Earlier this month a second survey of parental demand for greater choice was rolled out by the Department of Education. For one month parents in certain areas will have the opportunity to express their views on the issue of patronage of schools in their locality. This follows an earlier pilot survey on primary school patronage conducted in...

Claims that Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery is under threat of excommunication from the Catholic Church have dominated headlines this week. Many, including Fr Flannery himself, maintain the threat of punishment is based on being in favour of more open discussion on Church teaching regarding the ordination of women. However, a more serious concern...

Modern Catholics often hear the word ‘ecumenism,’ and most understand that it refers to efforts to unite the various Christian denominations. The ecumenical movement within Christianity aims at the recovery in thought, action, and organisation of the true unity between the Church’s mission to the world and the Church’s obligation to be one. Thus,...

The Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children last week concluded three days of hearings from various experts and interest groups on the issue of abortion. The committee heard from the main Church groups in the first session of the day on Thursday morning. It later heard submissions from advocacy groups on each side of the debate. Chair of the...

The Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary to complete the baptismal grace. According to Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, the baptised “are more perfectly bound to the Church by the Sacrament of Confirmation, and the Holy Spirit endows them with special strength so that they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the...

Pope Benedict XVI recently travelled from his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo to the village of Nemi, to visit the Ad Gentes Centre where he had once worked on a commission drafting the documents of Vatican II. The Ad Gentes Centre, administered by the Divine Word missionaries, was the location where a group of experts including the young...

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a movement within the Church based on the belief that certain charismata or gifts are bestowed by the Holy Spirit, such as the abilities to pray in tongues and to heal, which Christians generally believe existed in the early Church as described in the Bible, should still be practised today. In February 1967, a...

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