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Ethics in journalism

Since Fr John K. Guiney took over as president of the Irish Missionary Union, one issue has made huge demands on his energies: the defamation of Fr Kevin Reynolds (pictured here) by RTE’s Prime Time team. When two other priests had declined invitations to speak on Tonight with Vincent Browne, John accepted, feeling that the church has been too timid ...

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Confucius in Gt Denmark Street

Back in the 1970s it used be said that the optimists were learning Russian (taught in Belvedere by Fr Schrenk), and the pessimists Chinese. The opposite is true today. After a wonderful visit to China by a group of Irish Principals, including Belvedere’s Gerry Foley, the links have been growing. They reached a high point on 18 November, when the ...

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JESUITICA: Signposting the Mormons

The Mormons are under particular scrutiny in the USA because one of them, Mitt Romney, has declared an interest in the Presidency. There was a time when they were less acceptable. In 1838 Governor Bloggs of Missouri decreed: “The Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated, or driven from the State, if necessary for the public peace”. ...

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Christmas cards from Jesuit Missions

The Jesuit Mission Office is selling four designed Christmas cards for the price of €1.00 each.  The cards have been designed by school pupils in Eastern Africa and all proceeds will go towards the Jesuit Missions Education Basket. The Education Baskets supports poor and disadvantaged students in Eastern Africa, Zambia and Malawi enabling them to receive a decent education. For ...

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Tour of Roman archives

Damien Burke (Irish Jesuit Archives) and Margaret Doyle (Clongowes Wood College) attended the Catholic Archives Society study trip to Rome last October. Over a six-day period, twelve visits were arranged, which included the Propaganda Fide Archives, the Vatican Secret Archives and the Archives of St Peter’s Basilica. They also had an audience with the Grand Master of the Knights of ...

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Forthcoming events

Sunday 27 November and Sunday 4 December: Magis Ireland: Retreat in Daily Life. For further information, contact [email protected] Tel:01 8880606. Sunday 27 November: Mass for deceased members of Coláiste Iognáid in St. Ignatius, Jesuit Church, Sea Road, at 11.00am. All pupils, staff and parents, both past and present, are welcome. Monday 28 November and following Advent Mondays: Reflection and prayer ...

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Remembering the dead

As the year is dying, Christians remember the dead: the millions whose lives were squandered in tragic wars, and the others, close to us, whom we save from oblivion by memorial rites in November. Colaiste Iognaid in Galway will hold a Mass of remembrance – for the first time – for its past pupils and staff, on Sunday 27th November ...

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Finance a service industry?

Bill Mathews’ first degree was in electrical engineering, long before he thought of the Jesuits. In the best Jesuit tradition (see the Jesuitica story above) he was attracted to mathematics and he worked in mathematical research in the UK before he entered, at the age of 25. Over the years he has taught philosophy, in Ireland and USA, and was ...

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Jesuit ‘journey to trust’

David Tuohy SJ features in a documentary film on the history of the Le Chéile Schools Trust, which comprises over fifty schools from thirteen religious congregations. The aim of the trust is to carry on the legal, financial and inspirational role of trusteeship that has been done by those individual congregations and who now want to renew and reformulate their ...

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Short notices

For an upbeat view of the country’s crisis, look at Edmond Grace SJ’s recent article in Eureka Street. Edmond has written extensively on political and social issues and is the author of Democracy and Public Happiness. Recently he wrote a series of articles for the Irish Times on Ireland’s three crises: banking, political and religious. He chairs the organising committee ...

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