Catholicism

Census 2016 Results: Large Growth in No Religion, Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism in Ireland

Preliminary Results from the 2016 Census released by the Central Statistics Office last week show that Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism were the fastest growing religion in Ireland between 2011 and 2016 (Chapter 8, Religion (PDF)) Orthodox Christianity, which included Greek, Coptic, Russian and others, grew by 37.5% during the five years. In 2011 there were…

Spirituality and Suffering

Suffering is a central issue for people of all faiths and none. Making sense of our existence in an often indifferent world is a hard task for every one of us, but factor in the existence of evil into that equation and one can be left confused, confounded and nothing short of perplexed.  For a…

An Open Letter to the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference on The Meaning of Marriage

To all your graces of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Last weekend you distributed to over 1,300 Catholic parishes all over Ireland a document to base your argument in opposition to the upcoming referendum on Marriage Equality entitled ‘The Meaning of Marriage’. Subsequent to this many practising Catholics would have heard from the pews, eulogies…

Spirituality and Service

For centuries in the Roman Catholic tradition the Pope has been seen as being essentially the “servus servorum Dei,” that is “the servant of the servants of God.” It is a title many recent Popes have used in documents of note. Indeed, the present Pope, Francis I sees himself as embodying quintessentially this perspective on the papacy. One of…

Do Something Irish!

The Roman Catholic tradition has held sway in Ireland for quite some time. Its buildings are sometimes beautiful, its services hauntingly solemn, its organisation impressive, and its power virtually unequalled, but it is hardly truly ours; it lacks anything substantial that makes it distinctly Irish. The post modern Paddy is not like his recent ancestors;…

Finding the Hidden Church

I was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. Our house was a stone’s throw from our church. I had my first religious/spiritual experience in that church, just as the local priest was reciting the Lord’s Prayer; it was a revelation having to do with the nature and function of God’s will – I must have…

The Winds of Spiritual Change

It’s hard to believe the litany of travesties that have occurred in this country at the hands of the authorities of the Roman Tradition. I don’t think I need list them all out. The hypocrisy, treachery, and unparalleled deceit of its leaders has left the ground crew reeling and utterly lost as to ways to…

The Theology of the Flawed

The Inner Kingdom Reconsidered One day I asked a friend of mine to come along to a public meeting that was looking to explore the future of the Church in Ireland. My friend is Eastern European and was raised without any faith-tradition, the nation being strongly influenced by the atheistic policies of Russia. We’d known…

Hindus welcome Church of Ireland’s 1st woman bishop

PRESS RELEASE                               01/12/2013 Hindus have welcomed Church of Ireland, a province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, for appointing its first woman bishop. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, called it a historic achievement and “a…

Pope Francis Calls for Powers to be Stripped from Vatican

The Pope has outlined his vision for the future of the Catholic Church, call for powers to be stripped from the Vatican, although he ruled out allowing women priests. Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican, in the first major work he has written in the role.…