in Ballinspittle and then became an epic journey around Ireland, visiting town and grottos along the way. Bringing a statue of Mary with her for company […]

Questioning Celibacy

Posted on 30. Jul, 2020 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Vocation

Fr Bernárd Lynch is a Catholic priest who is gay and married. His journey has caused controversy, but in this piece from the archives he argues that he is living true to who he is. He further argues that very few priests are called to celibacy and that not many of them are living up […]

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 […]

Celebrating Marriage

Posted on 28. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Family, Married Couples, Mass, Music, Sexuality, Vocation

Not many know that marriage was one of the last sacraments to be included, says Richard Leonard SJ in his book, Hatch Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments. He talks about why it is so important and that it’s wonderful to have a sacrament to celebrate and promote the healthy sexuality of marriage. He […]

Sexuality and Salvation Part II

Posted on 21. Nov, 2019 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Relationships, Sexuality

Fr Bernárd Lynch recently received the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad from President Michael D. Higgins on November 21 in honour of the work he did as a priest to those with AIDS/HIV. For fifteen years, he was Theological Consultant to Dignity New York – an organisation for LGBT Catholic and their friends. […]

Sexuality and Salvation

Posted on 14. Nov, 2019 in Achievement, Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Sexuality

Fr Bernárd Lynch is to receive the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad from President Michael D. Higgins on November 21 in honour of the work he did as a priest to those with AIDS/HIV. For fifteen years, he was Theological Consultant to Dignity New York – an organisation for LGBT Catholic and their […]

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 […]

The Challenge of Pornography

Posted on 25. Jul, 2019 in Addiction, Christian Values, Community, Sexuality, Young people

The recent case of the murder of Ana Kriegel, shocked the country. One of the boys who was convicted of the crime was also found to have had thousands of images of pornography on his phone, some of which were violent. It raised questions around how much porn young people are seeing and whether it’s […]

Christian Inclusion for LGBT+ People

Posted on 13. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Sexuality

The Vatican recently released a statement looking at gender and sexuality, entitled, “Male and Female, He created them”. This is a view that Rev. Brandan Robertson, author, activist, and pastor, working at the intersections of spirituality and social renewal, feels does not represent the full picture. He believes that LGBT+ people have existed since the beginning of […]

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 […]