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As the world, blinking and uncertain, attempts to navigate a reality upended and possibly irrevocably changed, it is apt that the theme of the Autumn issue of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, is that of Transformation. We are witnessing – and indeed experiencing – challenges in the fields of education, historical perspective, politics and religion that task us to confront our personal worldview. Studies explores some of these evolving conundrums.

 

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  • 1916: The Honour and the Folly

    Edmond Grace SJ

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    In Ken Burns’s recent documentary series The Vietnam War, one of the interviewees, John Musgrave, describes the first time he saw the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.

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  • Heroes and Villains: A Historian’s Check-List

    Felix M Larkin

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    Historians like me are trained to think about significant figures from the past not as heroes or villains, but in a more nuanced way.

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  • Ireland’s Election 2020: The Shape of Things to Come?

    Anthony White

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    There were a number of unique factors about the Irish general election of February 2020, which in time may cause it to be seen as one of the most significant in the history of the state.

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  • Joseph Ratzinger on the Foundations of Moral Theology

    D Vincent Twomey SVD

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    For Joseph Ratzinger, the future Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, Christianity cannot – in the tradition of Kant – be reduced to ethics.1

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  • Parish Pastoral Councils and Community

    Séamus Lillis

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    Viewing Parish Pastoral Councils (PPCs) as community organisations delivers helpful insights into their supplementary relevance to the Catholic Church in Ireland.

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  • The Amazon Synod, Querida Amazonia and Women

    Phyllis Zagano

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    Commentary before, during, and immediately following the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region, 6–27 October 2019, generally focused on two requests: the restoration (at least in that region) of married priests and women deacons.

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  • The Human Passion for Meaning Making: What Shapes Our Lives

    William Mathews SJ

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    In the preface and opening chapters of Ciarán Benson’s book, The Cultural Psychology of the Self, a major category treated is that of ‘the meaning making self’.1

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  • Universities in the Post-COVID-19 Era

    Professor Ray Kinsella

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented shock to all aspects of every country’s functioning. The most visible effects have been on healthcare and the economy, with associated restrictions on freedoms of movement and worship

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