Catholicism

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.…

Class and Religion

As Irish society becomes more middle class better educated and widely travelled, it’s easy to assume that ‘all’s well’ in Ireland. It’s said that all boats rise on the tide, both economically and socially; but if it was that simple then the ills of modern society could be easily solved, and in a very short…

Nationwide Survey Reveals Surprising Facts About Irish Student Attitudes Towards Religion

PRESS RELEASE                               13/08/2013 66% of students surveyed don’t believe that religion makes the world a better place. Only 37.5% state that they believe in God. 83.5% believe abortion should be allowed in Ireland A student-focused survey conducted by Youth Research experts, The Student Marketing Network, has uncovered some very interesting statistics regarding Irish students and…

Pope Francis I

The Roman Catholic Church tonight has a new Pope. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina was elected Pope on the second day of the Papal Conclave to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. He is the 266th successor to St Peter. He announced that he was taking the name Francis which may hint…

The Spiritual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected to the Chair of St. Peter in April 2005, he was 78 years old and said that he did not expect to have a long papacy. His predecessor, John Paul II, was elected at the age of 58 and reigned for 26 years. Benedict is 85 now and has…

Who Are The Cardinals Who Will Likely Succeed Benedict XVI?

Who are the cardinals who will likely succeed Benedict XVI? According to the (very well informed) website Vatican Insider, the most likely candidates are the Austrian Christoph Schoenborn, Archbishop of Vienna, the Italian Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, the Philippine Luis Antonio Tagle, the American Timothy Dolan, the Brazilian-born German Odilo Pedro Scherer. French Canadian Marc…

New Pope Will Have To Be A Guru In Social Media

While not revealing his choice for the 267th occupant of the Chair of Saint Peter, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, said that whoever is chosen as the next pope must be conversant in social media as well as the gospel to lead today’s global Catholic Church.

Abortion: An Inconvenient Truth

In Ireland we’re a kind race of people, not Germanic Anglo Saxons, war-like Norse Vikings or dour lowland Scots. Recent genetic tests suggest we’re closely related to the Basque of north western Spain. Our cultural heritage is distinct and different to our neighbours to the north and east of us, and our closest links lie far away to…

Pope’s Resignation: What Happens Now?

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on 28th February because he hadn’t “both strength of mind and body” to continue as the Spiritual head of the Catholic Church — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before…

Full Text of Pope’s Announcement

Below is the full text of the Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement of his resignation later this month which caught the Cardinals he was meeting, along with the rest of the world, by surprise.   Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you…

Pope Benedict XVI To Resign

Disbelief and amazement: these are the moods prevailing in St. Peter among the pilgrims who continue to arrive in St. Peter Plaza from all over the world. “Did the Pope really resigned?” “Not possible!” are the prevalent comments. What was supposed to be a normal visit to the Vatican, ended up as an appointment with…

January’s Spiritual Equality Brief

We’re at a point in history that great changes occur but they go unnoticed by the masses. Alas the same goes for momentous changes for equality in Spirituality and Religion around the world. The people and organisations who struggle for spiritual equality, the highs, the lows, all mostly unknown and untold of. Sadly the same goes for the populous they fight…

An Interfaith Advent

I made it my aim this Advent to worship with members of the four largest Christian denominations here in Ireland (Church of Ireland [First Sunday], Presbyterian Church [Second Sunday], Methodist Church [Third Sunday] and the Catholic Church [Fourth Sunday]) every Sunday of Advent, to show Christian spirit, to show Christian unity, to show what makes us unique and our many similarities during…