In a little-reported move at the weekend, Pope Benedict XVI promulgated a set of new Church laws to govern how Catholic charities operate. More than anything else, the document is aimed at ensuring that there is no blurring between how Catholic charities act in practice and Church teaching. For example, there is a provision that Catholic...

There has been growing concern in recent years that the current process for Christian initiation is not best practice. At the International Eucharistic Congress 2012 Theology Symposium, Cardinal Marc Ouellet called for “a deeper reflection on the theology of Christian initiation, and on the relationship of the three sacraments that constitute this...

Who, at the beginning of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, could have predicted that the press would one day be the multi-billion dollar grossing industry that is has become? Could anybody have foreseen the incredible reach of the technological age of computers and digital media? Could the internet, as we know it today, have been more than a...

I have nothing against asking young people their opinions, how they feel about this country and how they see society. They represent the future, so they are entitled to have their say. Current surveys – such as that arising from the President’s seminar ‘Being Young and Irish’ – offer this opportunity to the young. However, I would like to...

The recent establishment of the Association of Catholics in Ireland has raised many questions regarding the role of the laity in the Church. Are they expected to simply toe the party line when it comes to orders from the hierarchy or can they play a more significant role in ‘their’ Church? The group, which is seeking liberal reform in the Catholic...

The rapidly changing face of modern Ireland is being constantly redefined by pluralism and diversity. This has resulted in many positives for Irish society and inter-religious dialogue in particular. The improved relations and understanding between existing religions in Ireland today has been and continues to be important for social cohesion....

The Holy Father – who is 85 - has had some very sweet words to say about the experience of being old. He told a group of elderly Romans that “it’s beautiful to be old” and that they still have so much to offer society. It’s pleasing to hear the Pope make this point, since one so often hears the opposite opinion – that it’s awful to be old. I have...

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