Among hundreds of attendees at the Alpha Ireland Conference last weekend were recently ordained Bishop Michael Router, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop Denis Nulty, and the Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson.
“For the sake of the most vulnerable in our society, for the sake of the victims of our past, for the sake of children in our schools and for the sake of people who need improved health and social care services, now is the time to find a resolution to the political impasse.”
“This is not a time for wringing our hands in frustration or for sitting on our hands in despair. We need to talk. We need to work together. We need to stop deferring decisions that need to be made now.”
In relation to the shortage of priests in the Church, Fr Brian McKevitt said it was no wonder there was a shortage, as no young man would want to join “an outfit that doesn’t even believe in itself or doesn’t believe in its own mission”.
In his homily at a Mass to open the academic year, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin warns that removing the Church entirely from Irish education could be “a deliberate misreading of Irish history”.
Ciara Ferry continues her weekly series looking back at the week’s coverage of the forthcoming referendum. This week, Ciara looks at Senator Catherine Noone and her attack on the Church.
“Together across our community we might come together, each of us and all of us, from all sectors including the churches and acknowledge our part in the hurt, the grief and the pain of the past 48 plus years.”
Archbishop of Cashel & Emly pays tribute to the commitment of teachers and parents, as well as the boards of management, and the facilities available to children today.
“Journalists on occasion have abandoned the careful, nuanced use of language in favour of wild sweeping assertions which ... encourage virulent anti-Catholicism.”