The former abbot of Glenstal, Fr Mark Patrick Hederman, has suggested that the Church’s teachings on sexuality need to be dramatically modernised, and he has provided a list for this agenda including celibacy and the subjugation of women. Any campaigner for change needs to beware of taking too broad a brush to an agenda. I love those...

The heart has its reasons, says Pascal, and sometimes those reasons have a long history.Recently I signed a card for a friend, a devout Baptist, who was raised to have a suspicion of Roman Catholics. It’s something he still struggles with; but, don’t we all! History eventually infects our DNA. Who of us is entirely free from suspicion...

Fr Vincent SherlockIt’s good, I suppose, to be on the back page of a newspaper without being in the obituary or ‘items for sale’ sections!There’s a lot of talk about ‘low morale’ these days. It may well be across the board, but quite often this crops up at diocesan gatherings of priests or maybe in some quieter...

In response to the latest census information – showing that just over 78% of people in the Irish Republic now describe themselves as Catholic (down from 84%), there have been calls to involve more women in the Church’s structures and institutions. The thinking is that the male-dominated structure of the Church makes Catholicism seem...

There has been a great deal of coverage about the undoubtedly significant fact that the number of people living in Ireland who say they belong to no religion has soared in the five years from Census 2011 to Census 2016.These ‘nones’ as they are called (because they mark the box marked ‘none’ in the Census religion question...

The latest proposal from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) will make it very difficult for patrons and boards of management of Catholic primary schools to fulfill their legal and statutory obligation to uphold their schools’ ethos.  The 1998 Education Act states that primary school boards “shall uphold, and...

Believers and non-believers alike have been arguing about the Resurrection since the day Jesus rose. What really happened? How was he raised from the dead? Did an actual dead body really come back to life and step out of the grave or was the Resurrection a monumental life-changing event inside the consciousness of Jesus’ followers? Or was...

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