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Goodbye to All That? Ireland After the Pope: Summer 2019
Concerned as it is with the part that Catholic Christianity is playing in who we are and who we are becoming as a people and as a society, the Summer 2019 issue of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review examines the role of religion in this time of rapid cultural change using Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland as a backdrop.
Eight essays explore different aspects of the condition of the Catholic Church today and how it might progress in a culture that is broadly based on an economic model of development.
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‘New’ Ireland and Pope Francis
‘While Pope Francis expressed contrition for the crimes committed by the
clergy, the consensus is that he did not go far enough in terms of outlining the
steps he intends to take to ensure that abuse is eradicated from the church’.
These words were central to an editorial which appeared in the Irish edition
of The Sunday Times on Sunday, 2 September.
A Pope on a Neoliberal Island
It is a year since Pope Francis visited Ireland. Various explanations can be offered for the relatively small numbers who attended the official ceremonies, although it should be remembered that these events represented the largest public gatherings anywhere in the state last year.
The thrust of this article is three-fold. One, ongoing change is now a permanent reality for the Catholic Church. A first step is to accept this reality. Two, dealing with change means ‘living in the grey’, that’s accepting and embracing difficult questions that have no ready-made ‘black and white’ answers.
Young People and the Future of the Irish Church
The World Meeting of Families in August 2018 was a great boost for those who attended the event in the RDS. From the beginning, it was virtually ignored by mainstream media, and while the organisers and attendees valiantly tweeted and posted, it could not overcome the absence of mainstream coverage. Therefore, it had little wider impact beyond the people who attended.