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Pope Francis has set out a synodal pathway for the Catholic Church of the future. The concept of a pope asking his flock to speak out is a novel one, and one that has encountered some resistance. The model of Church in recent times has been one of an institution with a deep suspicion of open discussion rather than a community where episcopal collegiality is encouraged. These tensions are explored in the Spring 2022 issue of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review.
Hitler Looks West- An Irish Diplomat’s Unwitting Role in the Plan to Alter Irish Neutrality
On 24 August 1942 Ireland’s diplomatic representative to Spain, Leopold Kerney, met a senior figure in the SS (Schutzstaffel), Dr Edmund Veesenmayer, in a Madrid Café. The German had travelled under false papers on a special mission approved by the Reich Foreign Minister, Joachim von Ribbentropp, to sound Kerney out on Ireland’s willingness to to alter its neutral policy in the war.
Julien Green (1900–1998)- Exploring the Intersection of Religion and Literature
The extent and quality of Julien Green’s work has earned for him a place in the pantheon of French, and, indeed, world letters. Born in Paris at the very start of the twentieth century to American parents, Green never felt completely at home in France or in the American South, where he went to pursue a university education.
Some Reflections on Maynooth’s 225th Anniversary
I first went to St Patrick’s College Maynooth in the autumn of 1971. At the time I probably just took it for granted, perhaps too easily, that the mission of the college was to corroborate and sustain the religious beliefs of the Catholic people of Ireland, mainly by educating future priests and teachers of religion.
Synodality- Some Scriptural Perspectives on Communio, Peripheries and the Sensus Fidei
Synodality is so much more than the current pope’s pet project or a passing fad. ‘It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the church of the third millennium.’ The challenge of synodality – to walk together as the whole people of God – is consonant with fundamental convictions that find expression in the New Testament. Scripture, therefore, offers a rich resource for helping us to imagine the life and mission of the church in a synodal key.
The Case for Theology in the University
Con J. Casey
In 2012 the board of Trinity College Dublin agreed to establish an institute for teaching and research in theology in the Catholic tradition. The institute, to be called the Loyola Institute, was to be on campus, and its academic discipline would be among the multidisciplinary academic engagements which comprised the mission and raison d’etre of Trinity College.