Winter Approaches

The spiritual equivalent of the approaching demographic winter in Europe and the world has surely taken a firm hold in Ireland. A recent report (April 03 2018) in the Irish Examiner on the state of the Catholic Church in Ireland paints a very grim picture of the future for the Faithful in this country. Contrast…

Never Let a Crisis go to Waste The Limerick Synod of 2016

An historic Diocesan Synod was held in Limerick over three days in April of 2016.  It was the first synod to be held in Ireland for 50 years and 400 delegates took part.  50 years ago such an event would have been unremarkable, an instance of ecclesial and clerical housekeeping that would have made it…

Leaving Safe Harbours – Titanic 2

It seems odd to me that the churchmen of our time have lost their way to the degree that they have. You would think that anybody with an ounce of sense or a cursory familiarity with Church history would realise which way was up – so to speak. When I was living in Liverpool the…