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The Vatican and Jon Sobrino

March 26, 2007 The Vatican and Jon Sobrino Notes on the Vatican Notification of March 2007 by Gerard O’Hanlon SJ Readers of AMDG may have noted the recent Notification from the Vatican Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith concerning the writings of Basque Jesuit theologian Jon Sobrino. The Notification was approved by Pope Benedict last November and published this March, with an accompanying letter asking Episcopal conferences and local ordinaries to adopt ‘measures necessary’ to implement it. Sobrino, 69, has spent most of his Jesuit life in El Salvador, was a close friend of Archbishop Oscar Romero, and is a leading exponent of Liberation Theology. The Notification maintains that

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Trafficking and the Irish sex industry

February 23, 2007 Trafficking and the Irish sex industry by Cathy Molloy Below are excerpts from Cathy Molloy’s lengthy study of trafficking and the Irish sex industry in Working Notes, a quarterly publication of the Jesuit Centre of Faith and Justice, Gardiner Street, Dublin. The whole report can be accessed here. "These stories are horrific. They made us really angry that this could be happening in our country...We are not going to stop until the legislation is changed." (The Carlow Nationalist, 19 May 2005, quoting Catriona Kelly, then a Transition Year student at St. Leo’s College.) At the Young Social Innovator of the

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The Ignatian dimension of Clongowes life

Recently appointed Director of Ethos in Clongowes Wood College, Frank Clarke poses some interesting questions and outlines some new programmes which will further emphasise the role of Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit identity in the college community. Who are the Jesuits? Who was Ignatius? Why do over 20,000 people in the world dedicate their lives to Christ by living the vocation ...

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Fr John Hayes: a Jesuit at war

November 29, 2006 Fr John Hayes: a Jesuit at war New book relates story of WWII Jesuit hero by Patrick McNamara John Hayes, the son of Michael and Agnes Hayes (nee Lyons), 21 Ascot Terrace, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick was born on 15th February 1909. His early education by the Jesuits at The Crescent College in the city was to be an introduction to the priestly life. He joined the Jesuits at St. Stanislaus College, Tullabeg where he started his novitiate in 1925. From 1934 until 1936 he taught as a scholastic at Belvedere College, Dublin. In 1936 he went on to study theology at Milltown Park, Dublin

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Giving of oneself in Zambia and not counting the cost

Conor Gannon went to Zambia with a group of Slí Eile volunteers and worked there with sisters of Mother Teresa’s order. He was deeply impressed both with the sisters and with the Zambian people he met. This summer I was privileged to have the opportunity to put that phrase from St. Ignatius’ prayer – “to give and not to count ...

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Listening and learning: dealing with the threat of suicide

Brendan McManus was at a conference of the Console Suicide Bereavement Group in Dublin on September 22. He was impressed by the concern and good sense of the speakers. The constant refrain of the day was that people must listen well to those who are at risk. As one whose family has been touched by suicide, I could relate to ...

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Islam: opponent or partner?

Michael Hurley regrets that the Pope’s recent reference to Islam in the University of Regensburg will hinder the necessary development of a partnership with all people of faith. Sometime in the 1960s, a book appeared with the title Rome: Opponent or Partner? The author was suggesting that the time had come for his fellow-Protestants to consider the Roman Catholic Church ...

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What separates the Sunni from the Shiite Muslims?

Martin McDermott has spent over 35 years in the Middle East. In this interview with Pat Coyle, he provides valuable insights into the theological and political differences within Islam. Fr. Martin McDermott from the US has been in Beirut for the last 35 years, before that he lived in Baghdad, and he did his doctorate in Islamic Studies. It proved ...

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CFJ in international coalition on immigration

A challenge to the practice of immigration-related detention will be leveled by a new coalition of human rights groups, with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice prominent among them, writes Tony O’Riordan SJ. A number of Irish human rights groups have joined over 100 human rights groups worldwide, to form an international coalition to challenge immigration-related detention. Spread over ...

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Resisting the Lord’s Resistance Army

November 28, 2005 Resisting the Lord’s Resistance Army Africa’s most forgotten and vicious war by John Guiney SJ Night time in Gulu, northern Uganda is haunting. On roads and streets in town there are streams of unaccompanied children flowing in from the surrounding villages, seeking shelter and security for the night. They sleep in churches and schools, under trees, on the pavement, any place they find space and safety. Out there in their villages there is a lurking enemy prowling around, seeking to capture children for their vicious war. They are called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). They prefer to do their evil work at night

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