T he need for a tool to enable different religions to engage with one another has never been as crucial as it is today. The rapidly changing face of ‘Catholic Ireland’ has meant the importance of inter-religious dialogue has become much clearer in recent decades.   It has become evident in todays increasingly pluralist society that...

There is a Norwegian proverb that reads: Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer. When I was a child in elementary school one of the stories assigned to us in our textbook for literature had that title and it told the story of a young boy who had fallen through the ice while skating and was left clinging, cold and alone, to the edge of...

Human beings love to scapegoat. Whenever anything goes wrong our first instinct is to find someone to blame. We rarely blame ourselves and almost never our own community. Consider the merciless attacks on Giovanni Trappatoni ever since Euro 2012 where our team was beaten by all three sides it played. It reached a crescendo a couple of weeks ago...

There has seldom been such a media storm in Britain as that pertaining to the onging scandal over the late Jimmy Savile, and the hundreds of alleged victims coming forward to claim that he had abused them.  The evidence is considerable that Savile was what is clinically called a ‘hebephile’ – a person whose sexual orientation is incorrigibly...

We are sometimes told that religious sisters are a species in decline, and indeed the much-respected Margaret MacCurtain, Sister Benvenuta, once opened a speech with the word: “I am a dinosaur!” The nuns we once knew would soon be among the ‘last of the Mohicans’ as religious orders diminished and convents closed down. At the conference in...

The Second Vatican Council, the 21st ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church, was announced by Pope John XXIII on January 25, 1959. On October 11, 1962, after four years of preparation, the Council formally opened. The Council held four annual autumn sessions; the last three (1963-65) were presided over by Pope Paul VI, who succeeded John...

In her most recent book, a series of essays entitled, When I was a Child I Read Books, Marilynne Robinson includes an essay called Wondrous Love. She begins the essay autobiographically, confessing her deep, long-standing, faith as a Christian and her ever-deepening wonder and awe at the mystery of God. She goes on to express some of her fears...

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