All the faithful share in understanding and handing on revealed truth, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.The Catechism also states that the faithful have received the anointing of the Holy Spirit, “who instructs themand guides them into all truth”.It cites the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium which...

The apostles entrusted the ëSacred deposití of the Faith (the depositum fidei), contained in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, to the whole of the Church.By adhering to this heritage, the Church holds that the entire holy people, united to its pastors, remains always faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of...

Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture are bound closely together and communicate one with the other, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.This is because both, "flowing from the same divine wellspring", as the dogmatic constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, outlines, "in a certainway merge into a unity and tend...

"The Year of Faith is a non-event” the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) reported during the summer after meetings with Priests’ Councils. It is perhaps fairer to say that the Year of Faith, which concluded last Sunday, had mixed success in Ireland, as some parishes and dioceses embraced the opportunity to explore and...

There was a time when it would not have been uncommon to walk into an Irish Catholic home and see two portraits hung above a mantelpiece held in equal esteem: Pope John XXIII and US President John F. Kennedy. After the austere Pope Pius XII, ‘Good Pope John’ as he quickly became known, was like a breath of fresh air shining...

The summer now past, we come once again to what is in effect, for many, the beginning of a new year.   It is an opportune time to ask, not only, ‘What am I doing?’, but the more fundamental question, ‘Who am I?’  We, who must live and labour in this secular world, but carry Christ in our hearts, can only respond...

Dear Editor, Over the past few years and especially during the ordination ‘season’ of June/July, you have covered the phenomenon which can only be described as a sort of clericalism (in the best sense of the word).  By that your pictures show the newly ordained in full cottas, amices and bright gold Roman vestments; heightened by...

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