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 […]

Celebrating Youth 200

Posted on 12. Sep, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Vocation

  Youth 2000 is a Catholic youth organisation that organises lively faith festivals, retreats, prayer groups and other events for young people aged 16-35 across the island of Ireland. Peter Sands, a Youth 2000 leader and secondary school teacher, spoke with Conor Deane from his office in Maynooth about the new year ahead and the […]

Climate Change for Ireland

Posted on 12. Sep, 2019 in Community, Environment

As more and more report come in from around the world about extreme weather – most recently in the Bahamas with over a thousand missing- we listen back to a piece from 2007 looking at climate change. This piece looks at what we might expect in Ireland. We all know that climate change is inevitable, […]

Bursting Out in Praise

Posted on 05. Sep, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Depression, Gospel Values, Mental Health

Gavin T. Murphy, blogger with the website, I love bipolar  talks about the spiritual journey that the highs and lows of bipolar have brought him on. He has also presented a series of reflections on his life’s journey with RTE Radio One’s A Living Word programme.  From that series he was asked to write a […]

Communicating God’s Love

Posted on 29. Aug, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Liturgy, Music

Continuing with our pieces from the archive, we hear about Radio Maria, a Christian Radio station that aims to help communicate God’s divine love and Mercy, which was launched in Ireland on Thursday Feb 11th.  Fr. Michael Ross SDB, a Salesian Priest, is director of Radio Maria Ireland. He talks with Conor Deane before the […]

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 […]

Steve Bannon challenges Pope

Posted on 01. Aug, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values, Liturgy

Steve Bannon, the architect behind Trump’s rise to power, is set to take aim at the Pope. Unhappy with the Pope on several positions, in particular anything that looks supportive of immigrants or any kind of socialism, he wants to train people to fight Pope Francis’ ideology. This new training ground will actually be in […]

Parish Priest to the Travelling Community

Posted on 01. Aug, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Discrimination, Family

Despite generations of poverty and prejudice from both the government and ordinary Irish citizens, the faith of the itinerant Irish Traveller community today is strong, say local parish priest, Fr. Paul O’Driscoll. There are about 40,000 Travellers in Ireland, about 0.7 percent of the population. Fr Paul O’Driscoll is their parish priest and says the […]

The Immigrant’s Dilemma

Posted on 01. Aug, 2019 in Charity, Church Teachings, Community, Discrimination, Faith and Justice, Poverty

Every year in August, we share some of our archive pieces. This year our pieces come from 2007. Here is a piece that is still pertinent for today – being an immigrant. How many of us ever stop to think about what it really must be like to land in a strange country, knowing no-one […]

Unveiling St Oliver Plunkett

Posted on 25. Jul, 2019 in Achievement, Art, Christian Values, Community, Saints

Dony MacManus, well-known Irish sculptor was commissioned to create a dramatic bronze statue of St Oliver Plunkett in the final moments of his earthly life. It was unveiled on July 9th, the 350th anniversary of St Oliver’s appointment as Archbishop of Armagh. In this interview with Conor Deane, Dony talks about the process of commissioning […]