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Cardinal launches MacGreil Survey

Micheál MacGréil opted for an internal launch of his report on religious attitudes in the Republic 2007-2008. John Cooney, who has always been fair to Micheál, gave the survey a headline in the Irish Independent: “95% of us still believe there is a God”. The sixty or so who gathered for the launch in Maynooth on 10 June included the ...

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Sobering questions

On the day following the  Dublin March for Abuse Victims, Provincial John Dardis met the heads of some ministries to reflect on serious questions: How could Religious lead such split lives, in which commitment to spiritual practices lived side by side with systemic abuse? Was it by buying into the myth of the superiority of priests and religious?  Abuse continues wherever people are not given ...

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JCFJ tackles housing

For several years, a common view of housing was that ‘the boom could only get boomier’, said Kathy Sheridan, Irish Times journalist (pictured here), who launched ‘The Irish Housing System: Vision, Values, Reality’, a new policy paper from the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice on Wednesday, 10 June. However, the comprehensive data and rigorous analysis presented by Dr Michael ...

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An Timire ag dul ar aghaidh

An Timire and FÁS have taken on a new manager in a drive to promote Irish-language publications. Fionnuala Mac Aodha (pictured here) will manage both operations from the Messenger office on Leeson Street. Fionnuala has a degree in Psychology and a postgrad in Marketing. Her 15 years of experience with Irish-language media will hold her in good stead as she ...

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JRS and local elections

Eugene Quinn, National Director of JRS Ireland responded to allegations by some local election candidates that migrants have not contributed to Irish society as “fundamentally unfair”. In a contribution to a Limerick Leader article, he argues that it is unjust to fail to recognise the significant contribution that migrants workers migrant workers “who live, work hard and pay their taxes ...

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Facing the fury

Brian Grogan was one of the Jesuits who joined the solidarity-with-victims march in Dublin. He was startled by the level of anger even in a silent march. Though he was not in clerical dress, he was accosted by one man: “Are you a priest?” “I am,” said Brian. “Well f- you priests.” The man looked closer. “Are you a Jesuit?” ...

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Hard school to get into

In his column in Avondhu (a Co. Cork weekly), David Gaffney SJ gives a new meaning to educational exclusivity. The Jesuit school in Kibera, a slum of Nairobi, Kenya, has strict criteria for selecting pupils: the child’s parents must be dead; they must have died of AIDS; and the pupils must live in Kibera itself – with no running water, basic ...

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Jesuitica: Changing times

When Pope Gregory XIII needed advice on how to revise the Julian calendar in 1582, he turned to a Jesuit mathematician at the Roman College, Christopher Clavius, who said: “Suppress ten days in the Julian calendar, and every 400 years omit the extra day of what would otherwise be a leap year.” Even though English Protestants denounced it as a ...

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Short notices and events

The US Catholic network EWTN will broadcast the DVD entitled ‘The Heart of Jesus in History’ on their European network at 7.30 a.m. on Friday 19 June, the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Phil Mullally, from Sutton in Dublin,  is the Producer and Barney McGuckian SJ wrote the script. The English, Spanish and French versions may be purchased through a dedicated website. FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY 16-17 June: ...

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