The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny’s critique of the Vatican

                          Last week, the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, denounced “the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism and the narcissism that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day,” in a speech that represented the government’s sharpest-ever direct attack on the Roman Catholic leadership.   The revelations in the Cloyne report have brought the Government, Irish Catholics and the Vatican to an unprecedented juncture. It is fair to say that after the Ryan and Murphy reports, Ireland is, perhaps,...
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Trade Unions: delivering justice at work and in society’

Trade Unions: delivering justice at work and in society’ I want to begin by paying tribute the work you do within the National Justice and Peace Network – striving for social justice in this country and right around the world, putting the social teachings of the Catholic Church into practice. Thank you for being both welcoming and willing to have a dialogue with a representative of a trade union movement which represents people of all faiths and none. I was brought up a Catholic in my home town of Oxford, which in the 1960s and 70s was a place very much divided between town and gown. As a...
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Come Out My People!”: God’s Call out of Empire and Beyond by Wes Howard-Brook (Maryknoll, N.Y.:Orbis Books, 2010) xvii, 525 pp, $30 USD Cutting ties with religion of empire A review by John Dear, S.J.

  A year ago, I spent ten days staying at Tahrir Square in Cairo, marching with protesters after 1400 of us were denied entrance into Gaza by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. We were threatened, harassed and followed by undercover police. It was a scary experience of dictatorship, repression, and empire. So I rejoice with the crowds who peacefully assembled and marched these last few weeks in Cairo demanding an end to the brutal thirty year, U.S.-backed regime of Mubarak. I hope and pray that the good people of Egypt will find justice, nonviolent democracy, and new freedom. The long history of...
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Who is Christ for Us Today? Dietrich Bonheoffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison: A Biography Martin Marty. Hardback: Princeton UP, 2011. Reviewed by Jess Hale

In a digital age, many fear the practice of letter writing is dying at the hands of the technological innovations of email and Twitter. Not only that but commercial publishers continually offer us celebrity and political memoirs, frequently polished and ghostwritten, that provide us with a superabundance of information about many who have not lived rich or significant lives.  Still a German pastor from a Nazi prison cell in Berlin asks a friend in a letter “who is Christ actually for us today?” (4/30/1944) and a host of readers since then cannot put that book of letters down because...
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from The Sexual Believer by Noel Cooper

  Consecrated Celibacy The celibacy that has been required of Roman Catholic priests and members of religious communities is intended to be a sign of total dedication to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In our time it has become a sign that is not heard. “If salt has lost its taste . . . it is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out” (Matt 5:13). Every person who has promised to observe lifelong celibacy for the sake of the gospel has done so out of idealism, even when accepting celibacy rather unwillingly as “part of the package” required for ordination to the...
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