Catholic Church

The Taliban within

September 28, 2021

GERRY O'HANLON SJ :: It seems as if the Church, while seeing that something is amiss with respect to the status of women, lacks urgency in addressing it

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Resolving the Humanae Vitae crisis

April 13, 2021

Michael McGuckian SJ's new book proposes a resolution to what he says is a crisis in the Catholic Church relating to its doctrine on contraception

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What happened in Chile?

January 24, 2018

Michael O'Sullivan SJ lived in Chile in the 1980s, when the Church was seen to be on the side of the people. Much has changed, as Pope Francis's visit has...

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Where to for the Irish Church?

March 22, 2017

The lead articles of the Spring 2017 issue of Studies all concur in the judgement that a phase – at least a phase – of Irish Catholicism has ended

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How much freedom of speech?

June 22, 2016

The Summer 2016 issue of Studies confronts the hard questions about the rights and limits to freedom of speech raised by the 'Charlie Hebdo' attack on 7 January 2015.

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The Pope is not infallible

February 16, 2016

DERMOT ROANTREE :: The Church does not, strictly speaking, teach that the Pope is infallible. George Wilson, an American Jesuit, explains the issue in a recent Commonweal article

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The Irish Referendum – discerning the spirits

May 28, 2015

GERRY O'HANLON SJ :: The 'yes' side in the recent marriage referendum won a decisive victory. The Church, as Archbishop Martin has acknowledged, needs a reality check. But what shape...

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Insight into inspirations of Pope Francis

March 11, 2015

Austen Ivereigh, British religious journalist and writer, spoke on 2 March in Gardiner Street Church on 'Pope Francis: Behind the mission'. He examined the development of thought of Jorge Bergoglio,...

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The Church and paternalism

February 24, 2015

The Milltown Institute's spring lecture series on the reception of Vatican II over 50 years continued with 'Is the Church unjustifiably paternalistic in speaking of the common good', by Patrick...

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