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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: October 18, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    Church matters

    Pól Ó Muirí

    The autumn issue of Studies is out and is entitled “Healing a broken church? Catholicism after the reports.” Contributors include Nuala O’Loan writing on “Transparency, accountability and the exercise of power in the Church of the future”; Gerry O’Hanlon, SJ, on “The Future of the Catholic Church – a view from Ireland” and David Quinn on “The Irish media and the Murphy Report”.

    Editor Fergus O’Donoghue writes that there is a “need for profound change in attitude at the highest level of the Church, resulting in more than cosmetic changes. The Church is administered by a Curia badly in need of reform; some departments are headed by men who are narrow in outlook, advanced in age and incompetent. Too many Vatican officials have received all their formation in Rome and cannot understand the problems of the local churches. Fear needs to be replaced by participation and consent.”

    Meanwhile, the September/October issue of History Ireland also contains articles on Catholicism with Maurice Curtis writing on militant lay Catholic organisations in Ireland in the first half of the 20th century in “Miraculous Meddlers: the Catholic Action movement”. Catholic action of an entirely different sort is the subject of Robert Doyle’s piece on “The pope’s Irish battalion, 1860” in which he marks the 150th anniversary of the war in which Irishmen fought – and died – for the Pope. Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann, you suspect.

    • Glenda Lough says:

      I suppose the absence of comments speaks volumes. Ok so I’ve ipso facto destroyed my own argument by making a comment but I’m a lapsed protestant and therefore don’t count.

    • patrick says:

      The very person that did not silence the truth to protect the image but brought the truth out for all to see of the sex children abuse cases in Ireland who not only should of been named a new cardinal of the RCC by this pope but could be a great candidate to be the next pope as well was over looked instead. This pope had a great chance to improve the RCC in Ireland just blew it again. The RCC needs Vatican III to turn it around world wide before it to late as it slowly drifts back in to the dark ages of ordinary times.

    • Emer says:

      The catholic church is one of the largest religous organisations in the world and as such has the potential to assist a major spiritual shift in the way ordinary people see their place in the world and how they can contribute to issues as divergent as climate change and personal growth in an increasingly challenging global environment. This is a huge oppertunity for the church to make a meaningful connection with members and non members alike. This is a time when ecumenism and an invitation to non christian churches could revive the discussion on what religion and sprituality actually are and why they are important for the human experience. Lets hope the church can recognise this as a viable path for its future development.

    • shane says:

      Patrick, a Vatican III, sure. But only if its on the same lines as the first one.

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